GLL support Social Enterprise Day 2014
As the UK’s largest leisure charitable social enterprise and ‘non-profit’ organisation, GLL has been at the forefront of the social enterprise movement since it first launched in Greenwich in 1993. Today it operates over 140 leisure and sporting facilities, 27 libraries, has recently diversified into children’s centres and has reinvested over £70m reinvested since launching.
GLL is also committed to working with social enterprises and Fairtrade suppliers where possible, and has recently partnered with leading cultural and leisure trust BH Live, who operate cafes, banqueting and event catering at three GLL leisure facilities, the London Aquatics Centre and Copper Box Arena on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, together with Streatham Ice and Leisure Centre - the only Olympic-sized ice skating rink in London. The leisure operator also currently stocks social enterprise products such as Belu water and Divine chocolate within its centres.
As part of this year’s Social Enterprise Day, GLL will be supporting the Social Economy Alliance by taking part in its ‘Thunderclap’ Social Media initiative. Operating like an online flash mob, Thunderclap allows participants to post a message on Twitter, Facebook or Tumblr at a set time and date. The Social Enterprise Day Thunderclap aims to raise awareness of the work of Social Enterprises across the UK.
Mark Sesnan, GLL Managing Director, comments, “The benefits that a social enterprise offers are numerous. As one of the first leisure providers in the social enterprise movement, we have always been convinced that our business model, where we reinvest any surpluses back into the service for the benefit of the community, has huge social benefits, while also enabling us to operate as a financially viable business.
“It is rewarding to see many more people, including our 7000 staff employed at GLL, recognising the value of what we do. We will continue to spread the word and support the social enterprise movement, as well as stock other socially driven products and services. Being able to ‘Buy Social’ has never been so easy.”
Notes to the editor
Established in 1993, GLL is the largest UK-based charitable social enterprise delivering leisure, health and community services. We operate over 140 public sport and leisure centres and 27 libraries (including three prison libraries), as well as children’s centres, in partnership with over 30 local councils, public agencies and sporting organisations. Our leisure facilities enjoy more than 39 million visitors a year with over 490,000 members.
Alongside our core leisure and library divisions, we also operate in sport and legacy development, health intervention and education - as well as offering the GLL Sports Foundation, one of the largest independent support programmes for talented young athletes in the UK.
For more details contact:
PR and Communications Manager, GLL
T: 07813 458 258