Shortlist announced for the UK Social Enterprise Awards 2023

The shortlist has been announced for the UK Social Enterprise Awards – the country’s biggest celebration of social enterprises, which recognises the best in the sector across 15 categories.

The ceremony, organised by Social Enterprise UK (SEUK), will take place at the iconic Roundhouse in London on the evening of 30 November

Commenting on this year’s shortlist, Peter Holbrook Chief Executive of SEUK said:

“Our Awards are the ultimate showcase of the impact and excellence of social enterprises. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​Those who made the shortlist are a beacon of innovation, optimism and resilience in turbulent times.

“‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​These are trailblazers and standard-setters for better business, making profit but not putting it before people and planet – and they do all this under the same immense pressures as other businesses, with the long-term impacts of Covid and a national cost of living crisis. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​Social enterprises celebrated at our Awards are the brightest stars in a brilliant sector, giving us all inspiration and motivation to do business better.”

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‌​‍‌The Shortlist

UK Social Enterprise of the Year

Sponsored by Keegan & 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.

Bath Spa University




Change Please CIC

Community Shop

Fair for You CIC

Hey Girls CIC

Isle of Skye Ferry CIC

Radius Housing 

One to Watch

Sponsored by PwC

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.


Bloody Good Employers Limited


Indirock Ltd

Rural Inclusion CIC

Standing Tall

The Bike Lock

The Black Pounds Project CIC

Prove It: Social Impact

Sponsored by Linklaters

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

Chime Social Enterprise


Hey Girls CIC

Noise Solution CIC

Via Wings

Your Own Place CIC

Buy Social Market Builder

Sponsored by Wates

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.

Circular Communities Scotland Reuse Consortium

Foodbuy UK&I

Siemens Plc


West Midlands Combined Authority

Zurich Insurance Group AG

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.


Cornerstone Place



Public Services Social Enterprise

For a social enterprise for whom the majority of their income comes from the public sector and which delivers public services (for central or local government, NHS, criminal justice or other statutory body).


Chime Social Enterprise

City Health Care Partnership CIC

Forward Carers CIC

Shaw Trust

Smile Together Dental CIC

Consumer Facing Social Enterprise

Sponsored by eBay for Change

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


Change Please CIC

Community Shop

Greenwich Leisure Ltd

Tap Social Movement Ltd

The Long Table Stroud CIC

Education, Training and Jobs

Sponsored by Fidelity International

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.


Connection Crew CIC

Mental Health First Aid England

The Entrepreneurial Refugee Network (TERN)

Upturn Enterprise Ltd

Women’s Work Lab

Environmental Social Enterprise

Sponsored by Landmarc

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

Community Wood Recycling

Finance Earth


Kitty’s Launderette


Urban Growth Learning Gardens

Useful Simple Trust

Social Enterprise Building Diversity, Inclusion, Equity & Justice

Sponsored by Nestle

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.

Arkbound Foundation


Impact Brixton CIC

Mental Health First Aid England

Nuneaton Signs Ltd

Outside Lives

Resilience Learning Partnership

Social Ark

Social Enterprise Women’s Champion

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

Kerrine Bryan – Butterfly Books Ltd

Janet Schofield – Compass Advocacy Network (CAN)

Avye Couloute – Girls into Coding

Norma Gregory – Nottingham News Centre CIC

Eleanor Shaw – People Speak Up

Lisa Stepanovic – Social Ark

Rachel Mostyn & Camilla Rigby – Women’s Work Lab

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.

Finance Earth

IDEMS International CIC

Jade Autism

Stand4 Socks

Waste to Wonder

Community Based Social Enterprise

Sponsored by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

This award is for a social enterprise that trades for the benefit of their community, making a real local impact.

Bath Spa University

Galeri Caernarfon Cyf

Kitty’s Launderette

Leigh Building Preservation Trust

Peninsula Dental Social Enterprise

Smile Together Dental CIC

With Music In Mind 

Social Enterprise Innovation of the Year

Sponsored by AXA

A new award is recognising a social enterprise that has brought something truly innovative to market in the past year.

Bikeworks CIC

BrisDoc Healthcare Services

Creating Enterprise

Fair for You CIC


Real Ideas Organisation

Tech for Good

Sponsored by Mitie

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

Care City CIC

Green Heart Collective Ltd

Hope 4 The Community CIC (H4C)


Nimbus Disability

Red Chair Highland Ltd

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

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