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Welcome to our Social Enterprise Page

'Trading for the benefit of local people,
rather than the benefit of shareholders & owners'
Under our Social Enterprise Development Initiative we have continued to support enterprises established under the 3-year programme as well as helping to establish new ones.  These include the One Planet Shop, Woody, support for Hyndburn Used Furniture Store (HUFS), the Hyndburn Bees project and establishing a development group for the Community Benefit Wind Turbine proposal.  One of the key points has been establishing Woody as a 'Community Interest Company'. Woody has now started to to tender for, and win, woodland management contracts in Hyndburn. See the Menu on the left for more information on each of the projects.

Click HERE to download a report on our Social Enterprise Programme.

Jun 13 - One Planet to hold it's 3rd Annual General meeting at the new Prospects Environment Centre.

May 13 - Woody makes & then installs 25 bird boxes, 5 benches and 10 waymarkers from the Larch that Woody felled on the Coppice.  Hyndburn charcoal also goes on sale in the One Planet shop.  Part of Woody's sustainability agenda!

Apr 13 - Woody starts making products from felled Larch from the Coppice using their new mobile sawmill (Logosol M8)

Mar 13 - Woody to carry out tree planting and wildflower meadow at Jackhouse Nature Reserve as part of restoration works on the slipway.

 Oct 12 - Woody starts on large woodland thinning contract at the Coppice / Peel Park in Accrington

Oct 12 - One Planet holds it's second birthday party

Jun 12 - Woody carries out first charcoal burn using wood felled alongside the West Accrington Recreation Corridor in March 2011.

Loading the kiln

The kiln cooking away

Apr 12 - Windy, the new wind turbine development group is established.

Apr 12 - Woody volunteers attend and pass a LANTRA Chainsaw training course.
Mar 12 - 15 volunteers attend a 2-day beekeeping course at Heaton Park in Manchester.

Mar 12 - Woody carries out selective thinning along West Accrington Recreation Corridor.

Mar 12 - Woody carries out selective thinning at Jackhouse Nature Reserve in Oswaldtwistle.

Mar 12 - Woody (Hyndburn) is incorporated as a Community Interest Company

Oct 11 - Woody volunteers complete intensive chainsaw training week at Beacon Fell Country park

Mar 11 - Woodland enterprise undertakes selective tree thinning along the West Accrington Recreation Corridor.

Nov 10 - Official opening of the One Planet shop. Visit the link to see a film of the day.  One Planet shop official opening video

Oct 10 - The One Planet shop opens.

Oct 10 - Leah Whittaker starts as job share shop manager at One Planet.

Sep 10 - One Planet takes on a shop

Aug 10 - One Planet reaches its Community Share Issue target of £15,000.  Thank you to the 99 individuals and 11 organisations who have made this possible.

Jun 10 - One Planet Share Issue launched.

May 10 - The final four ideas are selected.

  • One Planet Shop - One Planet Shop
  • A 'Community Benefit' Wind Turbine(s)
  • A Woodland Management Enterprise Woody, and
  • A Local Food Production Enterprise

Also, the programme will continue to support an existing social enterprise, Hyndburn Used Furniture Store (HUFS).


How can you get involved? 

If you would like to be involved in a business that provides benefits to the community, want to volunteer or gain experience, give me a call.

For more information about attending events or anything about our Social Enterprise Development programme please contact Mike Stapleford at PROSPECTS on 01254 230348 Extension 205 or e-mail

The PROSPECTS Social Enterprise Development Programme was funded by the Big Lottery Fund through it's Fair Share Trust fund.  This is administered, on behalf of the Big Lottery, by the Community Foundation for Merseyside.  It was subsequently funded by Comic Relief and then Lancashire County Council through their Central Gateway Grants scheme.