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News from RISE: Wolseley Trust, has been accredited as the first development trust to receive the Social Enterprise Mark

Deb Lapthorne, Plymouth�s Director of Public Health, presented the award at a showcase event at the Trust�s Jan Cutting Healthy Living Centre.

The event also celebrated the Trust�s community development work, in partnership with the Plymouth Public Health Development Unit and other local community organisations, to improve health and well-being for local residents.
The Social Enterprise Mark is a fair trade mark which tells customers that a business puts its profits back into the community rather than into the pockets of shareholders.

As a social enterprise, Wolseley Trust provides business premises bringing jobs and businesses into the area and hires out rooms at two city business parks � Scott Business Park, in Beacon Park, and Wolseley Trust Business Park, in Ford. The Trust then uses its trading surpluses to provide services for community benefit including those at its Jan Cutting Healthy Living Centre � such as mental health counselling, healthy lifestyle advice, benefits advice and help for those who are not in work.

Peter Flukes, CEO of Wolseley Trust, said:
�We are very proud to have achieved this award which we feel helps to promote the value of social enterprise within the economic, health and regeneration plans for Plymouth. It�s also a recognition of all the efforts of our partners and supporters, such as other community organisations, local MPs, Plymouth City Council and Plymouth Public Health Development Unit. The showcase event was a celebration of what the community can achieve together, given the right partnership support from public agencies.�

Mr Flukes said that the work of the Jan Cutting HLC and Wolseley Trust �highlights the growing shift in Plymouth towards an economy that delivers social, environmental and economic benefits�.

Wolseley Trust is part of a small but growing number of Mark holders including the Plymouth-based Zebra Collective, which delivers training to promote equality and participation, and the Eden Project in Cornwall.

Plymouth Devonport MP Alison Seabeck championed the achievement. She said: �I really value the important work that Wolseley Trust does locally, ensuring that local people have access to advice and support and community health services. The recognition nationally which this award brings is well deserved. I am so pleased that Wolseley is the first development trust to receive the Social Enterprise Mark, bringing a great accolade to our city, and building our credentials to be a caring and entrepreneurial city.�

The Social Enterprise Mark is funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund and it is sponsored by the South West Regional Development Agency, The Co-operative Group South & West and Triodos Bank.