We are delighted to announce the launch of the Social Enterprise Awards Scotland 2017. The Social Enterprise Awards are Scotland’s annual awards programme that recognises excellence, innovation and success in social enterprise.
We will again be working with our contemporaries in Wales, Northern Ireland and England to offer opportunities to participate in a range of categories at Scotland and UK level.
This year there is a total of 6 Scotland Awards categories, with the winners in two of them – 1. Social Enterprise of the Year Scotland and 2. One to Watch Scotland – being automatically entered in the Social Enterprise UK Awards.
This year we have introduced a new category Tech for Good in recognition that many social enterprises in Scotland are utilising technology and digital innovation to design new services, reach new markets and audiences and measure impact. We have adopted this category in favour of the Inspiring Youth Enterprise category which has, in previous years, been less popular than others and has had the potential to compete with other youth-led social enterprise awards
Category 1 – UK Social Enterprise (Scotland & UK)
Category 2 – One to Watch (Scotland & UK)
Category 3 – Prove It: Social Impact (Scotland & UK)
Category 4 – ‘Buy Social’ – Market Builder (Scotland & UK)
Category 5 – Social Investment Deal (UK)
Category 6 – Health & Social Care Social Enterprise (UK)
Category 7 – Consumer Facing Social Enterprise (UK)
Category 8 – Education, Training & Jobs Social Enterprise (UK)
Category 9 – Environmental Social Enterprise (UK)
Category 10 – Tech for Good: Technology in Social Enterprise (Scotland & UK)
Category 11 – Social Enterprise Champion (Scotland)
Category 11 – Social Enterprise Women’s Champion (UK)
Organisations and individuals in Scotland are also welcome to enter the SEUK Awards directly.
Susan Aktemel of Homes For Good, winners of Social Enterprise of the Year 2016:
“It was fantastic to win Social Enterprise of the Year 2016. We’re a young social enterprise in a very consumer-led and growing industry, the private rented sector. We recognise both the responsibility we have in offering our services to our landlords and tenants and also the need to be totally responsive and customer focused. We have ambitious plans for the future, leading innovation, developing our tenancy support programme and creating new models of housing for homeless people. Raise your ambitions and enter the awards today.”
Neil McLean of Social Enterprise Academy, winners of Social Impact Award 2016:
“At the Social Enterprise Academy evaluating the impact and effectiveness of learning is extremely important to us. Building this into our strategic priorities and implementing it with the impartiality and expertise of a third party specialist has been central to making this a meaningful part of our work.
We were absolutely delighted to win this award in recognition of the way we measure what we deliver with the aim of continual improvement – for us it has enhanced the value of our approach and we would strongly encourage others to enter this year.”
Lorna Baird, Social Investment Scotland, winners of ‘Buy Social’ – Marker Builder Award 2016:
“Winning the Market Builder Award for our pioneering partnership with Asda and the first ever Social Enterprise Supplier Development Academy was incredibly important. It not only helped SIS to promote the Academy to the wider UK social enterprise sector but also helped to demonstrate that, by partnering with the corporate world, we can open up new growth opportunities for product based social enterprises.”