Aura Wales has been named Social Enterprise of the Year and winner of the Consumer Facing Social Enterprise award!
On 24th September, members of the Aura team attended the Social Business Wales Awards 2019 hosted at Venue Cymru in Llandudno.
Aura had been one of the three finalists for the award of ‘Consumer Facing Social Enterprise’ and, upon winning the award, was automatically put forward for the headline category of ‘Social Enterprise of the Year’ which we are proud to say we subsequently won!
Within Aura, we have a unique and fantastic opportunity to determine our own destiny as an employee owned company. We operate for the benefit of our local community through the provision of culture, sport and leisure opportunities that improve mental health and physical well-being. In the last year, £2.4 million has been invested into Aura’s leisure centres in Mold and Flint, with over 1.5 million customer visits recorded across its leisure centres and libraries.
The judging panel heralded Aura as “a great example of how a social enterprise can keep valuable services running for the benefit of local communities”, and expressed the hope that other social businesses can learn from Aura in the future.
Libraries Development Manager, Kate Leonard, described her excitement about attending the Awards ceremony, and what it felt like hearing Aura’s name announced: “I’m so delighted that Aura’s achievements have been recognised nationally in this way. Everyone has worked so hard to get us to where we are today. To be honest, just attending and being part of the awards for the first time was an amazing experience for us all. Hearing our name read out – not just once, but twice! – was out of this world. I feel truly privileged to be a part of the team that made it possible. Go Aura!”
Aura will try to maintain its winning momentum at the upcoming UK Social Enterprise Awards to be held at London’s Guildhall on 4th December. Aura has, once again, received a nomination in the category of ‘Consumer Facing Social Enterprise’.