As part of ‘Social Saturday’, a nationwide initiative, Victoria Prentis MP was kindly invited by the Local Enterprise Partnership Business Support programme to visit Bicester Green, a local social enterprise in North Oxfordshire.

Social Saturday was held on 15 October 2016 and is an annual, UK-wide day of activity to celebrate and raise awareness of British social enterprise. Social enterprises include businesses that trade for a social or environment purpose, reinvesting their profits for the good of the local community.  There are 70,000 social enterprises in the UK, employing a million people, and together they contribute £24 billion to the economy.

Bicester Green is a social enterprise known for sustainability in the local community. It operates by repairing items that are destined for landfill, including bicycles, furniture and electrical items. Bicester Green hosts the Cycle for Bicester bike loan programme and has set up series of talks and demonstrations.

During her visit, Victoria discussed the work of Bicester Green and even tried her hand at using a power tool.

Following the visit, Victoria commented: “I was delighted to be asked to visit Bicester Green to see first-hand what they are doing. Social enterprises are a wonderful addition to our economy and help to tackle a range of local social and environmental problems. Bicester Green are certainly doing just that.  Through recycling and repairing valuable products, they are helping to regenerate the local community, reducing landfill and carbon emissions.”

For more information on how to get involved in the work of Bicester Green, please visit

vp-at-bicester-green-141016-1Victoria using a power tool at Bicester Green (photo by Jeff Willmore).