2015 Awards Categories

Awards Categories and Criteria

 

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UK Social Enterprise of the Year

A social enterprise that has been operating for more than 2 years that can evidence the criteria below but that has also demonstrated and promoted social enterprise beyond the sector.

Criteria:

  • Excellent vision and strategic direction
  • Clear leadership and management of the organisation
  • A high degree of customer satisfaction
  • A clearly evidenced social, environmental and community impact
  • Show sustainability in terms of profit and growth
  • Good brand awareness and communication outputs
  • Evidence of creativity and innovation

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One to Watch Award

A social enterprise that has been operating less than 2 years that can clearly demonstrate the criteria but also articulate their future vision and how they are going to achieve it showing growth in their model. 

Criteria:

  • A clear vision for the social enterprise
  • A creative approach to problem-solving
  • Excellence in impact, design or growth since inception
  • Potential for future success, in the judges’ view

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Social Impact Award

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.

Criteria:

  • Clear articulation of theory of change and impact, proving the organisations mission and objectives
  • Transparency in the process of findings (including stakeholder engagement)
  • Includes good quantitative and qualitative evidence
  • Demonstrates its impact on a specified community, be it geographic or community of interest
  • Has communicated its impact in accessible and creative ways
  • Includes how it will utilise evaluation to improve its work

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‘Buy Social’ - Market Builder Award

Any 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. This could be a local authority implementing a council-wide Social Value Act strategy, a company changing its procurement processes, or a social enterprise seeking to support the movement through buying social.

Criteria:

  • Able to articulate the steps taken to improve the buying environment for social enterprises
  • Explain their key aims and objectives in trying to ‘buy social’ in their work
  • Explain the technical and cultural challenges that had to be overcome and how they did that.
  • Articulate any progress on spend / impact to date

NB: Only organisations which are supporting social enterprises over and above their core purpose will be eligible

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Investment Deal of the Year

This is the award to enter if you 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 will be recognised 

Criteria:

  • Explain the deal from both investor and investee perspective
  • Pioneering in model, scale, type, participants or other aspect.
  • Additional support by the investor in the deal other than the funding
  • Articulate the existing / potential impact for the community, social enterprise or sector
  • Describe and explain the risk element of the deal

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Health and Social Care Social Enterprise

This is open to social enterprises that have been operating for more than 2 years in the health and social care sectors that can demonstrate excellence in the following criteria.

Criteria:

  • Excellent vision and strategic direction
  • Clear leadership and management of the organisation
  • A high degree of customer satisfaction
  • A clear evidenced social, environmental and community impact
  • Show sustainability in terms of profit and growth
  • Good brand awareness and communication outputs

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Consumer Facing Social Enterprise

A social enterprise that produces or delivers a retail product or service, whose brand consumers in its market would know by name.

Criteria:

  • Be able to clearly explain what the brand is, what its stands for and its social mission
  • Be able to demonstrate brand recognition in its market place and be able to demonstrate this through research, results, achievements and recognition.
  • Be recognisable as a brand either at a national level, or with plans and ambitions to achieve this.
  • Have achieved a particular status or point in its market where it is competing successfully
  • Demonstrating growth in the last 12 months in sales, customers, brand awareness or other relevant metrics

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Education, Training & Jobs Social Enterprise of the Year

This is open to social enterprises that have been operating for more than 2 years in the education, training or employment sectors that can demonstrate excellence in the following criteria.

Criteria:

  • Excellent vision and strategic direction
  • Clear leadership and management of the organisation
  • A high degree of customer satisfaction
  • A clear evidenced social, environmental and community impact
  • Show sustainability in terms of profit and growth
  • Good brand awareness and communication outputs

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Environmental Social Enterprise of the Year

This is open to social enterprises that have been operating for more than 2 years in the green and environmental sectors that can demonstrate excellence in the following criteria.

Criteria:

  • Excellent vision and strategic direction
  • Clear leadership and management of the organisation
  • A high degree of customer satisfaction
  • A clear evidenced environmental impact
  • Show sustainability in terms of profit and growth
  • Good brand awareness and communication outputs

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Inspiring Youth Enterprise Award

This award celebrates an exciting youth-led social enterprise or socially enterprising project whose establishment or development has been supported by a school, university, funding body or other organisation. Both the enterprise and supporting organisation will be recognised as part of this award.

Criteria:

The enterprise or project should show:

  • An clear understanding of business principles
  • A clear social mission
  • Must led by young people (aged 8 – 24) who are involved in key decision making

The supporting organisation must show:

  • A clear commitment to educating young people about social enterprise
  • A commitment to social aims in its wider work

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Women in Social Enterprise Award

This award will recognise a woman working in the senior leadership team of a social enterprise who:

  • Represents excellence in her field of work
  • Inspires and empowers other women to achieve
  • Demonstrates a commitment to diversity
  • Exhibits enterprising spirit and drive
  • Provides impactful vision within an organisation and/or the wider social enterprise sector.
  • Displayed moral courage and vision in making and delivering tough choices.

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International Impact

This is open to social enterprises that have been operating for more than 2 years working internationally, and are having a big impact in their field. This award is open to UK-based organisations only with existing international operations.

Criteria:

  • Excellent vision and strategic direction
  • Clear leadership and management of the organisation
  • A clear evidenced social and/or environmental impact
  • Show sustainability in terms of profit and growth
  • Good brand awareness and communication outputs
  • Operating internationally (including direct sales, franchising or subsidiaries)

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