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Adullam Social Enterprises receives FSB Award, December 2017

Adullam Social Enterprises receives FSB Award, December 2017

January 2018


The business won the ‘Social Enterprise/Not for Profit’ category at the FSB Merseyside, West Cheshire and Wigan Business Awards.

The purpose of the Social Enterprise is to create opportunities for vulnerable people, and those who face barriers into employment. It is self-financing from the income generated externally by its recruitment agency, which funds the employability training programme.

The recruitment agency has grown at a slow, but sustainable rate, keeping overheads to a minimum and concentrating on helping people into employment and supporting local communities. The surplus it generated at the end of the last financial year supported investment in the organisation’s social aims, including the launch earlier in 2017 of ‘Rejuvenate’, an upcycling business to create jobs, provide training, wellbeing activities, work experience and volunteering opportunities.

‘Rejuvenate’ will engage more than 60 volunteers and trainees in transforming unused and unwanted items, through a peer-led and supportive structure which upskills and empowers vulnerable people to change their lives.

Sharon Ames, head of social enterprises, said: “Adullam Social Enterprises success, and this award, is testament to the dedicated and hard-working team, which operates in a very competitive market but still achieves our social aims, creating businesses that have the ability to impact on many people’s lives.

“It is also recognition of every client who has engaged with us who is now either in employment or volunteering in their community, and the commercial customers who believe in what we do.

“I’m so very proud of everyone, and everything that is being achieved.”

Adullam Social Enterprises has been trading under Adullam Homes Housing Association since 2009. In 2016 we set up Adullam Social Enterprises as a Community Interest Company that trades internally as well as externally.

Judges at the awards looked for organisations that:

  • have delivered a positive impact or social value to their customers or clients or the community in which they operate
  • have increased or maintained sales during the past 12 months
  • deliver a high quality service and exceptional customer service
  • have identified or exploited new markets, income stream or opportunities
  • demonstrate commitment to their employees through development and training and have good staff retention rates