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Splash Community Trust was recognised with the coveted title of Social Enterprise of the Year thanks to its work and commitment to Plas Madoc Leisure Centre.

The popular community centre, which was sentenced to closure following a council decision in 2013, was saved following a public protest and the formation of the Splash Community Trust.

Stella Matthews, Splash Community Trust, said: "When Wrexham County Borough Council voted to close this Centre in 2013 there was a public outcry, following the protest a small group formed the Splash Community Trust and re-opened the Leisure Centre in December 2014.

“The staff, volunteers and trustees worked together to redevelop the Centre into a thriving community hub and over the last 18 months we have seen our position strengthen.

“We employ 44 people and make a considerable contribution to the local economy.”

Clwyd South AM Ken Skates : "What has been achieved in such a short space of time is incredible – from facing the bulldozers to the best social enterprise in Wales in four years.

"I’m so proud to support the centre and its amazing volunteers and staff. It’s fantastic to see Plas Madoc going from strength to strength.”

The awards evening, delivered by Social Business Wales, brought together over 220 of Wales’s leading figures from the social business sector, to celebrate the positive impact that social enterprises, co-operatives, and employee-owned businesses are having across Wales.

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