The shortlist for the Social Enterprise Awards Wales 2015 has been announced and amongst the 13 named finalists from across Wales, Swansea based Red Dragon Manufacturing Ltd (Red Dragon FlagmakersTM) have been shortlisted in recognition of their excellence amongst the social business sector in Wales.
The ‘One to Watch’ category recognises outstanding social businesses that have been established less than two years. As a finalist in this category Red Dragon Manufacturing Ltd was incorporated as a registered social profit company in January 2014 and borne out of a family flag manufacturing business started in the late 1960s by the current CEO’s father Robin Ashburner.
Glenn Bowen, Director of Enterprise at the Wales Co-operative Centre, who will chair the judging panel, commented: “Now in their fifth year, the Social Enterprise Awards Wales have become known as the leading awards scheme for the sector. The standard of entries from across Wales has been very high, illustrating that our social businesses are making an important contribution to the Welsh economy whilst delivering significant social and environmental benefits. These Awards will ensure they gain the recognition they deserve!”
Jo Ashburner, CEO and co-founder of Red Dragon Manufacturing Ltd says ‘….really this is a huge achievement for our micro business. We set out to rehabilitate people in the Welsh community through training in practical skills and the medium of traditional sewn flag making – we are one of the few companies remaining in the UK who make this quality product and we’re thrilled that the business community and our customers have embraced what we do with belief in our mission and soul of our products. Being shortlisted for this award over many very worthy nominations supports our ambition for positive outcomes and sustainable long term employment for our staff. With this recognition we will strive to set an example and expand the business through diversification and collaboration with other businesses who proactively want to make a real difference on a social basis.’
Organised by the Wales Co-operative Centre, the Awards are mainly funded by the ERDF and Welsh Government and this year, the Award Categories have been sponsored by BIC Innovation, Landsker Business Solutions, Legal & General and NatWest, with additional support from Charity Bank and Big Ideas Wales.
The Awards will be presented on Tuesday 29 September at a lunchtime ceremony held at the Wales Millennium Centre.