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Social Firms of the Year

The European Social Firms of the Year Awards, which took place during the Social Firms UK and Social Firms Europe CEFEC annual conference, celebrated some of the fantastic work taking place across Europe was showcased and celebrated in style.  Those winners in full:-


Ten Green Bottles hit the big time

ITV's Wales Tonight programme showcased Ten Green Bottles' fantastic glassware recycling operation in New Radnor. Boss Lorraine Powers was delighted with the coverage and we hope that the attention brings in the customers to support their new shop. View the new item here.

New Shop for Ten Green Bottles

Social Firms UK member, Ten Green Bottles Powys CIC, has opened a new shop in New Radnor, Powys. Stocking plenty of gifts and all sorts of glassware using recycled bottles, it's bound to be busy. If you're in the area, pop in and show your support.

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

Cardiff-based Social Firm, Pack-IT (, 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.

UK Social Firm, Pack-IT, wins prestigious European award

Pack-IT, a Social Firm business based in Cardiff, Wales, has won an Award for Best Large Social Firm of the Year 2009. The Award is operated by Social Firms Europe CEFEC and was presented to Pack-IT on 11th September in Prague, Czech Republic.

The European Social Firm of the Year Award is an annual competition held by Social Firms Europe CEFEC in order to demonstrate excellence amongst Social Firm businesses in Europe, inspire and motivate others. It is sponsored by one of the previous winners of the Award: Specialisterne Social Firm in Denmark. In the 2009 round, there was an overall ‘European Social Firm of the Year’ winner, a German Social Firm called Di-Hako; Best Large Social Firm (>11 employees) which went to Pack-IT in Wales, and Best Small Social Firm (<10 employees) which was awarded to a Social Firm in the telemarketing sector called Telehandelshus in Denmark.