Hannahs win business award

Hannahs at Seale-Hayne has beaten off stiff competition to win the Best Social Enterprise/Community Impact Award at the Herald Express South Devon Business Excellence Awards 2014. The Trust was one of four local organisations recognised for being passionate about providing community and social benefit.

The awards took place took place at a glittering ceremony last Friday at the Riviera International Conference Centre in Torquay. The judges faced some tough decisions, with more than 100 entries received. 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.

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 are so thrilled. Winning this award is a testament to the whole team at Hannahs at Seale-Hayne who are passionate about our work; and to the community who have given us such support enjoying the many exciting things on offer. But most of all to the recognition that a magical place like Hannahs is changing the world for people with disabilities”.