Bedford Doctors On Call (BEDOC) has achieved certification for its work in improving society and protecting the environment.
The BEDOC team were presented with the Social Enterprise Mark when Richard Fuller, MP, visited their centre based at Bedford General Hospital.
Debbie Martin, CEO at BEDOC said: “We are thrilled to have been presented with this award, it reflects an organisation who have always strived to meet the needs of their patients. Our passion at BEDOC is being in business to use profits to enhance or improve our services. That’s why receiving the Social Enterprise Mark is a great honour for BEDOC. It is an independent guarantee of why we’re in
business, how we use our profits and a testament for our future direction”.
BEDOC is a social enterprise providing out of hours GP services. The business also supports the notion of local nurses and GP’s providing local care to their community.
The Government defines social enterprises as “businesses with primarily social objectives whose surpluses are principally reinvested for that purpose in the business or in the community, rather than being driven by the need to maximise profit for shareholders and owners.”
Richard Fuller, MP presented the BEDOC team with the Mark when he visited the BEDOC Centre on August 3.
He was a keen supporter of the Social Value Act (2012) and said: “If one is running a social enterprise, being rich is not even on the map. People do it because there is something inside them. It may be creativity, drive and the sense of trying to create something for themselves, their family and their community. It is a noble endeavour, and it is an important endeavour to promote.”
Anne Mountjoy, communications manager from the Social Enterprise Mark Co. said:
“As the only certification for genuine social enterprises, the mark guarantees businesses which meet defined criteria, proving they trade for people and planet. The mark helps those businesses promote their business ethics and values. We are delighted to welcome BEDOC to receive this award and have no doubt they will inspire others to follow this great example of social enterprise.”