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Ashton chief Paul Roberts becomes a member of social enterprise hall of fame

Ashton chief executive Paul Roberts has been made a member of a social enterprise hall of fame

THE chief executive of a north Belfast-based charity has been made a member of a social enterprise hall of fame.

Ashton Community Trust chief Paul Roberts has been recognised for his work with the social enterprise sector after being awarded an honorary fellowship from Social Enterprise UK.

The fellowship is awarded to people who have played a pivotal role in championing and furthering the wider social enterprise movement.

Mr Roberts has been the chief executive of the social regeneration charity since 1994 and is one of five social enterprise pioneers being awarded the fellowship this year.

He has played a leading role in the organisation's development from a small community group to a leading not-for-profit employer in Belfast.

“It's a team effort at Ashton and together with partners I'm very proud to say we deliver quality support services that enable lasting and positive change in our communities,” he said.

Chief Executive of Social Enterprise UK Peter Holbrook, said: “We are proud to welcome this year's fellows into our social enterprise hall of fame.

“They come from across the UK and have been leading the way in growing, supporting and promoting fairer and more sustainable ways of doing business.”

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