Social Enterprise Open Evening in Hertfordshire
An Open Evening showcasing two new social enterprises being launched by CRI, was
attended by over 100 people on June 5th.
Among those attending were volunteers family and friends, representatives from
Hertfordshire County Council, JobCentre Plus, Work Programme providers, local colleges,
and CRI staff from across the county.
The enterprises funded for five years by Hertfordshire County Council will deliver a vision of
'sustainable recovery through enterprise", providing employment pathways that will enable
people to transform their lifestyles and meet their employment aspirations and provide high
quality products for sale to the public.
The event was held in Welwyn Garden City at the new 5000 sq ft premises of RECOVER, of
the emerging enterprises. RECOVER up-cycles unwanted or donated furniture, providing
valuable volunteering opportunities for local service users. Visitors were able to see
examples of RECOVER's emerging product line including soft furnishings and up cycled or
re cycled furniture, which are for sale.
Ian Block, the Business Lead for RECOVER said: "The high level of interest that the evening
created was inspiring. Visitors were impressed at the quality and uniqueness of the up-
cycled items along with the new found skills that the Volunteers are acquiring."
Visitors could also sample food from another of the new enterprises - All Seasoned. This
included quality burgers, using only locally sourced produce. All Seasoned has a catering
arm, runs a mobile catering unit at local farmers markets and events. The enterprise will
also be working in partnership with the Letchworth Arts Centre, to take over the running of
Both enterprises are working in partnership with North Herts College, who will deliver
accredited employability and vocational training courses for service users who are
volunteering. RECOVER is also working with other specialist professionals, such as
upholsterers and paint finishers to provide valuable training and advice on potential
A third enterprise - Secret Space, a yoga and wellbeing centre in Hertford, will be opening
in August this year.
Phil Nichols, the Social Enterprise Development Manager in Hertfordshire said: "It was a
great opportunity to showcase the fantastic work the volunteers have been doing. We will
have more formal launches of each enterprise during the year to promote the high quality
products we are producing and raise awareness of how the enterprises are contributing to
help people in the county improve their prospects of finding and keeping employment."