The winners of Scotland’s annual awards for innovation and success in social enterprise were announced at an awards ceremony in The Scottish Parliament last night.
The winner of Social Enterprise of the Year 2018 is CCI Scotland, Environmental Social Enterprise was awarded to Point and Sandwick Trust and the One to Watch winner is Caledonia Cremation.
Social Enterprise Scotland issued a call for applications earlier in the year, urging Scotland’s social enterprises to demonstrate how they’re improving our economy and society.
Shona Sinclair, Chair of Social Enterprise Scotland, said:
“Congratulations to all the winners of the Social Enterprise Awards Scotland 2018. A big thanks to everyone who entered the awards this year, reflecting the diverse range of organisations that are helping build a better economy and a fairer Scotland. Alongside our new Chief Executive we look forward to the further growth and development of Scotland’s social enterprise movement.”
Social Enterprise Scotland is The Voice of Social Enterprise – uniting social enterprises and their supporters into a strong campaigning force. We’re your gateway to Scotland’s social enterprise community. We’re an independent, Scottish, membership-led organisation, built and controlled by social enterprises. We’re the first point of contact for the media and public and promote a positive vision for social enterprise.
1 The full list of winners of the Social Enterprise Awards Scotland 2018:
Environmental Social Enterprise (Category Sponsor – Highlands and Islands Enterprise)
Winner – Point and Sandwick Trust – a charitable organisation that supports the development of community projects in its villages on the Isle of Lewis, and the wider Western Isles entirely from the profit created by ownership and operation of the Beinn Ghrideag community wind farm. pointandsandwick.co.uk / @PointSandwick
Highly Commended – Remade in Edinburgh – The Edinburgh Remakery is a community repair hub and second-hand shop run by the social enterprise Remade in Edinburgh. They run workshops and teach different repair techniques and skills around sewing and textiles, IT, phones and computers, and furniture and woodwork. edinburghremakery.org.uk / @EdinRemakery
One to Watch (Category Sponsor – The Big Issue Invest with Power Up Scotland Partners (Aberdeen Standard Investments, Brodies and The University of Edinburgh)
Winner – Caledonia Cremation – Caledonia Cremation is Scotland’s first and only social enterprise funeral directors. Caledonia Cremation seeks to promote equality by providing the same simple but flexible funeral – for anyone rich or poor, anywhere in Scotland. caledoniacremation.org.uk
Social Impact (Category Sponsor – Social Value Lab)
Winner – GTS Solutions – GTS Solutions CIC is the only social enterprise operating in the Scottish private security industry. They train staff over and above the required level of Door Supervision to include qualifications such as First Aid, Safeguarding Children, SCPLH and much more. gtssolutionscic.com / @GTSSolutions
Social Enterprise Champion – under 26 (Category Sponsors – Firstport and Challenges Worldwide)
Winner – Jordan McPhail (Aspire Community Solutions)
Jordan McPhail is Managing Director and founder of Aspire Community Solutions – a social enterprise who deliver construction, landscaping and cleaning services to the public and private sector.
Highly Commended – Callum MacKinnon (bOunceT: innovative Occupational Therapy)
Callum MacKinnon set up bOunceT (formerly Forth Valley Rebound Therapy Service CIC) in 2016 at just 23 years of age and whilst still at GCU working towards an Occupational Therapist degree.
Social Enterprise Champion – over 26 (Category Sponsor – Royal Bank of Scotland)
Winner – Helen Houston (Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust)
Helen Houston is Development Manager at Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust and has worked in community development for over twenty five years. Everywhere Helen has worked she has brought about massive improvement to the communities in both the physical environment and the lives of people living in the communities.
Social Enterprise of the Year (Category Sponsor – Keegan and Pennykid)
Winner – CCI Scotland
CCI Scotland is a unique social enterprise, incorporating a charity that delivers
exceptional person centred programmes to individuals with a range of support needs and a professional construction company that delivers outstanding quality and value on a range of landscape and minor civil contracts. cciscotland.co.uk / @CCInitiatives
2 The original shortlist for the 2018 awards:
Social Enterprise of the Year
This category is for social enterprises that have been operating for more than 2 years and have demonstrated and promoted social enterprise beyond the sector.
One to Watch
This category is for social enterprises that have been operating for less than 2 years that can clearly articulate their future vision and how they are going to achieve it, showing growth in their model.
Environmental Social Enterprise
This category is open to social enterprises that have been operating for more than 2
years in the green and environmental sectors.
This category is 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.
Social Enterprise Champion – over 26
This award recognises an individual over the age of 26 working in the senior leadership team of a social enterprise who represents excellence in their field of work.
Social Enterprise Champion – under 26
In celebration of the Year of Young People 2018, this special under 26 award specifically recognises the young leaders in Scotland’s social enterprise community.
3 What is Social Enterprise? Social enterprise is a dynamic and inspiring way of doing business. Social enterprises are innovative, independent businesses that exist specifically for social and/or environmental purposes. Read more here.