We are delighted to announce that we have been named as a finalist in the UK Social Enterprise Awards, recognising us as one of the country’s most innovative and impactful businesses. These awards recognise sector-leading excellence and innovation across a diverse range of criteria, and this year attracted more than 400 entries, so competition was fierce.
Community Wood Recycling Managing Director Richard Mehmed said: “This nomination recognises the hard work and commitment to creating social and environmental change of all the social enterprises in our network. We are very proud to be honoured for our work in creating long term sustainable change.”
The Awards are run by Social Enterprise UK, the leading membership body for social enterprises. There are more than 100,000 social enterprises in the UK, employing around two million people and contributing £60bn to the national economy each year – while also tackling some of the biggest challenges facing people and planet.
Peter Holbrook CBE, chief executive of Social Enterprise UK, commented: “Our Awards are the ultimate showcase of the impact and excellence of social enterprises. Those who made the shortlist are a beacon of innovation, optimism and resilience in turbulent times.
“These are trailblazers and standard-setters for better business, making profit but not putting it before people and planet – and they do all this under the same immense pressures as other businesses, with the long-term impacts of Covid and a national cost of living crisis.
“The challenges we face as a society demand new approaches and a shift in how businesses – big and small – act. Social enterprises celebrated at our Awards are the brightest stars in a brilliant sector, giving us all inspiration and motivation to do business better.”