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Search results for : in category Social Enterprise of The Month

Here we like to celebrate our successful Social Enterprise businesses and have decided that we will be highlighting one of our fantastic social enterprises each month.

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Graig Y Rhacca Gets Thrifty Graig Y Rhacca Resource Centre Ltd a trading Social Enterprise has just opened its first “Thrift Shop”. The American idea was spotted by Gareth Mitchell Centre Manager as an excellent business model for generating income and recycling nearly new clothes, toys and various other items. The project has already been looked at by other Social Enterprises in neighbouring local authorities with a view to franchising the project in their areas. Gareth explained: We initially trialled our new concept by converting an office space into a make shift shop and from there we saw just what we could achieve. We accept nearly new, good quality clothing, toys and other unloved items which we then sell on behalf of our customers. All profits generated are then reinvested back into the community in the form of projects and activities for all of the residents of Graig Y Rhacca. With the support of the Communities First we were able to open our first Thrift shop and are looking to grow the business.  Soon, we will be able to offer work placements and volunteers a place where they will have the chance to learn all about retail industry, all about employment and all about community projects, whilst building their confidence. Stephanie Mitchell project lead of Thrift Shop said: The first day was a great success and once customers saw the great quality clothing and items we have here, we were kept really busy. This project is still new and still small but I think it has a great future as we have had masses of…
Ibiza meets Caerphilly – Social Enterprise of The Month Social Enterprise GR Cleaning Services are playing hosts to two students from Ibiza as part of the Erasmus programme. Aitor Venteo Maya 23 and Ivan Verdra Jiminez 21 from the Secondary Education Institution IES Sa Blanca Dona in Ibiza are enjoying a 2 month work placement in Bedwas Caerphilly. Whilst here they will benefit from being based in a business as part of their Business Administration qualification and of course an opportunity to practice their English. GR Cleaning Services has been working with Coleg Cymoedd Nantgarw for over 6 years hosting students from Ibiza.  They have also hosted work placements from other partner organisations. As a Social Enterprise – GR Cleaning Services has always been keen to offer work placements and work experience as part of social aims and objectives. GR Cleaning Services is a Caerphilly based Social Enterprise, established in 2009. Their aim is to provide a professional, high quality, valued-cleaning and facilities management service in an honest and socially responsible way. All their profits are ploughed back to ensure the continued employment of staff from within the local community. All the staff are members of the Social Enterprise so have say on how the company develops. They provide domestic, office and industrial site cleaning at outstanding affordable rates, some of their clients include Wales Co-operative, ISG and Encon. Istvan Racz Business Development Manager for GR Cleaning Services said: We are very proud of the fact that we are a Social Enterprise and invest in our staff providing them with employment and training opportunities. All our staff are members of the…