City gets social for celebration

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The city is preparing to embrace a celebration of businesses that put people and the planet first.

Social enterprise, Seagulls Re-use Limited, is holding shabby chic workshops tomorrow to highlight the reuse of paint and the benefits of reuse for householders across Leeds.

The workshops are part of Social Saturday, a nationwide day of events and activities led by Social Enterprise UK and the Cabinet Office, to celebrate social enterprise, social investment and social savings in the UK.

Based in Aire Place Mills, Kirkstall Road, Seagulls collects unwanted paint and reprocesses it to make full tins for sale.

Seagulls aims to boost awareness of recycling and reuse and provide opportunities to the local community. Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council deputy leader and executive member for environment and sustainability, who will join the Seagulls event, said: “This year they have already managed to reuse 170 tonnes of unwanted paint that would have gone to landfill.”

There are around 70,000 social enterprises - businesses that trade to meet a social or environmental mission - in the UK.

Homelessness charity Emmaus Leeds, which runs two stalls at Kirkgate Market, is holding a £1 clothes sale at its main social enterprise on St Mary’s Street as part of Social Saturday.

The Emmaus Leeds social enterprise provides work to 26 formerly homeless people and all of the money raised helps to sustain the charity.

Peter Holbrook, chief executive officer of Social Enterprise UK, said: “Social enterprises across Britain are giving local communities a real boost, using the power of business as a force for good.”