Welsh social enterprise PS Services announced winners of the One to Watch category at the UK Social Enterprise Awards.
Derek Walker, Chief Executive of the Wales Co-operative Centre, congratulates the Welsh winners who have been recognised for their achievements at UK level.
When the winners at the Social Enterprise Awards Wales were announced at our awards ceremony in the Swalec Stadium in Cardiff in October, we knew that they would automatically be entered into the UK Final and would have a good chance of achieving recognition at a UK level.
The quality of nominations that we received at the Welsh awards this year made it very hard to pick winners in all four of the categories we judged.
Our judges did an excellent job to select Galeri Caernarfon, Gofal Enterprises (trading as PS Services), United Welsh and Pembrokeshire serial social entrepreneur Cris Tomos. The varied field of high quality nominees proves the high standard and tremendous impact the social enterprise sector has in Wales.
We are delighted to congratulate PS Services, the social business of mental health charity Gofal for its win in the UK One to Watch category.
Gofal Enterprises / PS Services were awarded the One To Watch title at our Wales event for their cleaning and grounds maintenance business which was established to provide supportive employment to vulnerable individuals seeking to return to the labour market.
At the time, Gethin Palmer, Business Manager of PS Services said,
“When an estimated 38% of employers would not knowingly employ someone with a mental health problem, PS Services plays a crucial role in supporting people to learn new skills, build their confidence and access employment opportunities through our cleaning and grounds maintenance services. In addition, any profits go back into Gofal’s work to support people with mental health problems, through home and family support, employment and skills, crisis intervention and community wellbeing projects.”
PS Services and Gofal Enterprises is an excellent example of a social enterprise delivering on its social aims whilst offering a professional and sustainable service to its customers. It addresses a direct social need by employing people with mental health issues whilst offering a viable, sustainable and sellable product to the market place.
It is heartening to see this success on a UK wide stage as an indicator that the profile of the social enterprise sector in Wales is increasing across the country as a whole. Social enterprises and co-operatives are viable and successful business models that can support communities to create jobs and growth. As our own awards ceremony and conference proved, the social enterprise sector in Wales is thriving and growing and making an important contribution to the economy of Wales. It is great to recognise that and to acknowledge the contribution that every social enterprise in the country makes.