Shortlist announced for the UK Social Enterprise Awards 2022

The UK Social Enterprise Awards recognise the nation’s leading social enterprises shining a spotlight on the breadth and diversity of the social enterprise movement. From start-ups to multi-million-pound turnover businesses, health and social care organisations to cutting edge consumer-focused businesses, we’re proud to announce the 2022 shortlist. Congratulations to everyone who has been shortlisted!

The winners will be announced at a gala event on 8 December at London’s iconic Roundhouse.

UK Social Enterprise of the Year

Sponsored by Keegan and Pennykid

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


Change Please CIC

Corps Security

Hey Girls CIC

London Early Years Foundation

Stand4 Socks

The Women’s Organisation

Emmaus South Wales

Habitat for Humanity Ireland (Habitat ReStore)

One to Watch

Sponsored by GLL

The One to Watch Award is for a start-up social enterprise. Key to winning this award is an ability to clearly articulate their future vision and how they are going to achieve it.


Growing for Good CIC

Growing Resilience CIC



Menter Ty’n Llan

Harry’s Place CIC

Coffee Saints (Grassmarket Community Project)

Prove It: Social Impact

Sponsored by Linklaters

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



Khushi Kantha (Happy Blanket) CIC

London Development Trust

The Women’s Organisation 

Down to Earth 

Buy Social Market Builder

Sponsored by Amey

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.

CBRE Global Workplace Solutions UK

John Sisk & Son Limited

Johnson & Johnson


Willmott Dixon Construction

Social Supermarket

Social Investment Deal of the Year

Sponsored by Big Society Capital

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.

GMCVO and Pinc College

Big Issue Invest and Meanwhile Space

NatWest Social & Community Capital and Northumbria Youth Action

Bridges Outcomes Partnership and Refugee Better Outcomes Partnership

Resonance and Nacro

Health and Social Care Social Enterprise

Sponsored by Johnson & Johnson

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.

Care Opinion

Forward Carers CIC

Innovating Minds CIC

Nickel Support CIC


Lingo Flamingo

Consumer Facing Social Enterprise

Sponsored by eBay for Change

For a social enterprise that delivers a retail product or service to the general public.

Acorn Early Years

Change Please CIC

Emmaus South Wales

Sofab Sports CIC

Toast Ale

weheartfamily, ltd

Education, Training and Jobs

Sponsored by Corps Security

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.

Acorn Early Years

Central YMCA

Change Please CIC


The Women’s Organisation

Environmental Social Enterprise

Sponsored by Landmarc

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



Green Machine Computers


Low Carbon Hub

Groundwork North Wales


Social Enterprise Building Diversity, Inclusion, Equity & Justice

Sponsored by PwC

Social justice is fundamental to the social enterprise movement. This category is open to all social enterprises who are addressing issues around diversity, inclusion and equity.


Generation Success

Happy Smiles Training CIC

RainbowBiz CIC

The Women’s Organisation

The Community Impact Initiative

Social Enterprise Women’s Champion

Sponsored by ISG

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

Lorraine Copes – Be Inclusive Hospitality CIC

Kerrine Bryan – Butterfly Books Limited

Annie Warburton – Cockpit

Celia Hodson – Hey Girls CIC

Jo Summers – P3 Charity

Jo McGrath – Sector3

Ellenor McIntosh – Twipes Limited 

Karen Balmer – Groundwork North Wales

Catherine Jones – Grassmarket Community Project

Jayne Taggart – Enterprise Pathway 

International Impact

Sponsored by Zurich Insurance Group

For a social enterprise working internationally, and which are having a big impact in their field. This award is open to UK-based organisations only with existing international operations.

Change Please CIC

Ninety CIC

Origin Africa

Primary Care International

The Washing Machine Project 

Place Based Social Enterprise

Sponsored by Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

This award is for a place based social enterprise that trades for the benefit of their community.

Friends of Stretford Public Hall


Iridescent Ideas CIC

Low Carbon Hub

People Place and Participation Ltd (Flo’s – the Place in the Park)

Galeri Caernarfon Cyf 

Social Enterprise Team of the Year

The Ingenuity Programme

This category acknowledges those teams which have demonstrated the strength, passion and resilience which is so characteristic of the social enterprise sector.


Just Trading Scotland

Lendology CIC (Trading name of Wessex Resolutions CIC)

Radiant Cleaners

Women’s Work Lab 

Cardiff Cycle Workshop

Tech for Good

Sponsored by Fidelity International

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

Care Opinion

First Step Trust

Hey Girls CIC

IDEMS International

Smart Money Cymru Community Bank

Find out more about the UK Social Enterprise Awards here

We are pleased to be working with Cwmpas, Social Enterprise Northern Ireland and Social Enterprise Scotland to deliver the Awards.

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