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The UK Social Enterprise Awards 2018

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Application Deadline- July 6th, 2018

Applications are now open for the 2018 UK Social Enterprise Awards. The Awards recognise organisations for their business excellence and contribution to society, as well as the achievements of people working at the heart of the sector. All social enterprises can apply, and there are specific categories that investors, corporates, public sector bodies and charities may also apply for.

Winners will be announced at an Awards ceremony and gala dinner in a central London venue on Wednesday 28 November. There are fourteen categories in total and this year we’ve added a new one, the ‘Employee Engagement’ Award.

2018 Awards categories

Category 1 – UK Social Enterprise of the Year

The overall award, for a social enterprise that has a clear vision, excellence in impact, and that has also demonstrated and promoted social enterprise beyond the sector.

Category 2 – One to Watch

For a social enterprise that can clearly articulate their future vision and how they are going to achieve it.

Category 3 – Prove It: Social Impact

For a social enterprise that can truly demonstrate and communicate their impact with their stakeholders.

Category 4 – ‘Buy Social’ – Market Builder

For a social enterprise, public sector body or private sector organisation that has demonstrably made efforts within its own organisation and remit to create more opportunities to buy from social enterprises.

Category 5 – Social Investment Deal of the Year

For an organisation that has been part of a great investment deal in the last 12 months that has helped the social enterprise to grow or the movement as a whole to develop and flourish.

Category 6 – Health & Social Care Social Enterprise

For a social enterprise in the health and social care sector with excellent vision and strategic direction, clear leadership and clear evidenced social, environmental and community impact.

Category 7 – Consumer Facing Social Enterprise

For a social enterprise that produced or delivers a retail product or service to the general public. The winner of this category will be selected via a readers’ choice vote in our media partner publication The Big Issue.

Category 8 – Education, Training & Jobs Social Enterprise

For a social enterprise in the education, training or employment sectors that can demonstrate excellence in vision and strategic direction, and clearly evidence their social, environmental and community impact.

Category 9 – Environmental Social Enterprise

For a social enterprise in the green and environmental sector with a clear evidenced environmental impact.

Category 10 – Tech for Good: Technology Social Enterprise

For a social enterprise that uses technology to achieve social impact.

Category 11 – Women in Social Enterprise

For a woman working in the senior leadership team of a social enterprise who represents excellence in her field of work.

Category 12 – International Impact

For a social enterprise working internationally, and are having a big impact in their field.

Category 13 – Transformative Community Business

For a locally rooted social enterprise that trades for the benefit of their community.

Category 14 – Employee Engagement

For a social enterprise that is genuinely engaging employees in all aspects of the business.

Eligibility and Criteria

This section sets out eligibility and criteria for each of the awards and some broad criteria to consider when

making your application. This checklist is required for social enterprises entering Categories 1-10, 12, 13 and 14. This information is not required for other types of organisations entering Categories 4, 5 or 11. If you are entering categories 1-10, 12,13 and 14 (not including categories 4, 5 or 11), your organisation must be a UK based business that defines itself as a social enterprise using the following criteria:

  1. The business has a clear social or environmental mission that is set out in its governing documents.
  2. An independent business and earns more than half of its income through trading.
  3. Controlled or owned in the interests of the social mission.
  4. Reinvest or give a way at least half your profits or surpluses towards your social purpose.
  5. Are transparent about how you operate and the impact that you have.

How to apply

Complete the online application form, along with any supporting documentation (maximum 2 pieces) by 11:59pm on

July 6th 2018.

Shortlisted organisations will need to provide their most recent set of management accounts (including a profit/loss account and balance sheet) and governing documents.

The accounts and governing documents are required to confirm that your enterprise meets the initial eligibility requirements.

Apply here for the UK Social Enterprise Awards 2018


For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the UK Social Enterprise Awards 2018

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