Social Saturday is a chance for social enterprises to promote their work via putting on events and opening their doors to local people, stakeholders and other businesses to find out more about their work. The first Social Saturday took place in 2014 and this year it fell on Saturday 13th October. To mark the occasion this year the Resurgam Trust hosted a showcase event of their social enterprises and the social enterprises associated to them. At the event hosted in Resurgam’s Social Enterprise Bar, The Highway Inn Bar & Kitchen, they highlighted the current employment and volunteer opportunities within the Trust and their associated businesses.
Alderman William Leathem, Chairman of the Council’s Development Committee, speaking about this local event, said: “The Council was pleased to support this initiative through its Boosting Business Mentoring programme run by its Economic Development Unit. Resurgam Trust has held a successful Social Saturday event for the last two years at which they showcased their products and services. These events are a good opportunity for residents to hear about volunteering and job opportunities within Resurgam’s six social enterprises and their associated businesses. The Council values the social economic sector and values how important this sector is in providing jobs and contributing to the local economy”
There are around 70,000 social enterprises in the UK, employing nearly a million people and contributing £24 billion to the economy. The Resurgam Trust has six social enterprises generating employment for 100+ people with an annual turnover of £1.2m and a wage bill of £2m going into the local economy.
Adrian Bird, Resurgam’s Trust Director added: “As an organisation that comprises of a number of Social Enterprises I feel it’s very important that we celebrate Social Saturday to raise the profile of the Social Enterprise Sector particularly locally here in Lisburn & Castlereagh. The only difference between a private business and a social enterprise is what the respective organisation does with their profits. A social enterprise reinvests their profits back into community therefore any event that raises the awareness of how social enterprises operate is very much welcome”
The Resurgam Trust would like to thank Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council and Social Enterprise NI for supporting their event and also the people who turned up on the day.
From L-R Philip Dean (Resurgam Trust Chairman), Denis Paisley (Resurgam Trust Regeneration Manager), Colin Jess (Director of Social Enterprise NI), Adrian Bird (Trust Director of Resurgam Trust) and Jason Abraham (Resurgam Trust Social Enterprise Manager)