Aberdeen charity, the Breadmaker, has made it through to the UK final of the Social Enterprise Coalition Awards after winning the Scottish Final at a prestigious awards ceremony held at the Scottish Parliament last week (Tuesday 17th November) for ‘Best New Social Enterprise’.
The UK final will be decided online through a public vote and the Bread Maker has now launched a campaign to seek both local and national support for the good work that it does in helping people with learning disabilities gain employment opportunities and training.
The online voting opened on Friday of last week (20th November) and will close on 30th November. There are 10 days to vote and the winner will be announced at a Gala event being held in London on 3rd December.
The Bread Maker is one of only 3 Scottish firms to be shortlisted in the UK final. It joins Alloa Community Enterprises, which is up for the “Best Large Social Enterprise” and Social Enterprise Clydebank, which has been selected for “Best Small Social Enterprise”. The national awards have helped put Scotland on the map for its outstanding entrepreneurship in the third sector and have given recognition to the hard work that goes into making social enterprises successful.
Chief Executive of the Bread Maker, Donald Anderson commented: “Being put forward for the SEC’s UK Final is fantastic for the Bread Maker. Our board, staff, volunteers and apprentices are all really excited about it and feeling very proud and fortunate to have won the Scottish Award for “Best New Social Enterprise”; it really is an honour. We are now looking forward to the outcome of the UK Final and are just delighted to be there, representing Scotland and representing what we do. We would encourage anyone who supports us to go online and vote. Every vote counts and it would be great to put the Bread Maker on the map.”
The Bread Maker opened nearly three years ago to give people with learning disabilities the chance to gain practical skills and find meaningful employment. Last year it helped seven adults into supported work placements and a further three went on to attend college. The charity supports 27 apprentices with the help of 13 volunteers.
To vote for the Bread maker to win visit http://www.socialenterpriseawards.org.uk .