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A Social Firm fit for a Queen

Brighter Future Workshop, a Social Firm in Skelmersdale, West Lancashire, is celebrating in true royal style. It has won The Queen’s Award for Enterprise for outstanding achievements in Sustainable Development.

Peter Cousins MBE set up the company with a clear vision for change by offering low-cost recycled mobility equipment and training opportunities to otherwise isolated individuals. In the last four years it has provided over 3,000 training opportunities for people with various types of disabilities and recycled or repaired over 5,000 pieces of mobility equipment - diverting them from landfill to enable disabled people to buy at an affordable price.

Innovation Champ at Aldingbourne Trust

Peter Stanley, General Manager of the Aldingbourne Trust (which Social Firm [email protected] is part of) picked up the ‘Innovation Champion’ award at the business collaboration achievement awards at Brighton University last month.

The event marked the last 12 months of the Profitnet programme (a peer to peer business support programme) and acknowledged the achievements amongst the Profitnet groups in Sussex. The award criteria was based on practical application of the knowledge transfer and peer collaboration that had taken place amongst the network over the last year.

Social Firms storm Social Enterprise Awards

Social Firms won several prizes at a glittering ceremony at last night’s Social Enterprise Awards in London. Brighter Future Workshop (www.bfworkshop.co.uk), from Skelmersdale in Lancashire, was crowned overall winner of ‘Social Enterprise of the Year’ and £5,000. Bikeworks (www.bikeworks.org.uk), a London-based Social Firm providing cycle services, was awarded the UK’s ‘Best New Social Enterprise’ and £1,000. Meanwhile, Cardiff-based Pack-IT (www.pack-it.com), who provide storage, distribution and fulfilment services, won the UK’s ‘Best Small Social Enterprise’ and £1,000.

Brighter Future Workshop wins 'Best Recycling Scheme' award

Social Firm, Brighter Future Workshop (BFW), won the "Best Recycling Scheme" award on 19 November 2009, in the Lancashire Green Awards.  Peter Cousins MBE and Jackie Tittle were presented the award by County Councillor, Mike France.

Jackie, General Manager, said "Today we went to 10 Downing Street and met Gordon Brown. We've won the 'England's best social enterprise 2009' and been put forward for the UK finals. We're over the moon to get this award as well. What a week we've had!"

Photo:  Steve at Brighter Future Workshop

Aberdeen-based the bread maker awarded title of Scotland's 'Best New Social Enterprise'

Aberdeen-based Social Firm, the bread maker (www.thebreadmaker.org.uk), won the ‘Best New Social Enterprise’ category in the national heats of the Social Enterprise Awards at the Scottish Parliament on 17 November. CEO Donald Anderson and his Vice Chair picked up the award from Cabinet Secretary John Swinney. Social Firms are businesses set up to create employment for people disadvantaged in the workforce - the bread maker is an artisan bakery and coffee house which provides meaningful work and training for adults with learning disability.

The Social Enterprise Awards recognise and celebrate the vital work carried out by the most successful social enterprises in the UK in terms of their: - impact on society and/or the environment; - innovative approach to addressing social/environmental needs; - quality of business.

Cardiff-based Pack-IT awarded title of Wales' 'Best Small Social Enterprise'

Cardiff-based Social Firm, Pack-IT (www.pack-it.com), won the ‘Best Small Social Enterprise’ category in the national heats of the Social Enterprise Awards yesterday afternoon.  

CEO John Bennett and staff member Gary Samaden picked up the award from Leighton Andrews AM, Deputy Minister For Regeneration, Welsh Assembly Government. Social Firms are businesses set up to create employment for people disadvantaged in the workforce – Pack-IT’s business focus is the provision of storage, fulfillment, distribution and mailing services. It also provides meaningful work for disabled people.

The Social Enterprise Awards recognise and celebrate the vital work carried out by the most successful social enterprises in the UK in terms of their: - impact on society and/or the environment; - innovative approach to addressing social/environmental needs; - quality of business.

London-based Bikeworks awarded title of England's 'Best New Social Enterprise'

Social Firm, Bikeworks (www.bikeworks.org.uk), have won ‘Best New Social Enterprise’ for England in the 2009 Social Enterprise Awards and were presented with their award by Tessa Jowell, Minister For The Cabinet Office, yesterday (Nov 19), Social Enterprise Day, at a special reception at Downing Street.

Social Firms are businesses set up to create employment for people disadvantaged in the workforce – Bikeworks’ business focus is the provision of organisational and public cycle services in areas of social deprivation in East London. It also provides employment and training opportunities for marginalised individuals.

Four Social Firms through to the UK final of the Social Enterprise Awards

What do baking bread, warehousing & mailing, mobility equipment sales and cycle services have in common? Well they’re all successful Social Firms who are through to the national finals of the Social Enterprise Awards. A Social Firm is committed to employing 25% of their workforce from those who are severely disadvantaged in the job market – so for them to also be recognised during Global Entrepreneurship Week is a fitting testimony to the diversity and market-led spirit that they embody. 

Skelmersdale-based Brighter Future Workshop awarded title of England's 'Best Small Social Enterprise.'

Paul & Andrew at BFW.jpgSkelmersdale-based Social Firm, Brighter Future Workshop (www.bfworkshop.co.uk), won the ‘Best Small Social Enterprise’ category in the national heats of the Social Enterprise Awards in London yesterday afternoon. Peter Cousins and Jackie Tittle picked up the award from Tessa Jowell, Minister For The Cabinet Office. Social Firms are businesses set up to create employment for people disadvantaged in the workforce – Brighter Future Workshop’s business focus is the provision of mobility equipment repair services and training. It also provides meaningful employment to disabled people.

Six Social Firms reach national stage of Social Enterprise Awards

Six Social Firms have been selected to go through to the national stage of the Social Enterprise Awards, which recognise and celebrate the vital work carried out by the most successful social enterprises in the UK.  They are: