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Halo Leisure, a social enterprise and registered operating leisure facilities in Herefordshire, Bridgend County, Shropshire and Wiltshire was runner up in the Employee Engagement Award at the recent UK Social Enterprise Awards,  at the Guildhall in the City of London.

The national awards organised by Social Enterprise UK (SEUK) shines a spotlight on the leading lights of the social enterprise community, recognising the outstanding achievements of businesses which trade for a social purpose.

There are approximately 100,000 social enterprises in the UK, contributing £60 billion to the economy each year and employing approximately two million people. They operate in nearly every sector from selling quality consumer goods to providing health and social care services.  

Scott Rolfe, Halo CEO said “We are very proud of our social enterprise status. It means any surplus is ploughed back into our facilities and services so we can offer accessible and affordable leisure activities for all groups including babies, juniors, teenagers, students, seniors,  families, people with disabilities, people on means tested benefits and local talented athletes. Everything we do is about “Creating Healthier Communities”. Although we didn’t win we are thrilled to be ranked 2nd (out of almost 70 nominations from across the UK) as it recognises the hard work of every member of our team to get more people more active more often”

The Awards were hosted by award-winning comedian Mark Watson and was also attended by SEUK patron, Chris Addison and acclaimed author and journalist, Caitlin Moran.

Commenting on this years’ ceremony, Peter Holbrook Chief Executive of SEUK said:

“In the troubling, uncertain times we’re living in, social enterprises are a beacon of hope. They are showing that another way of doing business is possible, one rooted in the values of community, equality and fairness. This year’s winners are testament to the strength and diversity of the social enterprise movement. It can no longer be seen as a fringe part of our economy but rather as a sector creating real impact both socially and economically. Social enterprises are showing us what the future of business can look like.”

The Awards were sponsored by Big Society Capital, The British Council, The Co-op, Deloitte, Employers for Childcare, GLL, Landmarc, Linklaters, NatWest, Pinnacle, Power to Change, Prospective, PwC, Santander and Unity Trust Bank. The Big Issue, itself a social enterprise was the official media partner.  

About Social Enterprises - Social enterprises are businesses which trade for a social purpose that reinvest or donate over half their profits to further this social or environmental mission. They are an increasingly important part of the UK economy contributing £60 billion and employing 2 million people. Estimates are there are 100,000 in the UK. Research carried out by Social Enterprise UK, the membership body for the sector, shows they are outperforming traditional businesses when it comes to start-up rates, turnover growth and innovation. They are also ahead of the pack when it comes to workforce diversity and pay. For more information and statistics see Social Enterprise UK’s State of Social Enterprise Report: The Future of Business and the 'Hidden Revolution' report, launched in September 2018 which showed the true scale and impact of the sector.  

About Social Enterprise UK  - Together with our members we are the voice for social enterprise in the UK. We build markets, undertake research, provide information and tools, share knowledge, raise awareness and campaign to create a business environment where social enterprises thrive.  Our members range from local grass-roots organisations to multi-million-pound businesses. socialenterprise.org.uk

Thursday 29th November 2018

 

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