Social adVentures wins RBS SE100 Index Growth Champion Award

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Social adVentures, which saw its annual turnover grow by 262% this year, has won the 2012 Growth Champion Award at the RBS SE100 Index Award ceremony. The Salford-based social enterprise, borne from the NHS, and now jointly owned by service users, staff and local people, provides a range of services, courses and activities specialising in public health and social care.


“I’d like to congratulate Social adVentures on receiving the Growth Champion award and for all their hard work in the past year in getting into the RBS SE100 index. It’s fantastic to see a social enterprise winning this award that is also a Public Service Mutual. Social AdVentures demonstrates how employee-led social enterprises have a key role to play in the way Public Services will be delivered in the future.”


Minister for Civil Society Nick Hurd

Alongside its service delivery, it runs social businesses such as garden centres, managed workspace and community cafés. The team, who work with some of the communities most hard to reach groups, left the NHS under the Government Right to Request programme. Last year they grew their turnover from £146k to £529k.

One example is Garden Needs, a commercial garden centre which is jointly owned by Social adVentures and Mind in Salford.  The links between horticulture and mental health are well known, so when the opportunity to buy the centre became available in 2009, both were eager to invest.  The scheme offers clients with complex health needs, such as depression and anxiety, the chance to spend the day in the fresh air, honing their gardening skills. 

The RBS SE100 Index, researched by the University of the West of England, tracked the business activity of 365 social enterprises, with a combined turnover of £778 million, during 2012. It found that the top 100 growing enterprises grew on average by 60% in the last year and that these organisations had an 85% higher turnover than last year’s top 100.