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Social Enterprise Awards Wales – winners

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Social Enterprise Awards Wales Start-up winner: Vi-Ability Educational Programme.

Social Enterprise Awards Wales Leader of the Year winner: Sharon Jones from Crest Recycle

Social Enterprise Awards Wales Social Enterprise of the Year winner: Co-options

A capacity audience attended the Social Enterprise Awards Wales ceremony at lunchtime today (Tuesday March 01), held at the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff.

Nicola Heywood Thomas introduced and hosted the awards, which began with a short video speech from Carl Sargeant, Minister for Social Justice and Local Government. He emphasised that passion, commitment combined with good business are key to social enterprise in Wales.

He said “The time is right to look for an alternative way of doing business, such as social enterprise. It is the social enterprises in this room today that are making a real difference to the lives of people in their communities.” You can view the whole of the Minster’s speech below.

Derek Walker, settling in to his role as Chief Executive at the Wales Co-operative Centre, spoke after the Minister. “The awards are the Oscars of the social enterprise world,” he said. “They’re crucial in marking the significant contribution that social enterprises make to society and the economy in Wales.”

Barclay Davies from The Co-operative introduced the Social Enterprise Awards Wales Start-up category. The finalists for this award were Grow Enterprise Wales, Viability and Tredegar CIC and the overall winner was Vi-Ability Educational Programme.

Kelly Davies of Vi-Ability Educational Programme said “It’s great for staff and volunteers; the Award is a great launch pad.”

Harri Lloyd Davies from Bevan Buckland introduced the Social Enterprise Awards Wales Leader of the Year category, the finalists for which were Andy Burns (Cycle Training Wales), Kelly Davies (Vi-Ability), Sharon Jones (Crest Recycle) and Andy Lowe (Co-options).

The overall winner was Sharon Jones from Crest Recycle. Sharon added ” It’s not just about me, it’s a team effort and great to be recognised.”

Social Enterprise Awards Wales Social Enterprise of the Year category was introduced by Simon Harris from Business in the Community Wales. BITC Wales also were the sponsors of this category.

Finalists for Social Enterprise Awards Wales Social Enterprise of the Year were Co-options, Crest Recycle and Galeri, and the overall winner was Co-options. On winning the award, Andy Lowe of Co-options said “We will use the Award to demonstrate to other people about the work of social enterprises.”

Carl Sargeant, Minister for Social Justice and Local Government:

For more information, please visit www.socialenterpriseawardswales.org.uk

Written by C Kenzie

March 1, 2011 at 5:02 pm

Posted in social enterprise

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