8 Oct 2018

Social enterprise Help4Wales foundation have won Social Enterprise of the Year at this year’s Wales Startup Awards, sponsored by WCVA.

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The winners of the awards were announced on 21 September at a ceremony held at the Depot in Cardiff and hosted by BBC presented Sian Lloyd. 

The awards - the only ones of their kind in Wales to recognise new businesses that are less than three years old - saw over 200 entries from across the country with Cwmbran-based Freight Logistics Solutions scooping the award for the best start-up in Wales. 

WCVA sponsored the Social Enterprise of the Year award, with Rhys Meredith of Social Investment Cymru eventually presenting the award to Help4Wales foundation

The Help4Wales Foundation is a community interest company based in Caerphilly, set up to support those most in need across Wales. Its main initiative is 'Animal Safe Haven', an animal fostering scheme supporting victims of domestic abuse and homelessness that places pets into a temporary foster home within the community where they are cared for and loved as their own until the owner can have them back.   

The other nominees were: 

  • Awel Co-op - has over 1000 owners in the co-operative and has generated more than 10GW through its windfarm, leading to sales of over £1m and supplying energy to the equivalent of over 2500 homes. The profits generated from this venture will be used to tackle fuel poverty and develop innovative, renewable energy projects.   
  • ShedNet - set up as a sustainable social enterprise with the main social aim of supporting groups of people establish and sustain shed facilities and activities. Men and Women Sheds are generally small self-managed community groups with between 20-50 people linked to any one shed, and their aim is to open one in every town across the Heads of the Valleys region over the next 3 years.  
  • Up Side Down Circus - a community interest company that facilitates circus classes, team building and workshops in its training facility as well as external circus workshops for outreach and bespoke projects. It also provides entertainment and venue. 

Visit the Wales Startup Awards website for more information on the winners.