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North Wales Social Enterprises scoop the 2012 Social Enterprise Awards Wales

´╗┐Three North Wales social enterprises have won categories in this years Social Enterprise Wales Awards which took place today (Friday 19th October) at the Scala Cinema and Arts Centre in Prestatyn. The awards were sponsored by not for profit internet registry company Nominet.


The full winners read as follows:Kelly Davies of Vi-ability, winner of the Leader of the Year Category with Wales Co-operative Centre Chief Executive - Derek Walker

Social Enterprise Leader of the Year - Kelly Davies of Vi-ability

Kelly Davies has been Managing Director of Vi-ability for nearly three years. Kelly has succeeded in positioning Vi-ability as one of the leading personal development/employment facing sport industry programmes in UK and Europe for socially disadvantaged participants It produces consistently positive outcomes in relation to engagement, retention and progression.


Social Enterprise  Start up of the Year - North Wales Credit UnionWinner of the Start up of the Year Award - North Wales Credit Union with Wales Co-operative Centre Chief Executive - Derek Walker

North Wales Credit Union is a financial co-operative which provides a wide range of ethical financial services across North Wales. Regulated by the Financial Services Authority, it is the fourth largest financial mutual in Wales. It was formed in January 2011 through the merger of five credit unions. Since then it has been  looked to as a model of excellence by credit unions and policymakers from across the UK.


Social Enterprise Supporter of the Year - St Illtyd’s Communities First PartnershipWinner of the Supporter of the Year Award - St. Illtyds Community First Partnership with Derek Walker and Awards Host and Wales Co-operative Centre Director of Operations - Nia Wright Morgan

St Illtyds Communities First is part of a Welsh Government anti-poverty campaign which has been established for 10 years.  The team consists of 5 individuals who are dedicated to supporting and encouraging initiatives that make positive changes to the social economy. They work in Llanhilleth Institute supporting communities from Brynithel, Swffryd, Aberbeeg and Llanhilleth. St Illtyd’s Communities First has been responsible for starting up and supporting 3 social enterprises and creating 16 jobs in a socially deprived area of Wales.


Social Enterprise Supporter of the Year – Special Mention

The City & County of Swansea, Housing Renewals & Adaptations Department was singled out for a special mention as an example of a Local Authority who have made a major contribution to supporting the development of a social enterprise. City & County of Swansea has provided support and been available to reflect, counsel and steer changes to other organisations that resulted in the development of social enterprises such as Swansea Care & Repair Services.


Social Enterprise of the Year - Crest Co-operative

Crest Co-operative operates a number of recycling enterprises including , a food poverty projectSharon Jones of Crest Co-operative - winner of the Social Enteprise of the Year award with Nia Wright Morgan that distributes in-date food from food manufacturers to the homeless and vulnerable across North Wales; a textile recycling operation throughout Conwy County Borough Council; and finally Crest Co-operative work with North Wales housing associations to clear empty properties and save kitchens/bathrooms from landfill. Crest Co-operative’s work primarily focuses on social and environmental purposes, working to promote social inclusion and at the same time work to save materials and food from landfill.


Wales Co-operative Centre Chief Executive Derek Walker commented, “The quality of nominations this year demonstrated not only the breadth and versatility of the sector but the importance the sector has to communities across Wales. The judges this year had a tough task deciding between a number of very dedicated people and a number of extremely deserving nominees. The winners chosen demonstrate an impressive  commitment to their area of expertise and a level of service that is outstanding. We congratulate Crest Co-operative, St Illtyd’s Communities First Partnership, North Wales Credit Union and Kelly Davies and all of the other excellent social enterprises who were shortlisted.”


Not for profit Internet registry company Nominet sponsoredthe Social Enterprise Awards Wales 2012. Nominet run one of the world's largest Internet registries and manage over ten million domain names. They are entrusted with the safe, stable and secure management of the .uk Internet name space and recently submitted applications for the new .cymru and .wales top level domains. For more information visit

Social Enteprise Awards Wales 2012Award sponsors - Nominet