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Unity Enterprise manager in running for leadership award

The head of a not-for-profit company dedicated to promoting entrepreneurial activity in Leeds has been shortlisted for a Northern Leadership Award.

Adrian Green, manager of Unity Enterprise, a not-for-profit subsidiary of housing association Unity Homes and Enterprise, is one of four finalists in the Public and Third Sector Leader category for the awards which “celebrate people that are role models within their organisations and raise the bar for their competitors” across the North of England.

Established in 2000, Unity Enterprise currently provides 142 affordable business units for more than 80 diverse businesses across three centres close to Leeds city centre.

Mr Green joined in 2016 after working in a range of client-facing roles with major private sector employers including Jay Tee Group, Bank of Scotland and Yorkshire Bank.

He said: “I am flattered to be shortlisted for this award.

“The honour is most definitely shared with my team and our tenants who make Unity Enterprise what it is.

“The past three years have been incredibly difficult because of Covid and the ongoing economic challenges for businesses and households.

“However, that has not stopped us putting exciting plans in place across our business centres.

“This recognition shows that influential people are taking notice of the work we are doing.”

Cedric Boston, Unity Homes and Enterprise chief executive, said: “Adrian has honed many capabilities across his career and possesses advanced business and property skills.

“Using those skills, Adrian helps people, nurtures entrepreneurial talent and empowers enterprises to grow in a thriving business environment.

“He also goes the extra mile to make positive things happen in the communities served by Unity Enterprise.

“I am delighted that his aptitude and dedication has been recognised by the judging panel.”

The ceremony to announce the winners of the Northern Leadership Awards 2023 will be held on Thursday 30 March at The Midland Hotel in Manchester.

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Unity Housing Association was formed in 1987 with the objective of building a strong, BME-led, community housing association to address the needs of black and minority ethnic communities in Leeds.  The initial focus was on Chapeltown, but this has widened to other areas of the city including Harehills, Beeston, Holbeck, Chapel Allerton and Pudsey.  Alongside two schemes in Huddersfield, a new affordable housing development has recently been completed in Cleckheaton.  With a turnover of £6.8 million and an annual investment in new and existing homes of around £6.5 million, Unity now manages over 1,350 properties for tenants from all communities and ethnic backgrounds. In 2000 the association established its not-for-profit subsidiary company, Unity Enterprise, to support local entrepreneurial activity.  It now provides 142 affordable business units for more than 80 diverse businesses across three centres in Leeds. Unity Employment Services (UES) was set-up in 2011 to support Unity tenants and their surrounding communities in accessing employment and training opportunities.  It has since supported more than 1,700 individuals into work and training.

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