GLL CEO wins social enterprise category at Entrepreneur of the Year Awards


Mark Sesnan, CEO of award-winning social enterprise GLL, has won the top award in the social enterprise category for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2012.

The accolade was awarded to Mark for being one of the team that founded GLL, and received at a special awards dinner which took place on 8th October 2012 at London’s Hilton Park Lane Hotel.  

GLL is the pioneering worker-owned, charitable social enterpirse that first took over the operation of Greenwich Council's leisure centres in 1993 as an innovative 'spin out'. In its first year of operation GLL had a turnover of £5m, with 150 employees operating in one London borough. By 2010, turnover was around £80m and GLL now operates more than 100 public leisure centres across the South of England and York.

Mark Sesnan said: "I am delighted to receive this award in this very special year for GLL. As a manager, you have to free people to be innovative and creative and by developing staff and growing the business, we can provide more career opportunities for our people and deliver added value services to the community. Staff are in control of making that happen. They have ownership and empowerment.

"Success is all about individual motivation. Our enterprising employees are behind GLL's innovative sports programming leading to this year's contract win to run two permanent Olympic venues – the Aquatics Centre and the Multi-Use Arena - enabling us to further boost employment as well as offering affordable and accessible training and sporting opportunities for all".

GLL also operates all public leisure centres in five Olympic Host boroughs and is a key player in the delivery of the Olympic legacy in London, operating the Copper Box (Multi-use Arena), and Aquatics Centre in legacy mode. The GLL 'model' has been replicated in more than 120 local authorities throughout the United Kingdom.

With the aim of providing local jobs as well as delivering good local services, GLL recruits 69% of staff from within a three mile postcode and works with local colleges and schools on training schemes to get youngsters into work.

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