Pioneering social enterprise Greenwich Leisure has won the Social Enterprise Coalition's 2005 Enterprising Solutions Award.
The employee-led firm manages 45 leisure facilities in six boroughs across London, employs more than 3,000 staff and has an annual turnover of £35m.
It was created in 1993, after the London Borough of Greenwich faced major budgets cuts and decided to hand over leisure services to an 'arm's-length' company.
The coalition praised Greenwich Leisure for paving the way for the 100-plus leisure trusts now operating across the UK, and called it "a shining example of how a social enterprise can run a public service".
The Young Social Enterprise Award went to Kibble, which works with at-risk young men in Scotland to provide residential care, social welfare, education and youth employment services.
- Greenwich Leisure Ltd was the overall winner of the 2005 Enterprising Solutions Awards
- It was praised as "a shining example of how a social enterprise can run a public service"
- Scottish organisation Kibble won the Young Social Enterprise Award.