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Big Ideas Wales at the Social Enterprise Awards

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Tonight, the Social Enterprise Awards Wales has taken place at Glasdir, Llanrwst. One of the sponsors was Big Ideas Wales, who supported the Inspiring Young Enterprise category. This guest blog post comes from the Big Ideas Wales team, following a successful night for ‘Changing Rooms, Changing Lives’ who won the award.

When we ask young people what is the first thing that comes to mind when the word business is mentioned, more often that not, they say “profit.” If we left it there, the picture wouldn’t be complete because we know, it’s much more than that.

Social enterprises are businesses that improve communities, deal with social problems and the environment. The people who run these businesses are some of the most imaginative and passionate people who are committed to making a difference to people’s lives and the communities in which they are based.

Big Ideas Wales is a Welsh Government campaign that partners with local entrepreneurs from all over Wales to inspire and develop the entrepreneurial potential of young people. Last year, we inspired 45,000 young people to consider being their own boss. Some of these young people have gone on to win a place on the Big Ideas Wales Challenge and also prestigious enterprise awards.

Throughout October, Big Ideas Wales is running a campaign to raise awareness of what it means to be a social entrepreneur. In addition to that, we’ve partnered with the Wales Co-operative Centre to sponsor the Inspiring Youth Enterprise award category. This is an exciting new category that will award a young person aged 8 to 24 for the excellent work they’re doing in making a difference.

Social enterprises have an important role within the economy and in improving the quality of people’s lives throughout Wales. We want to recognise and encourage the social consciousness and spirit within Wales and we look forward to doing this at the Wales Co-operative award ceremony.

To find out more about what Big Ideas Wales, visit the website –

The Big Ideas Wales Team


Written by Mark Smith

September 30, 2014 at 8:20 pm

Posted in co-operatives

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