SUNDERLAND has been recognised as one of the best cities in the country to launch and run a social enterprise.
The city has been designated a national Social Enterprise Place in recognition of being an area where social enterprise activity is thriving.
This prestigious status underlines the huge amount of work done to date by a number of partners across the city, including SES (Sustainable – Enterprise – Strategies), Sunderland City Council, the Business Innovation Centre, University of Sunderland, Sunderland City College and the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) in the North East.
SES has supported the establishment of more than 3,500 small business start-ups and 245 social enterprises over three decades and in June this year, SES won an RBS Award for its commitment to increasing female-led enterprise in the North East via its ‘Woopie’ (Women Out Of Poverty into Enterprise) initiative.
Mark Heskett Saddington, director at SES said: “This latest accolade is yet more recognition for the many social enterprises in the city that are thriving, creating jobs and helping to boost the local economy.”
The Government estimates that there are now 180,000 social enterprises in the UK.