Johnny Mercer MP celebrates UK award for Plymouth Social Enterprise


Johnny Mercer MP celebrates UK award for Plymouth Social Enterprise

Johnny Mercer MP has welcomed the achievement of local Social Enterprise, Pluss, who has won the Disability and Health Employment Award at the prestigious UK ERSA Employability Awards 2016.

The Disability and Health Award recognises an organisation that demonstrates exceptional commitment in supporting jobseekers with disabilities and health conditions to achieve employment.

The winner, Pluss, is a social enterprise that has helped over 500 people with disabilities and health conditions into work across Plymouth.

The award was announced at a recent special ceremony in London  hosted by ITV news and attended by new Minister for Disabled People, Work and Health, Penny Mordaunt MP.

Johnny Mercer MP said: This is brilliant news for Pluss, and a real testimony to the incredible work they do across Plymouth to raise the profile of the Disability Confident campaign. The work they do with employees and employers alike makes a tangible difference to the lives of jobseekers with a disability who are able to find work, and is enabling employers to take the steps they need to employ those with disabilities.


Kirsty McHugh, Chief Executive, ERSA, said:


“Across the country there are people and organisations doing exceptional work day in and day out, to support people into work. The awards enable us to recognise this and say thank you! Thank you to all those involved in an individual’s journey into employment, from an advisor coaching someone towards work, to an employer taking on a candidate, to the jobseeker themselves, working so hard to overcome any barriers and move into work.”


The UK ERSA Employability Awards, now in their fourth year, aims to showcase and champion best practice from across the employment support sector.




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Notes to Editors

  1. The Employment Related Services Association (ERSA) is the representative body for the employment support sector.
  2. ERSA has over 220 members spanning the private, voluntary and public sectors and ranges from large multi-nationals through to small specialist charities.   The majority of its members are not for profit.
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