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Welsh Social Enterprise Wins Major UK Award

Posted on: May 22, 2019

A social enterprise that’s just won a major UK award for its spectacular 300 per cent growth has launched a new commercial venture to help others follow in their footsteps.

Creating Enterprise, a subsidiary of housing association Cartrefi Conwy, has secured the licence to set up innovative Wales-wide learning and development programmes for companies, social enterprises and public bodies.

The Social Enterprise Academy will be using the model trailblazed in Scotland that’s now been replicated across more than a dozen countries as far afield as Canada, China and Australia.

Creating Enterprise, based in Mochdre, near Colwyn Bay, is working in partnership with the Wales Co-operative Centre who will be delivering the programmes in South Wales.

The launch comes on the heels of news that Creating Enterprise was named as the Growth Champion at the NatWest bank’s prestigious SE100 Social Business Awards in London.

Judges were impressed by the organisation’s rapid growth since it was established as a community interest company in 2015.

The most recent accounts show an increase in sales of more than 300 per cent, from £1.3 million to £5.4 million, with profits increasing at the same rate.

As well as maintaining properties, Creating Enterprise helps local people, including Cartrefi Conwy’s tenants, to find employment, training and volunteering opportunities.

All of its commercial profits are reinvested into its highly-successful Employment Academy.

The Social Enterprise Academy is a key part of the organisation’s ambitious growth plan and will also be using its profits for the benefit of Cartrefi Conwy tenants.

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Creating Enterprise bring the Social Enterprise Academy to Wales

Posted on: May 16, 2019

Creating Enterprise in partnership with the Wales Co-operative Centre are bringing the Social Enterprise Academy to Wales. Thanks to our sponsors Travis Perkins, Brenig and Seddon, we are privileged to have secured the licence to set up innovative Wales-wide leaning and development programmes for companies, social enterprises and public bodies.

The Social Enterprise Academy  will be using the model trailblazed in Scotland that’s now been replicated across more than a dozen countries.

We offer a variety of learning programmes at introductory through to advanced level supporting organisations through each stage of growth. The programmes help people to focus, reflect, plan and act on the areas that will make their organisations more successful:

Leadership – Exploring their leadership of themselves and others

Enterprise – Being more entrepreneurial and growing their business

Learning – Developing the skills, mindsets and cultures that create great organisations

Social Impact – Measuring and communicating their social impact

The Social Enterprise Academy is a key part of the organisation’s ambitious growth plan and will also be using the profits for the benefit of Cartrefi Conwy tenants

Sharon Jones, Business Partnership Manager says “ We are very proud to have bought the licence to Wales for the first time. It’s a big coup for Creating Enterprise. It’s essentially learning and development programmes with four key themes which are leadership, enterprise, learning and social impact. We are aiming it at business sectors right across North Wales. It’s about people who have walked the walk sharing insights into their success as business leaders. We can help people to transform themselves, their teams and their organisations so that they have more impact.”

The Social Enterprise Academy Wales are running their first programme with Cartrefi Conwy called ‘Developing My Leadership’ enabling staff to develop a greater understanding of what leadership is and explore the kind of leader they want to be.

Find out more at https://www.socialenterprise.academy/wales


Family Fun at Bodafon Farm

Posted on: May 14, 2019

On Saturday we had our first family event at Bodafon Farm. This National Lottery funded project is aimed at working families living in social or private rented accommodation. It gives them the opportunity to decide for themselves on a project that would make family life a little better.

It was great to hear some fantastic ideas from the parents.  The kids (big and little) enjoyed the tractor ride and feeding all the animals.

This event was the first of three events for families living in Llandudno, Rhos on Sea and Mochdre and Old Colwyn. Our next event is on Friday for families living in Rhos on Sea and Mochdre. It starts at 4pm with FREE crazy golf and balloon modelling. Booking is essential so please get in  touch with Ffion on 0779951967.

Come along and chat to us – you bring the ideas and we provide the support and funding. #Createyourfuture


Two Awards at the Public Finance Awards!

Posted on: May 2, 2019

We’re absolutely thrilled to have won TWO awards with Cartrefi Conwy at the Public Finance Awards!

We won the award for Alternative Service Delivery Model and the Grand Prix Award! Amazing! We are so proud to be winners.

We were also up for two awards at the UK Housing Awards – DLO of the year and Resident Employment and Training Award alongside Cartrefi ConwyDisappointed not to be a winner but delighted to be shortlisted, congratulations to all the finalist and winners! What a great night.


CIH Cymru 2019 Conference

Posted on: May 1, 2019

Today, we are at the #TAI19 conference ready to tell you all about our NEW Social Enterprise Academy helping  people use their personal strengths to build sustainable enterprises and achieve greater social impact! The acclaimed Social Enterprise Academy model has been developed over the past 14 years, and offers transformative learning to organisations of all types. www.socialenterprise.academy/wales

We also can’t wait to talk to you about our #passivhaus Modular Solution eco homes, requiring 90% less heating. You will be able to take a look round one of our pods to see how it all works. Check out our #passivhaus relocatable single person home!