The founder of a social enterprise in Chirk has been celebrated as a ‘Community Champion’.

Brian Colley, a founder of the Glyn Wylfa social enterprise in Chirk, attended a reception at Number 10 Downing Street celebrating the work of Community Champions, as nominated by Clwyd South MP Simon Baynes.

The event last week aimed to recognise the contribution of Community Champions who make our communities a better place to live and work.

MPs from across the UK invited representatives from local charities, businesses, veterans, or volunteers who have made a real difference in their communities.

Mr Colley and Mr Baynes met Prime Minister Rishi Sunak at the event, who was full of praise for the work of Mr Colley and colleagues in founding the Glyn Wylfa social enterprise in Chirk, which has transformed a redundant building into a social and tourist hub.

The enterprise includes Caffi Wylfa, which has a seating capacity of 120, office accommodation for 11 local businesses and the local police station.

It has generated almost 50 jobs locally and has become a very important local tourist destination.


Mr Colley said: “It was an honour and privilege to be invited to the reception at Downing Street, which celebrated the contribution made by Community Social Enterprises and their Champions.

“Glyn Wylfa, as an award-winning Social Enterprise, celebrates its tenth year of trading in March and I am proud of its achievements ‘for the benefit of the local community’. I am passionate about the benefits of Social Enterprise for all communities.”

Mr Baynes said: “Brian Colley is a true Community Champion who has made a significant contribution to the local economy and tourism in Clwyd South. His work, and that of his colleagues, with the Glyn Wylfa social enterprise is very valuable to our local area, and their dedication and commitment to our community is truly inspiring.

“I am proud to have had Brian join me at Number 10 to celebrate his achievements, and it is right that the Prime Minister was full of praise for the community work of Brian and his colleagues at Glyn Wylfa.”