A BLACKPOOL-based social enterprise is celebrating after being named in the top 100 companies in the UK by the Royal Bank of Scotland.
Social Enterprise Solutions, headquartered at the Enterprise Centre on Lytham Road, is one of only four Lancashire companies to be listed in the RBS SE 100 report.
Social enterprise is a rapidly growing sector - where companies work for the benefit of society rather than their directors - and is instrumental in the coalition government’s Big Society agenda.
The team at Social Enterprise Solutions help entrepreneurs start up their business and mentor them through the process.
Over the past two years they have also found dozens of local young people permanent jobs as part of the Future Jobs programme.
The RBS SE 100 attracts nominations from across the country from social enterprises working in sectors like health, social care, recycling, employment and training.
Overall, the report showed a massive growth in the social enterprise sector. While FTSE 100 companies grew by five per cent last year, in comparison the companies in the RBS SE 100 reported a combined growth of 51 per cent.
Tony Carr, manager at Social Enterprise Solutions, said: “This is excellent recognition for the work of the team. Blackpool has a thriving social enterprise sector delivering real benefits to some of the most vulnerable people in society.
“We have recently seen a lot of interest from public bodies like the NHS and local authorities who recognise that some of their services could be run more efficiently if they were to become social enterprises.
“This process of de-centralising departments fits in with Government thinking on opening up public services.”
Nick Hurd, government minister for civil society at the Cabinet Office, added: “The outstanding growth reported on this year’s index and an increase in organisations who monitor their impact demonstrates the excellent contribution social enterprises make.”