Application Deadline:
Friday 6th July 2018

Winners Announced & Awards Presentation:
Tuesday 6th November 2018


There are seven categories in this year’s Scotland awards. Click on the “Show criteria” button under each award to find category-specific criteria.

This year we are excited to introduce:

Our 2018 special theme award: Environmental Social Enterprise. This year we have chosen to shine a spotlight on the important work being done by Scotland’s social enterprises to help our natural environment. Are you delivering recycling services, renewables or energy saving projects? Perhaps you’re involved in educating young people about the environment or connecting people with nature?

A second Social Enterprise Champion award that specifically recognises the young leaders in Scotland’s social enterprise community. In celebration of the Year of Young People 2018 we want to showcase the brilliant work being done by people under 26 who are using social enterprise to make Scotland a better place to live.

And this year, for the first time, the Social Enterprise Champion awards will be decided by you – the members and supporters of Social Enterprise Scotland! The people’s choice vote will be open once applications have been shortlisted – stay tuned for more details!


Category 1 – Social Enterprise of the Year Scotland

A social enterprise that has been operating for more than 2 years that can evidence the criteria below but that has also demonstrated and promoted social enterprise beyond the sector.


Category 2 – One to Watch Award

A social enterprise that has been operating less than 2 years that can clearly demonstrate the criteria but also articulate their future vision and how they are going to achieve it showing growth in their model.


Category 3 – Social Impact Award

Designed for any social enterprise that can truly demonstrate and communicate their impact with their stakeholders. This award is not comparing the scale of different enterprises’ impact, but their measurement and reporting process.


Category 4 – ‘Buy Social’ –  Market Builder Award

Any social enterprise, public sector body or private sector organisation that has made efforts within its own organisation and remit to create more opportunities to buy from social enterprises. This could be a local authority implementing a council-wide Social Value Act strategy, a company changing its procurement processes, or a social enterprise seeking to support the movement through buying social.


Category 5 – Environmental Social Enterprise

This is open to social enterprises that have been operating for more than 2 years in the green and environmental sectors that can demonstrate excellence in the following criteria.


Category 6 – Social Enterprise Champion – under 26

This award will recognise an individual under the age of 26 working in the senior leadership team of a social enterprise.


Category 7 – Social Enterprise Champion – over 26

This award will recognise an individual over the age of 26 working in the senior leadership team of a social enterprise.


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