Wellbeing Enterprise CIC, a social enterprise based in Runcorn has won the Health & Social Care award at the UK Social Enterprise Awards, held last night at the Grand Connaught Rooms in London [28 November 2016].

The national competition recognises excellence and outstanding achievements by social enterprises – businesses that reinvest their profits for good, benefitting people and planet. There are now more than 70,000 social enterprises in the UK, contributing £24 billion to the economy each year.

Wellbeing Enterprises’ mission is to support people to achieve happier, healthier and longer lives. They do this by connecting people to assets in the community and supporting people to rediscover their strengths and capabilities. Over the organisations 11 year history they have supported more than 20,000 people to make measurable improvements in their health and wellbeing.

Mark Swift, Founder and CEO said “We’re delighted to be recognised for our work across the UK supporting people to bolster their wellbeing in the face of growing adversity in our communities. We accept this award on behalf of all the staff, volunteers and beneficiaries who have helped us to work towards our social mission over the last 11 years”.

The annual celebration of British social enterprises was hosted by two time Edinburgh Comedy Awards Finalist, Nish Kumar. The ceremony was attended by leading UK social enterprises, representatives from large corporates and the Minister for Civil Society, Rob Wilson MP.

Social enterprise supply chain

Wellbeing Enterprises CIC and the other winners were presented with bespoke trophies made by the social enterprise, Designs in Mind, which employs people with mental health problems. Social enterprises also supplied all the goods and services on the night, including the catering, rigging, drinks, flower displays and goody bags.

The Awards are organised by Social Enterprise UK, the national trade body for social enterprise.

Peter Holbrook CBE, Social Enterprise UK’s Chief Executive, said:

“Year on year the UK Social Enterprise Awards get bigger and better. This year the competition was particularly fierce, so a big congratulations to Wellbeing Enterprise CIC for taking home a trophy.

In a year that’s been dominated by political uncertainty, divisions and inequalities, hearing the stories behind the winners and all the finalists has been a breath of fresh air. Social enterprises show that another way of doing business is possible, one that puts people and the planet first. Because they’re free of shareholders they’re able to reinvest their profits for good.”

 

Social enterprise facts and figures*

  • There are 70,000 social enterprises in the UK, contributing 24 billion to the UK economy and employing one million people.
  • Social enterprises are experiencing a start-up boom – 35% are three years old or less, three times the proportion of SME start-ups.
  • Social enterprises are much more likely to be led by women than mainstream businesses – 40% of social enterprises have a female leader, compared with 18% of SMEs and 5% of FTSE 100 companies.

Sponsors of the Awards are the British Council, Big Society Capital, CAN, GLL, Johnson & Johnson, Landmarc, Mutual Ventures, Natwest, PwC, P3, Santander and Wates Group. The Big Issue is media partner to the Awards.

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* Leading the world in social enterprise, a report published by Social Enterprise UK, 2015 – www.socialenterprise.org.uk/advice-services/publications/state-social-enterprise-report-2015

Notes to Editors

For more information, please contact Virginia Barton at Wellbeing Enterprises on 01928 589 799 or the Social Enterprise UK press office on 020 3589 4950.

Wellbeing Enterprises CIC

Wellbeing Enterprises CIC is an award winning social enterprise and a leading light in people powered health approaches. Our mission is to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals and the community and we do this by educating the general public, mobilising the assets in our community and working with our partners to tackle the root causes of poor health. www.wellbeingenterprises.org.uk  www.investinwellbeing.org.uk follow WEcic_

Social Enterprise UK

Social Enterprise UK is the national body for social enterprise. Social enterprises are businesses that exist for a social or environmental purpose. When they profit, society profits. Together with our members we are the voice for social enterprise in the UK. Our members are local grass-roots organisations and multi-million pound businesses that operate internationally. What unites them is their commitment to changing the world through business.  For more information, visit www.socialenterprise.org.uk or follow @SocialEnt_UK

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