We couldn’t organise and host the 2021 Social Enterprise Awards Scotland without the generous support of our sponsors. A big thank you to them for helping to highlight and recognise the hard work of social enterprises across Scotland and the positive impact they deliver in our local communities.
BAM is one of Europe’s largest construction companies, employing 20,000 people globally, with an annual turnover of £7 billion. BAM Group was founded over 150 years ago and collaborates with clients across private and public sector partnerships in the UK and internationally to deliver exceptional engineering and construction experiences with the purpose of creating sustainable environments that enhance peoples’ lives. BAM Nuttall is focussed on civil engineering and driven by a desire to deliver outcomes for clients and their customers, in a way that modernises the industry. They use digital engineering and a net zero carbon approach, placing sustainability and great people, at the heart of their organisation and projects. In Scotland, BAM Nuttall is delivering major infrastructure improvements across the rail, road, maritime and energy sectors.
Bold is a small (and growing) creative studio with high standards and an appetite for social change. They specialise in ethical brands, charities and social enterprise. Their purpose is to provide top level design work and solid brand thinking to the third sector and in particular to advance the social enterprise movement in Scotland. They are a social enterprise themselves and know the landscape inside out. The creative team at Bold can work collaboratively with you to extract the creativity from within and help you through good design and brand strategy to develop a strong brand that will create a bond with your audience. They can give you the confidence to push the boundaries of design and marketing, to think a little bigger and achieve a lot more.
As the Scottish Government’s economic and community development agency for the Highlands and Islands, HIE wants to help build a prosperous, inclusive and sustainable economy across the region, attracting more people to live, work, study, invest and visit. At the heart of this are strong, capable and resourceful communities. HIE have successfully combined economic and community development in a largely rural economy for over 55 years, including delivering national programmes such as the Scottish Land Fund. During this time, they have pioneered community-led development and remain at the forefront of enabling a strong social enterprise sector. Their place-based approach supports communities to create growth, for example through the acquisition and development of income generating assets; or to exploit the many opportunities presented by the transition to net zero; or from our unique culture and heritage, including Gaelic. HIE’s support and approach enable communities to play a pivotal role in developing new enterprises, jobs and housing – all key to talent attraction and retention.
Keegan & Pennykid is a leading specialist third sector insurance broker, providing expert advice to social enterprises, charities and voluntary organisations throughout the UK. With access to a number of carefully selected insurers, as well as their own flagship third sector insurance policy “Encompass”, which provides cover to thousands of third sector organisations, they are able to offer the most appropriate terms and price to meet with every organisation’s specific needs. As a client, they can offer you risk management advice including advice on new and emerging insurable risks such as cyber security and are on hand to liaise with insurers on behalf of clients when they need to make a claim, providing advice and assistance throughout. Whatever your organisation’s needs, you can rely on their experienced team to provide you with advice and assistance when you need it, delivered with a personal and professional service.
The Social Enterprise Academy is a social enterprise that connects changemakers with transformational learning and development. Created in 2004, they deliver innovative leadership and entrepreneurship programmes that empower individuals, communities, and organisations in Scotland and internationally to become more sustainable and have greater impact. Through their Social Enterprise Schools programme created in partnership with The Scottish Government, they will provide every young person in Scotland the opportunity to run their own social enterprise by 2024. By stepping up to solve the issues that matter most to them, young people of all ages and abilities also develop essential skills for life, learning and work.
South of Scotland Enterprise (SOSE) is the economic and community development agency for Dumfries and Galloway and Scottish Borders. SOSE is in place to listen, be innovative, different and deliver for the South. With Fair Work and NetZero weaved throughout all its work, SOSE has three areas of focus with wellbeing at its heart – well-being of the economy, communities, and environment in the South of Scotland. Working flexibly and collaboratively, SOSE works with all sizes of businesses, SMEs, individuals, partners, and community groups to deliver on these key areas and establish the South of Scotland as a region of opportunity, innovation, and growth.
Big Issue Invest extends The Big Issue’s mission by financing the growth of sustainable social enterprises and charities across the UK. Big Issue Invest offers loans and investment from £20,000 to £3 million. Since launching in 2005, they have invested in over 400 organisations, all of which have positively influenced the lives of people across the UK. They are also bringing the mainstream to social investment with the UK Social Bond Fund, in partnership with Columbia Threadneedle, and the UK Equity Impact – Employment Opportunities Fund, in collaboration with Aberdeen Standard Investments. Big Issue Invest is also helping to pave the way for 3.4 million social housing tenants to potentially improve their credit, by partnering with Experian on The Rental Exchange. The capital raised by Big Issue Invest comes from mainly private sources and not from sales of the magazine and Big Issue Invest pays any dividends generated by investments to its parent company, The Big Issue Group. Created by social entrepreneurs, for social entrepreneurs and a steadfast champion of social enterprise.