|Acton's Market Wins Top Prize|
Action Acton recognised by Prime Minister for regenerating high street
Six years ago, Action Acton set up a street market to bring community life back into Acton town centre and encourage business start-ups by local people.
The market, selling hand crafts, organic produce, baked goods, cooked foods, and clothes is run as a social enterprise, illustrating the entrepreneurial streak that charities and social enterprises have adopted to help local communities.
It's now been recognised by the Prime Minister, David Cameron, and been named as the latest Big Society Award winner.
Mr Cameron said: '' High Streets are the heart of a community, they give people a place to come together, provide essential services and create local jobs and investment. This government has been working hard to revitalise our high streets but Action Acton has already identified the needs of their local community and created a vibrant market that has not only become a vital community hub, it has also created employment and training opportunities.''
The market provides up to 30 self-employment opportunities a day and costs traders £15 a day, an affordable entry into market trading for people of all ages and backgrounds. Action Acton provide and set up market stalls 3 days a week.
Julie from Juma Jewellery started her business through Action Acton she said:
''I have been with the Market from the start and have built up a successful business. I love the community atmosphere, dealing with the public and working with the other traders and Action Acton staff. I recommend it to anyone who wants to try out their business idea—as long as they’ve got the passion and determination to succeed.''
Dr John Blackmore CEO of Action Acton said:
''Action Acton focusses on providing opportunities for disadvantaged people through the 3 E’s – Education, Employment and Enterprise.
“Acton Market is one of our social enterprise projects but we also deliver many public contracts for unemployed residents, NEET young people, refugees and adult and young offenders. We have seen many changes over the last seven years and life is certainly challenging at present. We are pleased that the Big Society Award recognises the dedicated efforts and commitment of our staff, Board members and many local volunteers over the years.
“Action Acton has created 30 jobs in our own organisation and expanded from one to six premises over the past 7 years across West London.''
January 30, 2013