We are delighted to announce that Wellbeing Enterprises’ Chief Executive, Mark Swift has won the Entrepreneur of the Year award at Halton Business Awards last Friday, 22nd April 2016.

This award sponsored by Sci Tech Daresbury, focussed on the contribution of a dynamic, creative and visionary leader.  The other finalists included Anthony’s Travel’s Richard Bamber’s Industrial Cooling Equipment’s Nick Griffiths, Paragon PE’s, Paul Ward and Used Kitchen Exchange’s Helen Lord, so we were thrilled to win against such worthy competitors.

We are particularly delighted as entrepreneurship is such a core element of our social enterprise, Wellbeing Enterprises CIC, and we believe a valuable tool and skill for transforming the health and wellbeing of local communities.   Mark is currently completing an MSc in Entrepreneurship at Liverpool University and is dedicated to teaching others entrepreneurship skills so that people can build resilience and get involved in community design and enterprise.

“I am delighted to win the award of Entrepreneur of the Year, kindly sponsored by Sci Tech Daresbury, who are brilliant entrepreneurs themselves in the local Halton community.   I am particularly thrilled to receive this award as developing community entrepreneurship is a key focus for our organisation, Wellbeing Enterprises.   We are immensely proud of the many social entrepreneurs we have supported in the Halton community, ranging from a yoga studio, to a fashion shop to a veteran lunch club and feel that these new ventures have transformed the health and wellbeing landscape in Halton.   We believe that entrepreneurship is a skill that people can learn which involves spotting gaps and opportunities, having the belief that things can change and accessing the support and networks to make it happen.   This award is the result of the outstanding work of my team at Wellbeing Enterprises and the fantastic support of partners and people in the Halton community.  I would like to thank Daresbury for recognising our entrepreneurial work in Halton”  Mark Swift, CEO, Wellbeing Enterprises CIC

The awards were an immensely enjoyable night, really well-attended and organised.  We were enormously proud of all the social entrepreneurs who attended as finalists for the Social Enterprise of the Year award which Wellbeing Enterprises sponsored.   Five out of the six finalists in this category took part in the Lead the Change programme led by Wellbeing Enterprises in Halton and funded by Halton CCG and UnLtd.   This programme supports and funds local social entrepreneurs to set up new ventures to affect social change in the local community.   Jackie Quayle from the Yoga bank, Laura Green from Serendipity, a local fashion accessories shop, Tom Cavanagh, from Halton Riverside boxing club, Maggie Le Messurier from Halton Engagement Partnership  and Billy Jones from Runcorn Veteran’s Association all attended and were part of the Halton Lead the Change programme.  Well done to Joe O Connor and Transformation for Veterans for their nomination as finalist to

We were thrilled for Laura Green who won the award who has not only created a brilliant business selling fashion accessories in Runcorn shopping centre, but also is determined to change perspectives, and employs 12 people with additional needs to assist in her business, as well as being an international speaker and ambassador for social enterprise and people with additional needs..

So for us, this award is dedicated to all the fantastic social entrepreneurs in Halton and beyond, who are committed to making a difference to the social, economic and environmental wellbeing in their own communities.

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