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Council wins prestigious social enterprise accolade.

Thursday, 16 November 2017

DERRY City and Strabane District Council has picked up a prestigious highly commended 'Council of the Year' award at the Social Enterprise Awards NI 2017 in the Stormont Hotel, Belfast.

Mayor of Derry and Strabane Council, councillor Maolíosa McHugh, said: "I would like to congratulate council staff on winning this prestigious award in recognition of the great work that is being done to promote and support social enterprises in Derry and Strabane.

"Council are engaged in a range of activities and support at all levels - from start-ups and community groups at the beginning of their social enterprise journey, to more experienced social enterprises.

"This well-deserved award is testament to the hard work of council staff - and their ongoing efforts to support local social enterprises in reaching their full potential." Louise Breslin, business manager with the council, who attended the awards ceremony, said: "I was delighted to pick up this prestigious award on behalf of council and working in collaboration with our strategic partners Enterprise North West.

"Council has a proven track record and ongoing commitment to creating social enterprise regeneration throughout the city and district.

"Indeed, growing the local economy is council's number one strategic priority - and that is why we have in place a range of funded business support programmes delivered throughout the city and district - including tendering support, exploring enterprise and tailored mentoring - all of which attract participation from social enterprises.

"Importantly, we see our social economy sector as vital contributors to future growth - and building a stronger economy that will benefit people throughout the city and district."

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