With our tenth anniversary now past, I am proud to reflect on our record as a Community Interest Company set up to support social and economic development in the PL12 area.
Community Enterprises PL12 is a limited company, but entirely not-for-profit, which means we plough company surpluses back into local projects. With a businesslike approach, we have tackled some issues that affect us all. For example: to help sustain the economy of Fore Street, we set up the SaltashCard, run a market in a once derelict shop, and sponsor pop-up shops; to encourage community wellbeing, we have acquired two community buses, created an information Hub, provide support for families living with dementia, and are in touch with patients to speak for them to the NHS.
Just think what we can do in the next ten years. We have a business model that has stood the test of time, and one that will be developed. On our radar now are an expansion of community transport including our innovative service to Derriford Hospital, and the permanent acquisition of 18 Belle Vue Road, which we have run for nearly two years. By taking on the lease we have secured Citizens Advice in the town, improved facilities for the Saltash FoodBank, as well as providing town centre office space for local businesses and organisations. We are now engaged in planning the future of St Barnabas Hospital.
We remain financially solvent, and as a group of Directors giving their time voluntarily, we are determined to see continued investment in the area, and show how “enterprising” local citizens can be.
Do have a think about whether you have some time to help us in our ambitions – we’re interested in you. Some of you might also have experience in running services or businesses, or managing money – your skills would help us. Have a look at our website…
…but most importantly, do come and meet Directors and volunteers at an informal Special Event on Tuesday 19 September from 6-7.15pm at The Guildhall, Saltash. Drinks and nibbles provided.
We’re looking forward to an enjoyable night. You’d also be welcome to stay on for our Annual General Meeting, aiming to finish by 8.30pm. Phone me anytime on 07813 890416 or email firstname.lastname@example.org