ELITE Paper Solutions


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Elite Paper Solutions applied to the 2016 funding round of SE-Assist Wales and received an unsecured, interest free loan of £30,000 to help them scale up their fledgling social enterprise.  It was used to pay salaries, buy more recycling bins and to get accreditation to help them win and take on larger contracts.

Since receiving the loan from CAF Venturesome the social impact of Elite has been enormous and they have been able to increase turnover to be less reliant on grants than before.  In the last 18 months 34 permanent jobs have been created.  

Social Investment to improve social skills and create jobs

Elite Paper Solution is a social enterprise providing paper recycling, disposal, shredding and scanning services to organisations in Wales.  It offers people who are disabled, long term unemployed and homeless access to obtain and maintain employment.

Elite has in total employed 41 people; of these 28 have some form of work limiting health condition, including learning disabilities, autism, epilepsy, sensory impairments, recovery from strokes, mental ill-health.  The remaining 13 had been in long term unemployment, with several also having experienced homelessness. On top of getting a job, 97% of people also gained a qualification, for some it was the first one ever!

Improving Social Skills

One young man who started to work with Elite had severe autism and was selective mute.  During the first 18 months of working with Elite he went from having lunch in a separate room to joining his colleagues for lunch and speaking with his peers for the first time in 16 years.  His parents are delighted!

“Going through the application process was one of the most thorough things we had to do, yet on the very positive side of that process the reality is the loan."

Andrea Wayman, CEO

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