Fitness expert wins top prize

Darren Padgett
Darren Padgett
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A Barnsley man who is on a mission to encourage more people to get fit has been named Social Entrepreneur of the Year by Social Enterprise Yorkshire and Humber.

Former PE teacher Darren Padgett’s business, Team Activ, works with businesses, schools and communities and runs corporate and open access events such as rounders leagues and tournaments.

Team Activ also works with every secondary school in Barnsley and more than half of all primary schools to deliver extra-curricular sport.

Judges described Team Activ as “a life-changing organisation.”

Mr Padgett said: “It is fantastic to receive an award judged by your peers, but at the same time a lot to live up to.

“I just wish there was room to put on the names of all of Team Activ, as without their efforts this year I would have achieved nothing. As a social enterprise, we are a not-for-profit organisation which reinvests any profits back into making a difference in the community.”

Alex Sobel, general manager of Social Enterprise Yorkshire and Humber, said: “The quality and strength of applicants was amazing, the winners are doing truly exceptional work employing local people, driving enterprise and changing lives with truly inspirational work.”

Social Enterprise Yorkshire and Humber represents, promotes and connects social enterprises in the region.

Taylor&Emmet has become the latest Sheffield law firm to gain the Law Society’s internationally acclaimed Lexcel quality mark.

The quality mark is granted to firms that demonstrate first class standards of practice management and customer care, following a comprehensive, independent assessment.

Taylor&Emmet’s chief executive Anthony Long, said: “The process was a genuinely constructive experience that is already having a positive impact on the way we do business.

“This recognised quality mark gives us a competitive edge and will enhance our relationships with both customers and stakeholders.”