Social Enterprise Scotland is encouraging all social enterprises of all types from across urban and rural Scotland to enter its annual awards for innovation and success in social enterprise. The organisation is calling on all social enterprises to step up and demonstrate how they are improving Scotland’s economy and society. The deadline for award applications is Friday 10 July. The award ceremony will take place at the Scottish Parliament on November 3, 2015.
Noelia Martínez Castellanos
Each year Social Enterprise Scotland organises the annual Social Enterprise Awards Scotland. The awards are a unique opportunity for all social enterprises across our communities to stand up and be counted and to celebrate their achievements.
Fraser Kelly, Chief Executive, Social Enterprise Scotland, said: “We want all businesses to be social enterprises. Social enterprise is a more sustainable and progressive way to do business. The Social Enterprise Awards Scotland 2015 is a prime opportunity for social enterprises of all types to step up and be counted and show us how they’re changing Scotland. We urge all social enterprises to apply.”
Social enterprises like The Big Issue, Social Bite, The Wise Group and Kibble, profit society. Our business community includes enterprising charities, co-operatives, housing associations, credit unions, Community Interest Companies (CICs) and many others. They work in food and drink, health and social care, homelessness, regeneration, sport, technology, media, arts and much more.
The awards help raise the profile of social enterprise organisations and market individual winners, they recognise successes and business innovation, give a boost to those who may feel undervalued and give a sense of solidarity for our broad community. They are a reminder that we’re building our community together – and that we’re making progress.
Audrey Carlin of Wasps Studios, winners of Social Enterprise of the Year 2014, says: “It was fantastic for Wasps to win Social Enterprise of the Year last time. The recognition the award has given Wasps on a national level has been incredible and has opened new doors for us. We’d urge all eligible organisations to put themselves forward for the awards this year.”
Social Enterprise Scotland encourage every Scottish social enterprise to enter the 2015 awards – particularly those who have not entered before, those who do not perhaps identify as a social enterprise, are taking tentative steps away from a traditional charity model or are not even aware that they are a social enterprise.
Craig Sanderson of social housing provider, Link Group, is a previous winner too: “Since Link was formed in 1962 it has, in effect, been a social enterprise – having delivered not only its core activity of providing homes but also supporting people and regenerating and reinvesting in communities. We’ve been honoured many times but are particularly proud of these awards as they recognise our social impact plus our entrepreneurial approach. We very much identify as a social enterprise.”
You also do not have to be a social enterprise to enter some of the awards. There are categories for supporters and market builders too. There are awards for inventive start ups, the best social investment deal, young people, health and social care and consumer-facing social enterprises.
For further information about the awards or the requirements visit the following link.
You can follow the awards in Twitter and using the hashtag #SEawards2015.