Spruce Carpets wins top social enterprise award
Glasgow-based Spruce Carpets last night won the title of Social Enterprise of the Year 2008 at the prestigious Scottish Business in the Community Awards.
Spruce was praised by judges as ‘an excellent story about innovation and sustainability built on a simple business model’.
The firm is the UK’s first carpet recycling social enterprise. It was established in February 2005 and conserves resources by recycling flooring destined for landfill and provides a low-cost refurbished product for people on low incomes. This in turn creates training and employment opportunities through the processing, resale and fitting of the flooring. The company employs 12 people and has a turnover of around £250,000.
Since starting it has diverted over 140 tonnes of waste from landfill, helped 7 New Deal trainees into employment and provided over 100 volunteer opportunities.
Chief Executive Izzie Johnston said: “Spruce is delighted to win this award. It represents all the hard work that employees, volunteers and board members have put into over the last 3 years.
Spruce has grown from nothing through the determination and vision of many people. We hope Spruce will grow from strength to strength with this national recognition and demonstrate the ambition of the social enterprise sector.”
Spruce was chosen for the award ahead of some of the country’s biggest social enterprises including Wise Group, Haven Products and Forth Sector.
Chairman Jon Molyneux added: “To be considered for this award alongside such well established and successful social businesses is a fantastic honour.
“It goes to show that young fledgling social enterprises can make the next step, and although Spruce is still very much proving itself, we are optimistic for the future.”