Social Saturday 2016: Gwynedd social enterprises take part

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Social Saturday is an annual event which encourages people to buy from social enterprises. This year, four major Gwynedd social enterprises are getting involved.

Antur Waunfawr’s “Warws Werdd” shop, GISDA, Menter Fachwen and Age Cymru Gwynedd a Môn are among Gwynedd’s social enterprises who will be celebrating Social Saturday 2016.

Social Saturday takes place on 15 October 2016 and comprises UK-wide activities and events which celebrate social enterprises and help to raise awareness of this trading format and what it aims to achieve.

Social enterprises are businesses which reinvest their profits in projects that are for the common good. These can include environmental causes and regeneration of local communities.

There are over 70,000 social enterprises in the United Kingdom. They operate in all sorts of industries and sell all sorts of products and services. Interestingly, it has been said that social enterprises are more successful than SMEs (small to medium enterprises) in a number of areas including diversity and paying the Living Wage.

Social Saturday aims to raise awareness of the work done by social enterprises, to make sure the public know about them and the products and services they sell – and the good causes they support, too.  You can get involved in a number of ways – for example, by choosing to buy gifts from a shop that’s run as a social enterprise, or have lunch in a social enterprise eatery.

Gwynedd’s social enterprises will celebrate Social Saturday in different ways, for example by offering discounts or holding special events. Keep an eye on the Prynu’n Lleol Gwynedd Facebook page and Twitter feed to find out more, as we’ll be sharing their news with our followers every day in the run-up to Social Saturday.

If you’d like to know more about Social Saturday, who’s behind it, what happened at last year’s Social Saturday and what to expect this year, please visit www.socialsaturday.org.uk.

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