Paperworks secures £20,000 grant for growth

6 November 2013

A social enterprise that provides business support services to fund skills training for people with disabilities in North and West Yorkshire has been awarded a £20,000 grant to support growth.

The funding from Santander’s Social Enterprise Development Awards will be used to buy new equipment for Paperworks’ two workshops in Leeds and Harrogate. It will also be used for website development to allow orders to be processed online.

Paperworks has been operating in Harrogate for 18 years and opened a second site in Leeds last year after identifying a need in the city for its tailored work preparation training programmes.

Its print finishing, fulfilment and mailing services for, businesses across the UK ,provides training and work experience placements for adults with learning and physical disabilities, sensory impairment or mental health related support needs.

Damien Handslip, Manager, Paperworks
Damien Handslip, Manager, Paperworks

At Santander we are committed to supporting communities and the Social Enterprise Development Awards were set up to help enterprises in the North of England looking to grow. With a robust business plan and a talented leadership team Paperworks is on the path to great future growth and we’re pleased to be able to help them realise their goals.


Damien Handslip, Manager, Paperworks, said:

We’re delighted to receive the award from Santander. By purchasing new equipment we’ll improve the efficiency of our operations and processes which in turn will allow us to increase the number of trainees we can support.

Santander’s 2013 Social Enterprise Development Awards saw a further fourteen awards given to social enterprises in the North of England.

The Awards are part of Santander’s commitment to supporting small businesses in the UK. Alongside the prize money, winning social enterprises receive access to support from Santander including mentoring programmes, funding for internships and bespoke training courses.

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