Goodwin Development Trust on Sunday Times Best Not-For-Profit list
A SOCIAL enterprise set up to improve lives on a west Hull estate has been named one of the best companies to work for in Britain.
The Goodwin Development Trust was listed at number 69 in the Sunday Times Best Not-For-Profit Organisations To Work For.
Goodwin was set up as a charity in 1994 by 14 residents on the Great Thornton Street Estate, who wanted to try to tackle the social problems that plagued their community.
It has grown into a 250-strong social enterprise organisation offering 25 different services from 16 sites across the city.
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From its Icehouse Road headquarters, Goodwin runs three children's centres, a nursery, a youth project, employment and enterprise support services, healthcare providers and community wardens.
Its Sunday Times ranking is based on a survey completed by Goodwin employees about the organisation.
Goodwin chief executive Peter McGurn said: "As an organisation that is both of and for the community, this is a fantastic vindication of our belief that social motivation is an effective business driver in the creation of wealth and employment, with profit as a means to an end and not an end in itself."
The Goodwin Development Trust generates more than 80 per cent of its revenue from commercial activities, such as renting out properties including the Octagon and Hooper buildings, running its café and catering services and contracts with public sector bodies including the NHS and Hull City Council.
Last year, Goodwin opened the £330,000 Octagon Family Centre, in Walker Street, offering an array of services, from children's play sessions to sexual health advice.
Mr McGurn said: "We've suffered the same economic difficulties as any other organisation has over the past four years and, despite that, we've still managed to provide a working environment our employees feel is worthy of commendation – through their replies to the Sunday Times survey."
In the survey, the Goodwin Development Trust gained one star for "first class" and was just ten points away from two stars, meaning "outstanding".