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Swansea social enterprise celebrates winning prestigious procurement award

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Swansea training and consultation co-operative, Dynamix has won a prestigious award for procurement at the Welsh National Procurement Awards in Deganwy, North Wales.

The procurement awards aim to highlight the good practice of both procurement teams who purchase services and goods for the public sector, and the businesses that supply them. Dynamix won the ‘Most Improved Supplier Award’ at the ceremony which recognises a supplier who has made use of the support services to improve their tendering methods and thereby improved their chances of winning public sector contracts.

Amy Sanders

Amy Sanders

Dynamix was set up in Swansea 23 years ago and has built up a reputation for working with children, young people and adult community members and the professionals that support these groups.

Amy Sanders is one of the directors of Dynamix. She commented,

“The decision to give the award to Dynamix is a tremendous opportunity to both shine a light on social enterprises and how they can make a meaningful contribution to supply services to local authorities and public bodies.

With such a thriving social enterprise sector in Wales, we believe that a social enterprise succeeding in the Procurement Awards is a sign that the proportion of services supplied to the public sector by social enterprises is growing. Social Enterprises need to be recognised for the additional benefits they bring to the public sector. As award recipients, Dynamix hope we can continue to advise how procurement can be done in a way that values social enterprises and does not disadvantage them.

The tendering process is seen as such an obstacle for some social enterprises and Dynamix are so proud that we have been recognised for the enormous hard work we have invested in order to be able to meet the exacting requirements so that we can compete on an equal playing field. It has really paid off in Dynamix’s ability to secure significant contracts and broaden our work.”


Written by Mark Smith

March 27, 2013 at 5:07 pm

Grow Enterprise Wales training team picks up Inspire! Adult Learning Award

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The Grow Enterprise Wales training team, which was created to help 18 to 24-year-olds get on the employment ladder, picked up the award at a ceremony to mark the start of Adult Learners’ Week.

The team has won the Team of the Year Award at the Inspire! Adult Learning Awards, which celebrates the hard work of enterprises throughout the country.

Headed up by Ferenc Blizsko, and supported by Vicky Williams and Gemma Perman, the Grow Enterprise Wales team has achieved a 41% success rate in helping young people into full-time employment.

People as old as 55 who were unable to find work have secured jobs through the scheme, and many of those who have completed placements are now employees at Grow Enterprise Wales.

Head of learning Ferenc, 53, who got his first degree aged 40, said: “We are thrilled to win the award and it’s great to be recognised.

“Many of the young people who come through our doors live in households where there isn’t a working role model and some come from families who are in their third generation of unemployment.

“Our work goes beyond moving people into employment; it changes lives. There is a lot of talk of regeneration in the Valleys at the moment, but it all starts with people. It is people who make communities and we encourage them to take pride in earning money and making a difference.”

Source: Wales Online

Written by C Kenzie

May 18, 2012 at 10:01 am

Creation Development Trust first to win Big Society award

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THE Creation Development Trust, a social development enterprise set up to revitalise the local area near Bridgend, was awarded the Prime Minister’s Big Society award yesterday.

It is the first Welsh enterprise to be a recipient of the award.

The organisation was set up in 2000 and has started various projects aiming to tackle social and economic problems in the region. These include the Creation café’ which helps local residents develop internet skills, and the Knitting Nannas group which produces knitted items for charitable organisations.

According to Welsh Secretary of State Cheryl Gillan, last year over 700 people benefited from the trust’s training and development activities, 20% of which had a disability.

The trust also started the Garw timescale initiative where residents can volunteer for local community activities and earn credit to pay to take part in other activities. Since the scheme was extended to younger people, the police have reported a 17% reduction in anti-social behaviour.

Presenting the award, Ms Gillian said, “Creation Development Trust shows that by working together the local community is stronger; they are an inspiration to other communities across Wales.”

Dawn Davies, chief executive of the trust said, “The award is a great recognition of all the work put in by everyone involved. We look forward to visiting Downing Street, sharing our progressive ideas with the Coalition Government and providing an insight to the kind of issues that affect rural communities in Wales”.

Source: WalesOnline

The Wales Co-operative Centre provides advice and support to social enterprises and co-operatives, including Creation Development Trust, within the Convergence area of Wales.

Written by C Kenzie

December 6, 2011 at 9:21 am

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