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#LeadingWalesAwards launch discussion ‘relevant to social enterprise aims’

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This year, the Wales Co-operative Centre is co-sponsoring the Leadership in Social Enterprise category of the Leading Wales Awards, with Social Firms Wales. Jayne Mills, one of our Social Enterprise Development Officers, attended the first launch event for the 2014 awards, last Thursday, at Moneypenny, in Wrexham. Here’s her account of the event:

I arrived in time to hear Rachel Clacher, Co-Founder and Director at Moneypenny, talk about how leadership contributes to business success and sustainability, followed by remarks by Barbara Chidgey, Chair of the Leading Wales Consortium, summing up some of the conclusions from the discussion.

As they were speaking, I was struck by how much of what they were saying applied to social enterprise and to the way we work at the Wales Co-operative Centre. In particular, they said one of the keys to successful business was to be driven by values and a passion for what we do. Other points which struck a chord with me were that successful leaders and businesses:-

  • Are in control, but are not controlling – they are in control of their own role, and trust others to do theirs. They unleash others’ potential
  • Focus on what staff are doing well and make more of it 
  • Take time to think, listen to others, have conversations and enable communication through fun 
  • Demonstrate they are part of a team and have a commitment to the team 
  • Enable others to grow and focus on what they are jointly trying to achieve – not on themselves – it is not about them 
  • Recognise and thank others for their contribution 
  • Are clear about what they want and foster a team approach to achieve it

They said that a leader can be defined as someone with the ability and willingness to make decisions and the sense of purpose and confidence to see them through, and leadership is about attitude – ‘I have this idea and I’m going to do everything in my power to make it happen’. But they also said that in Wales people don’t often recognise themselves as having leadership skills. So, if you know someone who is leading a successful social enterprise well, now is the time to nominate them for an award for the recognition they deserve and as a way of inspiring others.

More details can be found on the Leading Wales Awards website www.leadingwalesawards.com

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Written by David Madge

January 20, 2014 at 12:09 pm

The search for Wales’s top social enterprise leader begins here!

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The search for Wales’s top social enterprise leader begins here!

Today, nominations open for the 2014 Leading Wales Awards. The Wales Co-operative Centre is co-sponsor of the Social Enterprise category, alongside Social Firms Wales.

This year, the awards scheme is celebrating 10 years as the only established, prestigious, pan-Wales awards that recognise, identify and celebrate individual people in Wales whose leadership is having a real impact in business, Public Services, not for profit organisations and communities across Wales.

The focus for the 2014 Leading Wales Awards is to identify and celebrate ‘Individual Leaders in Wales whose leadership is making a real difference and has had positive impact’.

The awards categories are designed to attract entries from all sectors and from all levels of leadership in Wales. There are 8 proposed categories in the 2014 Awards to celebrate individual leadership.

4 generic categories for individual leadership in:

Public Sector 

Voluntary / Not for Profit sector 

Leadership in the Private Sector 

Leadership in Social Enterprise

Categories for individual leadership (for which nominations can come from any sector):

Young Leader (14 – 25 years) 

Team Leader 

Women in Leadership 

Leadership for the Future

The Leadership in Social Enterprise category is open to individuals working within a social enterprise that have a leadership role at whatever level of responsibility. Social enterprises are businesses trading for social and environmental purposes. Social enterprises are distinctive because their social and / or environmental purpose is absolutely central to what they do – their profits are re-invested to sustain and further their mission for positive change.

Last year, the Leadership in Social Enterprise award was won by Menna Jones, who is the CEO of Antur Waunfawr, a social enterprise in North Wales which has developed a range of sustainable projects that create training and employment for people with learning disabilities and other disadvantaged people.

Derek Walker, Chief Executive of the Wales Co-operative Centre thinks the awards play an important role: “The Wales Co-operative Centre is once again delighted to be co-sponsoring the Leadership in Social Enterprise category. Strong, visionary leadership is a key driver in the growth and sustainability of social enterprises and has a major impact on their contribution to the Welsh economy. These awards provide valuable recognition for inspirational social enterprise leaders who can be role models for the sector.”

This week, there are launch events for the awards in North Wales (Wrexham, 16th January) and South Wales (Cardiff, 17th January). These will be followed by ‘Leadership Café’ events in Ebbw Vale (23rd January) and Llandudno (19th February), at Monwel Ltd and Crest Co-operative respectively.

You have two months to submit your nominations for this year’s Leading Wales Awards, with the closing date being Friday 14th March. More information is available on the Leading Wales Awards website.

Written by David Madge

January 13, 2014 at 8:30 am

Leading Wales Awards go ‘live’

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We’re publishing the following information on behalf of the Leading Wales Awards. The Wales Co-operative Centre is delighted to be sponsoring the social enterprise category in this year’s awards, in partnership with Social Firms Wales:

The 10th Leading Wales Awards go “live” in association with Cardiff Metropolitan University.

Next week we have our 10th year launch events in North Wales on 16th January and in South Wales on 17th January and we are focusing on the clear message that “leadership is a key driver of economic growth” and therefore essential to our success in Wales.

Each event is show-casing a highly successful Welsh Business (Admiral is our case study on 17th at Cardiff Met and Moneypenny our case study at Wrexham on 16th January). Both events begin at 08:30 and conclude by 10:15. All details are here.

If you would like to attend either event please book here and state which event you would like to attend.

This is our celebratory 10th year of the Leading Wales awards and once again the Leading Wales Awards Consortium urges you to tell us about that special person you know whose leadership is making a real difference in Wales by nominating them for an Award. You can nominate by downloading an application form from www.leadingwalesawards.co.uk. Nominations open on Monday 13th January and close Friday 14th March 2014.

Lansio Gwobrau Arwain Cymru yn 10 oed, mewn cydweithrediad â Phrifysgol Fetropolitan Caerdydd.

Yr wythnos nesaf, rydym yn cynnal ein digwyddiadau lansio deng mlynedd o Wobrau Arwain Cymru, yng Ngogledd Cymru ar 16 Ionawr ac yn Ne Cymru ar 17 Ionawr. Rydym yn canolbwyntio ar y neges glir bod “arweinyddiaeth yn ffactor allweddol o dwf economaidd” ac felly’n hanfodol i’n llwyddiant yng Nghymru.

Mae pob digwyddiad yn arddangos busnes Cymreig hynod lwyddiannus (Admiral yw ein hastudiaeth achos ar 17 Ionawr ym Met Caerdydd a Moneypenny yw ein hastudiaeth achos yn Wrecsam ar 16 Ionawr). Bydd y ddau ddigwyddiad yn dechrau am 8:30 ac yn gorffen erbyn 10:15. Mae’r holl fanylion ar gael yn www.leadingwalesawards.co.uk

Os hoffech chi fynychu un neu ddau o’r digwyddiadau, archebwch yma a nodwch pa ddigwyddiad yr hoffech ei fynychu.

Eleni rydym yn dathlu pen-blwydd Gwobrau Arwain Cymru yn 10 oed, ac unwaith eto mae’r Consortiwm Gwobrau Arwain Cymru yn eich annog chi i ddweud wrthym am y person arbennig sy’n gwneud gwahaniaeth go iawn yng Nghymru drwy ei arweinyddiaeth, ac i’w henwebu am wobr. Gallwch enwebu trwy lawrlwytho ffurflen gais o www.leadingwalesawards.co.uk. Bydd enwebiadau ar agor o ddydd Llun 13 Ionawr tan ddydd Gwener 14 Mawrth, 2014.

Written by David Madge

January 9, 2014 at 10:14 am

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