Printed Date: 27/04/2018

GLL celebrates UK’s first ‘Social Enterprise Place’ in Oxfordshire

GLL, the UK’s largest leisure charitable social enterprise are proud to announce that Oxfordshire is the first county in Britain to be officially named a Social Enterprise Place. Under their ‘Better’ brand, GLL currently operates the sporting facilities in three of the districts within Oxfordshire - South Oxfordshire, Vale of White Horse and West Oxfordshire, which includes the Prime Minister’s constituency in Witney.

The news was announced this week by Social Enterprise UK, who confirmed the county has shown a commitment to growing its social enterprise communities by bringing together local councils, universities, businesses, charities, social entrepreneurs and local residents. As a leading charitable social enterprise in the area, GLL reinvests any financial surplus back into the 19 leisure centres it operates in Oxfordshire.

The county is also hosting a series of events this month and will celebrate the UK’s first Social Saturday on 13 September. Social Saturday is designed to boost the number of consumers buying from Britain’s 70,000 plus social enterprises – businesses with a social mission that reinvest their profits for good. Well known examples include GLL (under their ‘Better’ consumer brand), The Big Issue, Jamie Oliver’s fifteen restaurant chain, Café Direct and Divine Chocolate.

Mark Sesnan, Managing Director, GLL, said, “Over the past 21 years we have been proud to see our social enterprise roots grow across the UK as well as Oxfordshire, and we were very pleased to have been selected to operate a joint Leisure Management Contract in South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse last May.

“As a charitable social enterprise, we don’t just offer high quality sporting facilities at an affordable price, but are committed to our social mission, ‘Making community facilities and services better for everyone’, which sits at the heart of everything we do.”

Peter Holbrook, CEO of Social Enterprise UK, who will speak at the launch of the Social Enterprise County at Oxford University, said: “As a social enterprise place, Oxfordshire is being recognised for re-injecting life into local communities across the county, creating opportunities and local wealth, and changing lives for the better.”

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