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October 21, 2009

Goodwin – The Incredible Hull

Employing over 300 people and with an annual turnover of £9.2m, Goodwin Trust in Hull is one the UK’s most dynamic and successful community owned businesses.  How do they do it?  Representatives from development trusts in Glasgow and West Lothian visited the Thornton Estate in Hull last week to find out -  courtesy of LPL’s Knowledge and Skills Exchange Fund

Learning journey to Hull

Goodwin Development Trust was set up as a charitable organisation in 1994 by residents of the Thornton Estate in Hull who wanted to improve their quality of life and the services available on their estate. From this catalyst of community spirit and entrepreneurial drive has grown an organisation that truly reflects the ethos of social enterprise.

    Goodwin Development Trust now employs over 300 staff with a turnover of £9.2 million working across 38 sites aiming to deliver services that improve the quality of life for residents throughout the city and is recognised as an example of best practice by many organisations.

    Goodwin’s success stems from an entrepreneurial spirit, organisational flexibility and a business approach to attracting funding whilst at the same time working in partnership with statutory, voluntary and professional organisations to deliver quality services for the community.

 Winners of :

Enterprising Solutions Awards winner 2007  

Community-led organisation of the Year  – Regeneration & Renewal Magazine Awards 2007

Winner of the BURA Award for Community Inspired Regeneration 2006

The Octagon – Highly commended, National RICS Community Benefit Award 2006

Knowledge and Skills Exchange Fund is open to any local organisation that is a member of one of the participating networks within Local People Leading