The Pulteneytown People’s Project has romped home with the coveted ‘Social Enterprise Award’ at the 2016 Highland Business Awards.
(L-R) Gail Ross MSP, Kenneth McElroy of the Caithness Broch Project, and Alyn Smith MEP in Telford's Cafe at the Pulteney Centre, home of the Pulteney People's Project.
Started in 2003 during a meeting of community-minded Wickers in the South Primary School, the Pulteneytown People’s Project, known locally as the PPP, has expanded to employ 55 staff and occupy a vital role in the northern town of Wick and the surrounding area. As a social enterprise, all profits made by the PPP go back into the local community, enabling the Project to provide services ranging from a Job Club to a Training Centre to help local people into employment.
Alyn Smith MEP and Gail Ross MSP have both welcomed the much-deserved recognition for the project, with Gail Ross formally tabling a Parliamentary Motion congratulating the PPP on its win.
Alyn, who has an administrative office in the PPP, said:
“The PPP is a real success story, caring for people from the cradle to the grave with excellent services and staff widely recognised for their warmth, professionalism and genuine love for their work.
“Every penny of profit goes back into the community, and I have nothing but the utmost respect for everyone there. My constituency is the whole of Scotland, and I’d happily support a PPP in every local authority area because I’ve seen first-hand the good work it does.
Local MSP Gail added:
“The PPP has made a hugely positive impact for people of all ages in Wick and the surrounding area, and Katrina MacNab’s vision and dedication has seen it grow to become an irreplaceable community asset.
“From the ‘Men’s Shed’ providing a social hub other than the pub, to older ladies bringing their knitting into the Hobby Club and having a wee chat, it’s a fantastic, innovative gift for the area that really does improve the quality of life in the area.
“I’m proud to have the PPP in my hometown, and I’m sure my Holyrood colleagues will join me in extending a hearty congratulations to the PPP!”
The PPP began in February 2003 with 1.5 staff and a £10,000 budget. It now employs 55 staff and has a turnover of over £750,000.
Facilities include a crèche, care at home services, housing support advice such as cooking on a budget, help with training, and benefit advice, and a café featuring locally-sourced food wherever possible.