Social Business Wales Awards – Ceremony 2019

The annual Social Business Wales recognises excellence within the social business sector in Wales. 

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The annual Social Business Wales recognises excellence within the social business sector in Wales.

The awards night, this year hosted at Venue Cymru in Llandudno, will be a chance to celebrate the positive impact that social enterprises, co-operatives, and employee-owned businesses are having across Wales.

A glamorous evening, hosted by Welsh tenor and TV and radio star Wynne Evans, the night promises to be a highlight in the social enterprise calendar, bringing together social entrepreneurs, business leaders, hardworking co-operators and talented innovators from across the sector in Wales.

This event will take place Venue Cymru, Llandudno on Tuesday 24 September from 6.30pm-10.30pm. To book your free ticket, please visit our eventbrite page.

 


Below you can read about this year’s hopeful finalists who all come from a range of social businesses but all demonstrate a dynamic, entrepreneurial and ambitious attitude that are driving the sector forward.

Welsh Social Enterprise of the year – Sponsored by NatWest

As one of our two headline categories, the  Social Enterprise of the Year award is open to any social enterprise that has been operating for more than two years, across any sector. As well as the three finalists who entered directly into this category, the winners of the five sector awards will go through to this shortlist.

Judges are looking for a well established, creative and innovative business that offers a high quality service and has a clearly evidenced social, environmental or community impact. The Social Enterprise of the Year winner will be well managed and sustainable with a clear and ambitious vision for the future. Last year’s winner was Splash Community Trust, a multi facility leisure centre based in Wrexham.

Galeri Caernarfon Cyf

Galeri Caernarfon aims to improve the town of Caernarfon by transforming and refurbishing main empty and dilapidated buildings and to bring life and economy to the town through the arts. To date they have refurbished 20 buildings, started a popular performance skills project for young people and opened Galeri, an ambitious arts hub which houses a theatre, studios, meeting rooms, cinemas a café and more.

Hope Rescue

Hope Rescue is a charity which rescues stray dogs from across South Wales which would otherwise be destroyed. They also campaign against irresponsible breeding practices and greyhound care, provide traditional and supported volunteering opportunities and work with schools to provide work experience and vocational training for young people at risk of exclusion. Since purchasing a rescue centre and diversifying their income, Hope Rescue has been able to double the number of dogs they help annually, saving 829 dogs last year.

RainbowBiz

RainbowBiz is a social enterprise in Flintshire which aims to promote equality and diversity across all protected characteristic groups. They deliver a wide range of community based programmes that reduce social isolation, increase community cohesion, provide meaningful work experience and create a safe environment for those with additional needs to participate in capacity and confidence building activities.

One to watch – Sponsored by Legal & General

Our other headline category is the One to Watch award which celebrates the exciting new businesses and that have entered the social enterprise sector in the last two years.

Judges are looking for ambitious new businesses that have demonstrated impressive impact or growth since their inception. The winner of the One to Watch award will be well designed with a robust business plan that shows potential for future success and sustainability.

Last year’s winner was Natural Weigh, a zero waste shop in Crickhowell.

73 Degrees Film

73 Degrees Film aims to build communities, create original media projects and help more young people in Wales to become employed in the film industry. They work in communities to provide activities to young people in North Wales who are struggling to gain employment, or are isolated due to a lack of provision or mental health issues.

Community Impact Initiative

The Community Impact Initiative is a social enterprise based in South Wales which supports marginalised individuals to develop personal and employability skills though the renovation of properties that are empty or at risk of becoming empty. It aims to provide skills development whilst also tackling a housing issue that is becoming more prevalent across Wales.

DRIVE Taxi Coop

DRIVE is a taxi co-operative in Cardiff which aims to ensure that all staff have fair working conditions and all passengers receive fair and equal access to a high quality taxi service, regardless of whether they require additional assistance. They have forged links with the RNIB and give discounted fairs to passengers with concessionary travel passes.

Therapeutic Activities Group CIC

Therapeutic Activities Group is an organisation that strives to improve the physical, emotional and social well-being of young people who are at risk of developing negative attitudes and behaviours as a result of adverse childhood experiences. Using therapeutic animal assisted activities, the group is supporting schools across Cardiff to help young people in a creative way that doesn’t feel like traditional therapy.

Tech for good – Sponsored by Doopoll

The Tech for Good category rewards social businesses that have harnessed the power of digital technology to increase their social, environmental or community impact. This may be via adopting new technologies to improve the delivery of existing services, or by creating new digital innovations that have a positive impact.

Clyd Alyn

Clyd Alyn is a Registered Social Landlord which responds to the need for social housing in North Wales. They are dedicated to using digital technology to improve the lives of their residents in many ways including; intergenerational sessions where local children teach older residents how to use technology, delivering online CSCS training courses, helping residents access grants to buy technology and employing a dedicated social media officer to proactively communicate with residents online.

Innovate Trust

Innovate Trust is a supported living charity providing support services to over 250 people with learning disabilities, mental health conditions and physical impairments. The charity aims to take a proactive and innovative approach to providing services and have created the UK’s first Smart Supported Living home by upgrading the property to be voice and gesture activated, to maximise accessibility for residents.

Pennysmart CIC

Pennysmart is an independent money advice service that aims to support those most financially vulnerable to become financially stable and improve their overall well-being. They use digital technology to help visitors to a drop in service at a food-bank, giving them the ability to check benefits, search for grants and obtain vouchers online in real time, meaning they can get support for their clients at a much faster rate.

Health and social care – Sponsored by Acuity Law

This category champions health and social care businesses that provide innovative solutions and services to their clients, empowering people and improving their health, well-being and standard of living.

Down to earth

Down to Earth offer life changing experiences to some of Wales’ most vulnerable groups, by offering opportunities to help create buildings with natural and sustainable materials as well as practising sustainable land management. By offering meaningful, peer-based outdoor work, they help rehabilitate those struggling with depression, anxiety and brain injuries.

The Fern Partnership

The Fern Partnership provide affordable, high-quality childcare and community services across the Rhondda Valley, including employment support, social development, training and work experience opportunities. Since 2016 they have grown and diversified, going from 5 members of staff initially to 60 currently, with more job creation predicted in the near future.

Environmental – Sponsored by BIC Innovation

The Environmental award goes to a social business in the environmental or waste management sector who not only have a significant impact on the environment, but who use this impact as a vehicle for education, employment, training opportunities etc.

Awel Aman Tawe

Awel Aman Tawe is a community energy charity that aims to tackle climate change and enable local regeneration in the Upper Swansea and Amman Valley. The set up a community owned wind farm in 2017 and aim to provide rooftop solar panels for over 250 sites in Wales, providing affordable, sustainable energy for community buildings and schools.

Elite Paper Solutions

Elite Paper Solutions offers a confidential paper waste shredding and recycling service to private, public and voluntary sector organisations throughout South Wales. The business provides employment, training and volunteering opportunities to people with disabilities or those experiencing disadvantage.

Consumer Facing – Sponsored by Cowshed

The Consumer Facing category is awarded to a social enterprise that delivers a service or product directly to the general public. The winners will have a reputation for excellence in quality and customer service and have a strong social, environmental or community impact.

Aura Leisure

Aura Leisure manages the majority of leisure and cultural services previously operated by Flintshire County Council. Their portfolio includes leisure centres, libraries, museums and children’s play areas. Aura aims to improve the quality of life of its customers through the provision of popular culture and leisure opportunities that impact positively on mental health and physical well-being. They also provide skills training, lifelong learning and employment opportunities to the local communities.

Greenwich Leisure

Greenwich Leisure, the UK’s first Social Enterprise leisure trust, started in London but currently operate 8 leisure centres in the Cardiff area. Their mission statement is to help more people, in more communities, feel better by promoting a healthy and active lifestyle. Their surplus is reinvested into communities in the form of refurbishing facilities, the Greenwich Community Fund and the Greenwich Sports Foundation.

Holywell Leisure Centre

Holywell Leisure aims to provide a service that improves the health and well-being of the local community by offering both physical and mental stimulation and being a social hub for a town that is often considered to be ‘in decline’. As well as sports facilities, the centre hosts the town library and collaborates with other organisations to provide a number of classes including Welsh, literacy and numeracy and digital awareness.

Employment, Education and Training

The Employment, Education and Training award celebrates a social enterprise that provides access to education and skills training, formal and informal learning opportunities, work based training and placements, jobs for people in a supported environment and more. These enterprises empower people to improve themselves and gain confidence, promote equality and accessibility to education and employment.

Elite Paper Solutions

Elite Paper Solutions offers a confidential paper waste shredding and recycling service to private, public and voluntary sector organisations throughout South Wales. The business provides employment, training and volunteering opportunities to people with disabilities or those experiencing disadvantage.

Empower – Be The Change

Empower – Be The Change works in partnership with a range of local and national organisations to deliver bespoke programmes which increase people’s confidence, motivation, independence and self-management. In doing so, they directly address issues of poverty, community cohesion, well-being, access and attainment across all aspects of learning.

The Fern Partnership

The Fern Partnership provide affordable, high-quality childcare and community services across the Rhondda Valley, including employment support, social development, training and work experience opportunities. Since 2016 they have grown and diversified, going from 5 members of staff initially to 60 currently, with more job creation predicted in the near future.

Sponsors

A huge thank you to all our sponsors who support us and make this event possible.

Social Business Wales is funded by the European Regional Development Fund and Welsh Government. It is delivered by the Wales Co-operative Centre and is part of the Business Wales service.