Network officers elected as ethical business takes off in Plymouth

Michelle Virgo, Chair of the Plymouth SE Network

The Plymouth Social Enterprise Network – which is helping ethical business blossom in the city – has just appointed its first official chairperson and other key officers.

Michelle Virgo (pictured above), of Zebra Collective, has just been appointed Chair of the network. She is joined by Gareth Hart, Managing Director of Iridescent Ideas CIC, as Coordinator and Dave Kilroy of Application Insight, as Treasurer.

Michelle Virgo said: “Not everyone is aware that there are hundreds of people in Plymouth who work for businesses that have social aims. The sector is growing fast as people begin to see enterprise and employment in a new way.”

Gareth Hart, whose company Iridescent Ideas CIC was recently awarded the national Social Enterprise Mark, said: “We’re aiming to drive the network forward to create a strong and thriving social enterprise scene in Plymouth.

“These are exciting times to be involved in ethical businesses – you can earn a good living for yourself but also to make a positive difference to society.”

Dave Kilroy said: “We would like to invite all the social enterprises in Plymouth to get in touch with the Network about getting their amazing stories out to the people of Plymouth – we want your stories!”

The network brings together large and small social enterprises from around the city to exchange information, ideas and expertise. Its mission is to strengthen and develop the sector and to raise the profile of social enterprises in Plymouth. Planned activities include a social investment conference, research into the economic value of the sector and the production of a directory and website to help people find the ethical business services they need.

Any social enterprise in Plymouth can become a full member of the network, and associate membership is available to individuals and organisations that support or have an interest in social enterprise.

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