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A NEWLY-launched Yorkshire organisation - which supports construction businesses to devise and deliver social responsibility programmes – is to compile the region’s first Construction Social Enterprise Register.

Construction Yorkshire, an arm of regeneration charity re’new, is now asking local businesses who fall under this banner to get in touch to be included.

Social enterprises - which include well-known examples such as The Big Issue and Jamie Oliver’s restaurant Fifteen - are businesses with “primarily social objectives whose surpluses are principally reinvested for that purpose in the business or in the community”.

Rob Wolfe, Construction Yorkshire project director, said: “Our aim is to compile an A to Z of all the social enterprises operating across Yorkshire and The Humber.

“These are organisations that bring a wide range of benefits to local communities, and the work they do is very much complimentary to the services we are offering businesses in the region.

“We get asked by major contractors in the construction industry if we can recommend a social enterprise for them to work with. Because there isn’t a comprehensive list we can’t always point them in the right direction.

“All the major players we liaise with have comprehensive corporate social responsibility policies in place, and our expertise is in helping them achieve their aims.”

Social enterprises wanting to be included in the register should contact the Construction Yorkshire team on 0113 881 4810.