Plymouth wins two more national awards for innovation in social enterprise


Councillor Penberthy (far left) is pictured at the iESE awards with representatives from the Council, Plymouth Energy Community & Plymouth Social Enterprise Network.

Councillor Penberthy (far left) is pictured at the iESE awards with representatives from the Council, Plymouth Energy Community & Plymouth Social Enterprise Network.

Plymouth City Council has won two more prestigious national awards celebrating public sector transformation and innovation.

Representatives from Plymouth City Council, Plymouth Social Enterprise Network (PSEN), and Plymouth Energy Community (PEC) attended the 2015 Improvement and Efficiency Awards on Wednesday 4 March.

Plymouth won Silver in the Working Together category for the Council’s partnership work with Plymouth Social Enterprise Network on the Social Enterprise City initiative, and Bronze in the Innovation Award category for its work in support of the community energy agenda and the work of PEC.

Councillor Chris Penberthy, Cabinet Member for Cooperatives, Housing and Community Safety for Plymouth City Council, said: “It is fantastic news that Plymouth has won these two national awards recognising the work of the Council and its partners in PEC and PSEN.”

Plymouth Social Enterprise Network is a partnership between Plymouth City Council, Plymouth University, local businesses and social enterprises, and national agencies.

Gareth Hart, Chair of Plymouth Social Enterprise Network, said: “This is award is welcome recognition that PSEN, is working hard with Plymouth City Council and other partners, to see a city where social enterprise is central to the way we do business. We want to inspire anyone thinking about starting a business in Plymouth to consider that they could make that business a social enterprise.”

PEC is a community benefit society with more than 750 members which was set up to address the key issues of fuel poverty and climate change by changing how people in Plymouth use, buy and generate energy, through a range of services and unique partnerships. The establishment of PEC has been supported by Plymouth City Council, as has its sister organisation PEC Renewables which aims to deliver renewable energy.

Find out about PEC Renewables’ latest community share offer on the PEC website here.

Alistair MacPherson, Chief Executive of PEC, said: “Plymouth aims to be at the forefront of tackling fuel poverty and climate change by providing innovative solutions and encouraging people to switch to renewable, more affordable energy. This award recognises the work we do on this and the invaluable support given by Plymouth City Council.”

The awards are organised by iESE – the Improvement and Efficiency Social Enterprise – which works with public sector organisations to help them answer the biggest challenge facing Britain’s public services today – “how do we deliver better outcomes, at a lower cost to the public?”