Member of Parliament for Clwyd South, Simon Baynes MP, has congratulated Glyn Wylfa on becoming a finalist in the UK Social Enterprise Awards and their director, Brian Colley, becoming a fellow of the RSA (Royal Society for Arts Manufactures and Commerce) in recognition of his contribution to Glyn Wylfa.
Glyn Wylfa, based in Chirk, is a finalist in the Transformative Community, Business Category. Glyn Wylfa was established 8 years ago as a café, community and tourist hub and business centre as a social enterprise for the benefit to the local community. In the last year, Glyn Wylfa has increased sales income by 15% and net profit/surplus by 30% which was used for energy saving and customer benefit investments while also doubling their charitable and local donations. The Café receives over 43,000 visitors per year, employs 13 and is open 7 days a week and the business centre houses a number of successful businesses, plus the local Police Station, that in total employ approximately 30 local people.
Social enterprises are businesses which trade for a social or environmental purpose. There are 100,000 social enterprises in the UK contributing £60bn to the UK economy, each one being set up to tackle some of the biggest challenges we face from homelessness to the climate emergency.
Mr Baynes recently visited Glyn Wylfa in July 2021 and was able to learn more about the role that they play in ensuring that the local community in Chirk is able to benefit as much as possible from their success.
The UK Social Enterprise Awards run by Social Enterprise UK, the national membership body for social enterprises, recognise the nation’s most pioneering social enterprises. Glyn Wylfa will be joining other shortlisted organisations at the prestigious awards ceremony to be held at London’s iconic Guildhall on 8 December.
Director of Glyn Wylfa, Brian Colley said:
“It is an honour for our directors, employees, customers and other stakeholders to be recognised as a shortlisted social enterprise for this prestigious award.”
Simon Baynes MP said:
“I would like to congratulate everyone at Glyn Wylfa on their incredible achievement of being shortlisted in the UK Social Enterprise Awards. This is an incredible accomplishment and is testament to the hard work and commitment shown at Glyn Wylfa. I recently visited Glyn Wylfa in July to congratulate the team on their success and thoroughly enjoyed my visit. I wish everyone at Glyn Wylfa the very best of luck for the awards ceremony next month.
“I also want to pay special tribute to Brian Colley, who has been invited and accepted as a Fellow of the RSA (Royal Society for Arts Manufactures and Commerce), in recognition of his contribution as a Director of Glyn Wylfa, demonstrating the power of social enterprise and its economic, social and cultural impact on Chirk. And I know this will enable Brian to influence thinking on the huge benefits and impact of Social Enterprises on local communities.”