Businesses that work for the good of the community have gathered in Wigan to celebrate Social Enterprise Day, in 80s gameshow-style.
Wiganers were encouraged to ‘come on down’ to the ReBuild With Hope store, in the former Debenhams building, to take part in the fun and meet some of the 250 social enterprises that operate in the borough.
Nationally, social enterprises contribute £60billion to the economy and employ around two million people.
The event was produced by Wigan and Leigh Community Charity, Wigan Council and social consultancy Roots and Branches to bring together social enterprises, business and the local community.
David Baxter, from Wigan and Leigh Community Charity, said: “Wigan is nationally recognised as a hotspot of social enterprise activity and has been awarded ‘Social Enterprise Place’ status. We have a vibrant business community here in Wigan and it is important to celebrate the contribution local social enterprises make – and what better way than to get the whole borough involved in Social Enterprise Day. We have had everyone here today from community interest companies, private sector, public sector, families, customers, clients, and friends. And you can’t beat a bit of Bully!”
The fun kicked off with two teams from Wigan Council facing off on the oche in a game of the family favourite Bullseye before members of the public got their chance to play for prizes.
John Norcott hosted Wigan’s version ITV classics The Price Is Right complete with “ad break”, entertainment provided by More than Words, a social enterprise that uses drama, music, dance, singing and creative activities to help people all ages and abilities develop confidence and independence.
The after-school crowd were treated to raucous rounds of Play Your Cards Right with a chance to win a range of classic gameshow prizes from slow cookers to steam irons.
David added: “It has been wonderful to see everyone get behind this event and our social enterprises. So many people have walked away from today not only with prizes – no speedboats sadly – but contacts, connections, solutions to business problems and even unique Christmas present ideas!”
To find out more about becoming a social enterprise or if you have a business idea you want help to get off the ground in Wigan, contact email@example.com or 01942 732 022.
Pic caption, from left: John Norcott, game show host; Liz Douglas, Roots and Branches Social Enterprise; David Baxter, Wigan and Leigh Community Charity; Alex Winstanley, Happy Smiles CIC