Bute project wins social enterprise award

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A Bute-based project has won the ‘social enterprise of the year’ prize at the annual awards ceremony of the Argyll and Bute Social Enterprise Network.

Fyne Futures received the award in recognition of its strong commitment to community regeneration through its environmental activities, which include a recycling collection service, furniture reuse scheme, a car club, home energy efficiency advice and the growth of fresh local produce.

The project, the ‘sustainability’ arm of Rothesay-based housing association Fyne Homes, now employs 16 people on the island.

The awards judging panel said: “The company undertook a strategic review following a challenging year in 2012/13, reviewing the management structure and developed an effective management and staffing structure for the long term development and sustainability of Fyne Futures, supported by their board.

“The consolidation of distinct projects in to a cohesive social enterprise, whilst maintaining local and nationally recognised brands has been a key achievement this year.

“The development of a community engagement strategy and digital marketing activities have also been key developments this year assisting the company to achieve a modest profit despite difficult trading conditions.

“This along with a year long programme of change management has enabled Fyne Futures to develop as a fitter and more resilient social enterprise.”