TWO thriving Doncaster businesses have been selected in the region’s top 10 social enterprises list.
Doncaster Refurnish and Higher Rhythm are in line to win £15,000 worth of prizes after being chosen in the recycling and the arts and creative sector categories respectively.
The Yorkshire-based awards are held through regional social enterprise the Key Fund which celebrates budding enterprises and community organisations. It also funds sought-after projects.
Refurnish, which offers new and pre-owned furniture and has stores in Waterdale, Thorne, Wath-upon-Dearne and Carcroft, has provided 11 ex-offender work placements and 79 training work placements for the long-term unemployed.
Nearly 150 students and pupils have also been involved in community activities run through the business, which works in partnership with Doncaster Council and SITA UK.
New projects include a community ‘scrap-store’ and a handyman service.
Matt Smith, fund manager at Key Fund, said: “Refurnish is a truly entrepreneurial social enterprise which combines the delivery of social, environmental, and economic targets.
“It’s not just about helping its employees, it makes a significant impact on people who are in dire financial straits, developing new services so they don’t fall into the murky world of loan sharks and other illegal activities.”
Higher Rhythm, based in Netherhall Road, was set-up by two ex-college lecturers using their own personal donations 11 years ago.
The studio has provided development opportunities for hundreds of people and its record label showcases regional music worldwide to over 650 digital outlets which in turn generates royalties for borough-based artists.
Steve Mundin, the studio’s senior manager, said: “The Key Fund has been instrumental at key strategic points in our development. We started as one thing, but now we deliver many different services through various strands and the Key Fund has provided vital investment at every stage.”
The top three of the nominated 10 will win £15,000 of awards at the Key Fund event held at Rotherham’s Magna Science Museum from 5pm.