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Social Enterprise Awards Wales – Social Enterprise Start Up of the Year nominees

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The Wales Co-operative Centre and Welsh Social Enterprise Coalition are hosting the Social Enterprise Awards Wales in Prestatyn on 19th October. In advance of the event, we are previewing some of the shortlisted nominees. Today we look at the shortlisted nominees for Social Enterprise Start Up of the Year.

Social Enterprise Start Up of the Year

– North Wales Credit Union

North Wales Credit Union (NWCU) is a co-operative which provides a wide range of ethical financial services across North Wales. It was formed in January 2011 through the merger of five credit unions. The merger has been used as an example by the National Association of Credit Unions and the Welsh Government for other credit unions to follow if they are considering a merger. The merger was not aimed at reducing costs but to improve the services to members across North Wales. NWCU is the only credit union in Wales and one of only 25 in the UK which provides its members with a bank account (as opposed to only savings accounts). It was one of the first credit unions to introduce a Rent Direct Account which allows members to pay their Housing Benefit into the credit union. This service protects vulnerable tenants from falling into arrears and losing their home. In this way, NWCU has prevented the eviction of over 20 members.

– Swansea Care and Repair Services  

Swansea Care and Repair Services was established in April 2011. It works to provide independent, practical advice, advocacy and support services including facilitating property adaptations, repairs, improvements, upgrades and renovations to elderly and disabled client’s homes. It promotes good property management and aims to provide property maintenance advice and training, working to enhance the quality of life of community residents and support community regeneration. Swansea Care and Repair Services is unique in the fact it is a social enterprise in the construction industry that supports local regeneration and practical services, whilst ensuring profits are used to support the developments of services to support the housing concerns of older people.

Maggie Berry of Swansea Care and Repair Services is shortlisted for the Social Enterprise Leader of the Year.

– TGV Hydro (Crickhowell)

TGV Hydro Limited has been set up to promote renewable energy generation through micro-hydro power.  Its overall social goal is to reduce carbon emissions by promoting and developing high-head micro-hydro schemes and particularly to support community ownership of micro-hydro systems.  Based in the Brecon Beacons National Park, TGV Hydro operates across Wales, with over 20 schemes in development and working on eight community projects. TGV Hydro Limited has established a reputation for professionalism and team work and has worked with local authorities, over 20 community groups and over 50 farmers and landowners from large commercial estates to individual smallholdings. TGV Hydro is evidence that an innovative and ambitious company can be commercially successful in a competitive market place whilst operating as a social enterprise and that through its commercial success it can meet broader social goals.

Come back soon to find out more about the shortlisted nominees for Social Enterprise of the Year and Social Enterprise Supporter of the Year.

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Social Enterprise Awards Wales – Social Enterprise Leader of the Year nominees

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The Wales Co-operative Centre and Welsh Social Enterprise Coalition are hosting the Social Enterprise Awards Wales in Prestatyn on 19th October. In advance, of the event we are previewing some of the shortlisted nominees. Today we look at the shortlisted nominees for Social Enterprise Leader of the year.

Social Enterprise Leader of the Year

  •          Cam Nicholl of Digital Accessibility Centre (Neath)

Cam Nicholl is in charge of Sales & Service Development at the Digital Accessibility Centre in Neath.  Her passion for Digital Inclusion is well known and respected and she has worked tirelessly to drive this new Social Enterprise forward at a rapid pace.  The company started in Jan 2011 with a virtually non-existent budget.  DAC traded ‘in the black’ during their first year, and continues to do so today. Cam has spent many late nights writing lengthy tenders and quotes to secure commercial contracts, many of which they have won.

The Digital Accessibility Centre has also been nominated for Social Enterprise of the Year.

  •          Kelly Davies of Viability (Conwy)

 Kelly Davies has been Managing Director of  Vi-ability for nearly three years. Kelly has succeeded in positioning Vi-ability as one of the leading personal development/employment facing sport industry programmes in UK and Europe for socially disadvantaged participants Itproduces consistently positive outcomes in relation to engagement, retention and progression.  It has had a life changing impact on many participants and has created a new energy in the community justice landscape. Kelly also carried the ‘Olympic Torch’ on May 29th 2012 for her achievements in sport and the local community.

  •          Maggie Berry of Swansea Care and Repair Services

 Maggie Berry has been Chief Officer with Swansea Care & Repair for 13 years and became Director of Swansea Care and Repair Services when it was established as a social enterprise in 2011. Swansea Care and Repair Services works to provide independent, practical advice, advocacy and support services including facilitating property adaptations, repairs, improvements, upgrades and renovations to elderly and disabled client’s homes. Maggie Berry was the driving force behind the establishment of the new social enterprise, developing a business plan and establishing a structure that would recognise their social aims and plans for future expansion. She was instrumental in co-ordinating the separation of charity and commercial services with the formation of Care & Repair Services.

Swansea Care and Repair Services has also been nominated for Social Enterprise Start Up of the Year.

Come back soon to find out more about the shortlisted nominees for Social Enterprise Start Up of the Year, Social Enterprise of the Year and Social Enterprise Supporter of the Year.

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