Cumbrian enterprises scoop top awards

Social entrepreneurs from across Cumbria came together at the Cumbria Social Enterprise Partnership’s annual conference and awards event last week to celebrate the county’s achievements in delivering social, community and environmental serves using a business approach.

Over 70 social entrepreneurs and those involved with the Cumbrian social enterprise sector attended the event at Newton Rigg. Guest speakers included Jill Stannard, Chief Executive of Cumbria County Council, and Fay Selvan, Chief Executive of the Big Life Group.

Jill spoke about Cumbria County Council’s support to the Cumbrian social enterprise sector, the size of the sector within Cumbria and the opportunities available. Fay gave a presentation about the work of the Big Life group which she founded in 2002.

An awards ceremony also commended social enterprises on the day, the winner of the 2012 awards were -
New Social Enterprise of the Year
Winner - Cumbria Gateway Ltd, Carlisle
Runner Up - Border Social Enterprise Ltd

Co-operative of the Year
Joint Winner - Nenthead Community Shop and Post Office, Nenthead
Joint Winner - Lyvennet Community Pub, the Butchers Arms, Crosby Ravensworth

Community Enterprise of the Year
Winner - Lyvennet Community Trust, Crosby Ravensworth
Runner Up - Cumbria Gateway Ltd., Carlisle

Social Enterprise of the Year
Winner - Works 4 You Ltd., Cleator Moor
Runner Up - Cumbria Youth Alliance, Cockermouth

County councillor Tony Markley, cabinet member for economic development, said: “I’d like to offer my congratulations to all the deserving winners, who have all played an important role as a social enterprise, contributing to the development of Cumbria. It was a thoroughly enjoyable day and I look forward to seeing the various organisations, businesses and individuals continuing their good work.”