Fyne Futures – Social Enterprise of the Year!

AwardMarch2104The annual Social Enterprise Awards were presented, recognising excellence and highlighting the range of community, environmental, economic and social benefits being delivered by enterprises across the area. Social Enterprise of the Year was awarded to Fyne Futures, recognising their strong commitment to community regeneration through environmental activities and their ability to diversify and grow their activities to deliver their charitable objectives.  The company has grown from a trading income of just over £72k in 2005/6 to over £221k in 2012/13, having diversified and grown their activities in response to community needs and their charitable objectives.  Their services and products have evolved from recycling operations to now also include; Furniture Reuse, Local Produce, Car Club and Home energy efficiency.  The Company undertook a strategic review following a challenging year in 2012/13, reviewing the management structure and developed an effective management and staffing structure for the long term development and sustainability of Fyne Futures, supported by their board.  The consolidation of distinct projects in to a cohesive social enterprise, whilst maintaining local and nationally recognised brands has been a key achievement this year.  The development of a community engagement strategy and digital marketing activities have also been key developments this year assisting the company to achieve a modest profit despite difficult trading conditions.  This along with a year long programme of change management has enabled Fyne Futures to develop as a fitter and more resilient social enterprise, employing 16 people in Bute with a strong commitment to employment training and volunteering.

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