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P3 Recognised by Social Enterprise Roll of Honour

27 November 2020

P3 Charity and CEO Mark Simms were formally recognised on the UK Social Enterprise Roll of Honour for their work to support people through the Covid-19 pandemic.
The outstanding work of P3 and its CEO Mark Simms were formally acknowledged at a special event bringing together the UK’s business community.
The Roll of Honour was announced at Social Enterprise Futures and saw nearly 1,000 attendees come together to celebrate the heroes of the last year.
Under Mark’s dedicated leadership P3’s services have continued to evolve and respond to the needs of the communities served throughout the pandemic. P3 has worked tirelessly supporting almost 1,000 people under the government’s ‘Everyone In’ campaign, helping them to exit the streets and access somewhere safe and secure to live.
At the Social Enterprise Futures event P3’s achievements were celebrated along with all the other organisations on the Social Enterprise Roll of Honour, by the actor, comedian and director, Chris Addison. The Roll of Honour acknowledges the people and businesses which, over the course of an extremely challenging year, have demonstrated the strength, passion and resilience which is so characteristic of the social enterprise sector. Over 400 nominations were received from those within the social enterprise sector as well as supporters of the sector.
Commenting on being named as part of the Roll of Honour P3 CEO Mark Simms said: 

“This award is a great personal and organisational honour; it recognises the amazing, collective effort of each and every person who makes up the P3 team and means our dedication, diligence and sheer hard work throughout this national crisis have not gone unnoticed. 
“Everyone at P3 has worked—and continues to work—with resilience and creativity, to ensure each person who needs our support receives it. So, for us to be shortlisted and added to Social Enterprise Futures’ Roll of Honour is amazing. 
“This is an award which is well deserved and hard earned!”
Speakers at Social Enterprise Futures included former Prime Minister Gordon Brown, who commented on the success and strength of the UK’s social enterprise movement, stating that: “There is no route to the future that does not have social enterprise at its centre”. 
Other speakers included leaders of big business such as former CEO of Unilever, Paul Polman and economist, Kate Raworth who stressed the sheer extent to which business needs to change to build a fairer and more sustainable economy.
Commenting on the event and the Roll of Honour, Peter Holbrook CBE, Chief Executive of Social Enterprise UK said: 

“The Covid-19 pandemic has revealed and exacerbated the deep inequalities within society. When the pandemic passes, we need to seriously rethink how the economy works and the role of business within it. To truly build back better we need a real step change in the uptake and adoption of social enterprise models, which show that successful businesses can put people and the planet first.
"The Roll of Honour, announced at Social Enterprise Futures, shows just how important social enterprises have been to communities’ response to the pandemic. They’ve been pivoting their business models to create new goods and services, getting food and essential supplies to the vulnerable, manufacturing PPE and also working on the frontline of the pandemic delivering vital health and social care services. It is this spirit that needs to be harnessed when we eventually head out of lockdown, so we make sure we don’t go back to business as usual.”
The event was organised by Social Enterprise UK, in partnership with social enterprise trade bodies across the home nations – Social Enterprise Northern Ireland, Social Enterprise Scotland and the Wales Co-operative Centre. 
CLICK HERE to see the full Roll of Honour.