N Wales so­cial en­ter­prises up for top awards

Caernarfon Herald - - NEWS -

THE so­cial en­ter­prises com­pet­ing for the top spots at this year’s So­cial Busi­ness Wales Awards have been an­nounced, with five firms from North Wales mak­ing up the fi­nal short­list.

The awards night, be­ing held in Oc­to­ber at the fa­mous Llan­gollen Pav­il­ion, in Den­bighshire, recog­nises ex­cel­lence within the so­cial busi­ness sec­tor in Wales.

Ga­leri Caernar­fon; Den­bighshire Mu­sic Co-op­er­a­tive; Cre­at­ing En­ter­prise CIC; Welsh Moun­tain Zoo and Book of You CIC, from North Wales, have all been short­listed

Derek Walker, chief ex­ec­u­tive at the Wales Co-op­er­a­tive Cen­tre, the na­tional body for so­cial busi­nesses and co-op­er­a­tives, said: “Ev­ery year, it seems to get more dif­fi­cult to short-list for th­ese awards, the qual­ity of the ap­pli­ca­tions are a tes­ta­ment to all the good work that th­ese busi­nesses are do­ing. We know the so­cial busi­ness sec­tor is grow­ing, our re­cent map­ping ex­er­cise showed that the sec­tor now em­ploys ap­prox­i­mately 40,800 peo­ple and is worth an es­ti­mated £2.37bn to the Welsh econ­omy.

“Th­ese busi­nesses are de­liv­er­ing vi­tal ser­vices and cre­at­ing jobs and eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties across Wales. Look­ing at the ap­pli­ca­tions, there are some re­ally in­spi­ra­tional busi­nesses out there with real growth po­ten­tial. We wish all our fi­nal­ists the best of luck and look for­ward to see­ing them at the awards.”

Jamie Tof­frey, of Welsh Moun­tain Zoo and fi­nal­ist in the En­vi­ron­men­tal cat­e­gory, said: “We are re­ally ex­cited to have been short­listed for this award, and look for­ward to at­tend­ing the awards event with some other fan­tas­tic so­cial busi­nesses”

Abi­gail Gil­bert, of Cre­at­ing En­ter­prise CIC and fi­nal­ist in the Ed­u­ca­tion, Train­ing and Em­ploy­ment cat­e­gory, said: “We are de­lighted to have been short­listed for this award. The team are ex­cited about at­tend­ing the awards evening and meet­ing other in­spir­ing so­cial en­ter­prises.”

Tom Barham, of Book of You CIC and fi­nal­ist in the Tech for Good cat­e­gory, said: “We are thrilled to be short­listed for the So­cial Busi­ness Wales Awards. We’ve seen first-hand the pos­i­tive im­pact of our dig­i­tal life rem­i­nis­cence work on the well­be­ing of peo­ple with de­men­tia – and we re­ally hope that this helps us to ex­tend our im­pact fur­ther in Wales through work­ing in part­ner­ship with other in­spir­ing so­cial busi­nesses”.

St­ef­fan Thomas, of Ga­leri Caer- nar­fon, and fi­nal­ist in the So­cial En­ter­prise of the Year and Con­sumer fac­ing cat­e­gory, said: “We are de­lighted to be ac­knowl­edged and short­listed for two awards at the 2017 So­cial Busi­ness Wales Awards.

“Ga­leri Caernar­fon Cyf is now in its 26th year of ex­is­tence as a so­cial en­ter­prise, and the progress and dif­fer­ence the com­pany has made to the area is in­creas­ingly be­ing ac­knowl­edged and recog­nised.

“That is some­thing we are ex­tremely proud of.”

● Ga­leri, in Caernar­fon

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