Preston Vocational Centre (PVC), our charitable subsidiary, has been voted ‘Small Social Enterprise of the Year’ for the 2nd consecutive year.
Hosted by Selnet, a Lancashire-based social enterprise network, the annual ‘Enterprise in Society’ awards are held to recognise and celebrate the important work social enterprises such as PVC play in our local communities.
PVC was shortlisted for three awards – ‘Enabling Ability’, ‘Small Social Enterprise of the Year’ and ‘Lancashire Social Enterprise of the Year’
Speaking of the award, Martin Grayston, PVC Centre Manager, highlighted the dedication of his team and the wider support received from Community Gateway. He said,
“This award is a direct reflection of the professionalism and passion of the entire PVC team; all of whom work tirelessly to help every person who walks through our doors reach their full potential. Our continued success has seen us become oversubscribed in recent years, and as such we are now looking to expand and increase investment in new training and IT equipment.”
Based just outside Preston city centre, PVC provides vocational training in various construction-related areas, including carpentry, decorating and bricklaying. Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, PVC has so far helped more than 6,000 local young people and adults improve their lives, with more than 50% of these coming from alternative education routes.
Claire Smith, Head of Culture and Engagement, said,
“We are very proud to support PVC in the fantastic work they do with our tenants and colleagues. This incredible achievement is clear recognition of all their hard work and is thoroughly well deserved. As our charitable subsidiary, PVC is transforming the lives of local young people and adults within the heart of our communities, and adding real value to our organisation. Everyone here at Community Gateway is very proud of PVC’s continued success.”
To learn more about the great work Martin and the team do at PVC, visit www.prestonvocationalcentre.co.uk