2014 Winners and shortlist

There were a record number of entries to the 16th annual Social Enterprise Awards with strong contenders in all categories. 

The Awards, hosted by Social Enterprise UK (SEUK)  recognised the achievements of social enterprises and supporters in 11 categories, including Social Enterprise of the Year, Women’s Champion and Inspiring Youth Enterprise.

Host, comedian and television presenter, Sue Perkins entertained guests and presented the winners with bespoke trophies made by social enterprises Impact Arts and Cre8. As part of ‘Buy Social’ – SEUK’s campaign to get more businesses and consumers to buy from social enterprises – the Awards featured a number of social enterprises in its supply chain, including bottled water brand Belu, caterers Brigade Bar & Bistro, beer maker Two Fingers Brewing, and photographers Mediorite, among others.

The winners were announced at a sold out ceremony in London on 26th November 2014.

The awards were judged by leaders across the sector including Melanie Mills, Chief Executive, Social Enterprise West Midlands, Andrew Croft, Chief Executive of CAN and Edwin Browin-Mensa, Founder of the social enterprise GiveMeTap. 

We were excited to welcome back for a second year The Independent on Sunday as our media sponsor.

Social Enterprise of the Year

Sponsored by RBS

RBS inspiring enterprise

A social enterprise that not only operates as a successful business with a social impact but that has also demonstrated and promoted social enterprise beyond the sector.

Winner - Divine Chocolate

Divine is the only Fairtrade chocolate company part-owned by its cocoa farmers, who get a slice of the profits to invest in their communities. In a fiercely competitive retail market, Divine has managed to build and maintain a multi-million pound turnover business. It is transforming the chocolate industry, setting Fairtrade standards for other leading chocolate brands to follow.



Anglian Community Enterprise (ACE) CIC

Belu Water

Betel UK


Greenstream Flooring CIC

Key Fund


Unity Trust Bank 

Wasps Studios


One to Watch Award

Sponsored by the British Council


A social enterprise that has been operating less than two years with the potential for great social impact which can be articulated in their future vision.

Winner - Monwel Ltd

Monwel produces signs and provides real employment to people with disabilities and those furthest from the work force. It currently employs 32 full-time people from the local community in the Valleys, 96% of whom manage some form of disability.



Community Shop (Highly Commended)

Compass Wellbeing CIC

Emmaus Textiles

Harry Specters

Lochbroom Woodfuels (Highly Commended)

The Community Maintenance Team (Watford) CIC

Two Fingers Brewing Co 

Vineyard Compassion


Social Impact Award

Sponsored by PWC

PWC logo

Designed for any social enterprise that can truly demonstrate and communicate their impact with their stakeholders.

Winner - Furnishing Lives (FRC Group)

FRC Group started out by redistributing unwanted, good quality furniture to those in need. It is now a leading UK enterprise, running commercial businesses that give people in poverty and unemployment the opportunity to change their lives. It has been recognised for driving forward good practice in the sector, with what is believed to be the first truly integrated financial and social value report.



City Health Care Partnership CIC

Cunninghame Housing Association 

Enabling Enterprise

First Ark Group (Highly Commended)

Furniture Resource Centre



‘Buy Social’ - Market Builder Award

Sponsored by Exterion

Exterion logo

These social enterprises, public sector bodies and private sector organisations have demonstrably made efforts within its own organisation and remit to create more opportunities to buy from social enterprises.

Winner - City of London Corporation (COL)

The City of London Corporation (CoL) has contributed significantly to building the market for buying social both through influencing the City’s business community and through changing its own procurement practices. It has spent over £800,000 with social enterprises in the last financial year – more than three times the total of just two years ago.



Business in the Community - arc programme (Highly Commended)

City of Edinburgh Council 

Interhelp Limited t/a advant-age

Salford Health and Wellbeing Board

Telereal Trillium 


Investment Deal of the Year

Sponsored by The Co-operative Bank

These organisations have 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. Both the investee and investor are being recognised. 

Winner - Ethex (investor) & PEC Renewables (investee)

In just 7 weeks, Ethex and PEC Renewables rallied investors and local authorities to raise £600,000 in social investment, funding solar panel installations to tackle fuel poverty in the local area. Supported by Plymouth County Council, the deal demonstrates how a national platform, a community-owned organization and local authority can work together to help harness a movement of socially-motivated investors to create real change on the ground.





Emmaus UK

Midlands Together CIC

Medway Community Healthcare (MCH)

Resonance Ltd 


Health and Social Care Social Enterprise

Sponsored by BWB

These social enterprises in the health and social care sectors show excellence in their vision & strategy to deliver healthcare services with greater social impact.

Winner - Social adVentures Trading for Change

Social adVentures are a Salford-based wellbeing is a social enterprise helping people to lead healthier and happier lives. Through delivering public health and social care contracts and developing a number of subsidiary businesses, its turnover has grown by 300% in recent years, helping it support more than 3000 of the local community’s most vulnerable people.



Bromley Healthcare


City Health Care Partnership CIC

Medway Community Healthcare (MCH)

Turning Point

Unlimited Potential 


Consumer Facing Social Enterprise

Sponsored by Johnson & Johnson

These social enterprises produce or deliver a retail product or service and have strong brand recognition in the market place.

Winner - Belu

Belu is the UK’s most ethical bottled water and donates 100% of its profits to WaterAid.

In the past year, Belu’s sales have soared and they have beaten their fundraising target for charity partner Wateraid, helping provide access to clean, safe water to roughly 40,000 people in developing countries.  



Alive and Kicking

Belu Water Ltd

Divine Chocolate

The House of St Barnabas

Two Fingers Brewing Co 


Education, Training & Jobs Social Enterprise of the Year

Sponsored by Wates Group

Wates group logo

These social enterprises have a strong social, environmental and community impact in the education, training or employment sectors.

Winner - PM Training

PM Training is a social enterprise that provides new work opportunities to 16-18 year olds through range of training and support services. It is currently the largest provider of apprenticeships for 16-18 year olds in the country, with 75% of those who complete training securing jobs afterwards.



Aspire Oxfordshire Community Enterprise

On Purpose Careers Ltd

Realise Futures CIC

The University of Northampton 


Environmental Social Enterprise of the Year

Sponsored by SITA


These social enterprises are pioneering in their environmental impact.

Winner - Kilsyth Community Market Garden t/a Kelvin Valley Honey 

Kelvin Valley Honey (KVH) aims to reverse the decline in Scotland’s honey bee population while improving the lives of people who may be isolated in their communities. Its work has helped increase Scotland’s honey bee population by almost 30 million, as well as provide 100 marginalised people with an income, training and employment.



Bulky Bob's Ltd

Belu Water Ltd

Changing Lives in Cheshire  

Futures Greenscape Ltd


Inspiring Youth Enterprise Award

Sponsored by Real Ideas Organisation

This award celebrates organisations which inspire and support young people to develop their own social enterprise projects and businesses.

Winner - Firstport & IceCream Architecture CIC

Firstport supports start-up social entrepreneurs in Scotland. Icecream Architecture CIC is a team of community-led facilitators, environmental artists, designers and illustrators who aim to boost regeneration, enterprise, youth engagement and civic pride. Together, the two organisations have created Beyond the Finish Line, a unique campaign getting young people in Glasgow to regenerate local high streets using social enterprise.




Changing Rooms, Changing Lives 

Hub Islington

New Meaning

Xing Education

Young Advisors Charity (Highly Commended)


Social Enterprise Women’s Champion

Sponsored by Santander


This award recognises women working in the senior leadership team of a social enterprise who not only represent excellence in their field of work but also inspire and empower other women to achieve.

Winner - June O'Sullivan MBE, London Early Years Foundation (LEYF)

Under June O’Sullivan’s leadership, London Early Years Foundation has become the UK’s largest social sector childcare provider, operating 26 nurseries and providing high quality childcare to 3,000 children. It supports disadvantaged families that struggle to afford the often high costs associated with childcare; 46% of the children who attend do so through free or subsidised places. June is a leader in her field: influencing government Early Years policy, cited by UNICEF as an international exemplar, and driving campaigns for change in early years provision.



Theresa Burton, Buzzbnk

Andrea Coleman, Riders for Health

Dr Jane Davis MBE, The Reader Organisation

Margaret Elliott OBE, Sunderland Home Care Associates (Highly Commended)

Alison Hill of Caia Park Partnership / Wrexham Community Enterprises

Becky John, Whomadeyourpants

Karen Mattison MBE and Emma Stewart MBE, Timewise

Safia Minney MBE, People Tree

Maeve Monaghan, NOW

Servane Mouazan, Ogunte CIC

Gina Rowlands, Bevan Healthcare CIC

Click here to see pictures of all the winners and of the evening