A Bishop’s Castle-based social enterprise specialising in business and community services is celebrating a £6,350 funding award in recognition of their vital support role to the area.

Enterprise South West Shropshire (ESWS), which also serves people, community and voluntary organisations in the Welsh Borders area, provides drop-in community services, IT help, support and training, business support, low-cost offices and workshops and village outreach equipment hire.

ESWS has also stepped in to help when core services were threatened following funding cuts, securing the future of the artificial sports pitch and managing the library and SpArC Theatre.


The funding will allow ESWS to continue to provide a responsive, personal and approachable support service for all those in the community.

Speaking after receiving the award from Severn Trent Community Fund, manager Polly Owen said: “We are delighted to receive this valuable support from Severn Trent to enable us to focus on developing and strengthening our valuable services, while having the capacity and resources to focus on developing long-term sustainability and financial resilience”.

Jade Gough, Severn Trent Community Fund Officer, added: “The many services ESWS provides are so important to the local community, and we’re delighted to have been able to help them continue their vital offering through an award from our Community Fund.

“We look forward to seeing ESWS continue to make a real difference to the lives of those who they reach through their wonderful services.”