PS Services crowned the UK's 'One to Watch'
Gofal's Cardiff based social business fought off strong competition to be crowned the ‘One to Watch’ at the high profile UK Social Enterprise Awards ceremony in London on Wednesday night.
Facilities management business PS Services was presented with the award at an event attended by 250 people at the London Symphony Orchestra St Luke’s, hosted by comedienne and broadcaster Sue Perkins and sponsored by The Independent on Sunday.
The national competition, now in its 15th year, recognises the work and achievements of Britain’s most inspiring and successful social enterprises. The UK now has more than 70,000 social enterprises: businesses with a social mission which contribute more than £24 billion to the UK economy each year.
Established in 2011 by Gofal, PS Services is a facilities management business. It has and continues to employ and provide work placements for people with and without experience of mental health problems and invests any profits back into Gofal to support the delivery of its mental health support services. During the past 2 years, PS Services has grown from one member of staff working in Cardiff, to now employing 30 members of staff across South Wales.
PS Services were automatically shortlisted for the UK awards after picking up the ‘One to Watch’ award at the Welsh Social Enterprise Awards in October.
After winning the UK ‘One to Watch’ award, PS Services Manager Gethin Palmer commented:
“We are absolutely delighted to have won the ‘UK’s One to Watch’ award. It is testament to every staff member at PS Services who has helped to make the business a success during the past two years.
“As a social enterprise, it has grown and developed around our strong core values of caring for our staff, our customers and the communities we operate in, as well as delivering high quality affordable services across a range of sectors.
“Through PS Services we have been able to support a number of people with mental health problems back into work and in many cases we have seen people completely turn their lives around for the better.
“In a highly competitive market, this added value has appealed to other organisations’ corporate social responsibilities. Thank you to all of our clients and we hope this success continues well into the future.”
Peter Holbrook, Social Enterprise UK Chief Executive, said:
“The award winners fought off fierce competition and wholly deserve to be recognised on a national stage for their contribution to society. Making a positive difference while making a profit isn't easy, this is why social enterprises - businesses that give back – are so extraordinary.”
PS Services is currently undergoing a rebrand, with a new website and new look brand identity to be launched in January 2014.
The awards are organised by Social Enterprise UK, the national body for social enterprises, businesses that reinvest their profits for good, benefitting people and planet.
For more information about PS Services, please visit their website www.ps-services.org.uk