Hannahs shortlisted for business award

The Dame Hannah Rogers Trust has beaten off stiff competition to be shortlisted for one of the Herald Express South Devon Business Excellence Awards 2014. The Trust is one of four local organisations shortlisted for Best Social Enterprise/Community Impact Award which recognises organisations that are passionate about providing community and social benefit.

Hannahs at Seale-Hayne is an independent charitable organisation, trading as a social enterprise in order to fund its pioneering work, which helps around 600 people with physical and learning disabilities and their families each year.

Its income is generated through dining, conferencing, events, Health and Wellbeing Centre and shops plus fees from those who take part in daily activity sessions.

It employs 130 people of all abilities to run its social enterprise; of these 18% have a form of disability.

With an outdoor pursuits centre, recording studios, sensory music room, farm, gallery, bistro, workshops, vocational courses and learning placements, it is a place of true integration and imagination. The project is an amazing place for the community, for people of all abilities, where they can train, learn have fun and fulfil their true potential without judgment or limit.

Bronwen Hewitt, Chief Executive at the Trust, said: “We have worked so hard over the last 4 years to turn Seale-Hayne into a vibrant space and community hub for people of all abilities so we are absolutely delighted to be shortlisted for these prestigious awards.

“We have a saying that you have to see it to truly believe it so would encourage everyone to visit our beautiful site and perhaps buy a coffee or a unique present for a loved one and help us to continue our inspirational work.”

The judges faced some tough decisions, with more than 100 entries received. The winners will be announced at the glittering awards ceremony on Friday, March 14, at the Riviera International Conference Centre in Torquay. The awards are designed to showcase the wealth of talent, entrepreneurship and drive in South Devon, much of which goes unsung. There were a huge range of entries this year, from businesses started in garages and bedrooms to those exporting to dozens of countries around the world with multi-million pound turnover.