Announcing our UK Social Enterprise Awards 2023 winners

Last night we celebrated the winners of our UK Social Enterprise Awards at the iconic Roundhouse in London.

The Roundhouse has witnessed music history and on 30 November 2023 that same stage was graced by the brightest lights in the social enterprise sector.

Across 15 categories, the Awards shone a spotlight on the  innovation and impact of the UK’s diverse social enterprise community, as well as those organisations that support social enterprises develop and grow.

The winner of the overall UK Social Enterprise of the Year award was the Isle of Skye Ferry CIC – a social enterprise that owns and operates the last manually operated turntable ferry in existence, running from Glenelg on the Scottish mainland to the Isle of Skye. It connects rural communities, provides training opportunities and creates living wage jobs,  as well as helping to grow the surrounding economy by sourcing goods and services from local businesses.

From employing people who are homeless  to nurturing artisan makers and supporting carers to running community laundrettes, all our award winners really showcased the dynamism inherent within the social enterprise movement.

View the full list of winners here

The Awards ceremony was hosted by comedian, author and TV star Shaparak Khorsandi. Guests also enjoyed performances from a host of social enterprises that use music to empower young people and marginalised communities.

L-R Jo Crawford, Isle of Skye Ferry CIC and Garry Dalton, Keegan & Pennykid

Jo Crawford from the Isle of Skye Ferry CIC and Garry Dalton from Keegan & Pennykid

Commenting on the Awards, our Chief Executive Peter Holbrook, said:

“The last year has been a difficult one for businesses across the UK, and it has been no different for social enterprises. The Awards were a real evening of hope and inspiration and brought home the sheer ingenuity, adaptability and determination of the social enterprise community, which has continued to deliver for the people and communities they work with and support.

“The winners include businesses breaking down barriers for groups marginalised in the workforce, organisations at the heart of local economies, and those finding innovative ways to tackle the climate crisis. The ever-growing movement of social enterprise truly represents business at its best. Congratulations to all of our winners.”

As well as celebrating the successes of the social enterprise movement, the Awards also used a social enterprise supply chain. Trophies from The Workshop Aberfeldy will not only reward the winners but also support young and disadvantaged people to gain employment, skills and confidence. A fantastic three-course meal was provided by the Clink, a business working in prisons. Social enterprises also provided the refreshments, photography, printing services and event management.

The Awards were delivered in partnership with Cwmpas, Social Enterprise Northern Ireland and Social Enterprise Scotland.

2023 updated home nations grid

The Awards were sponsored by:

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