The UK Social Enterprise Awards for 2017 will be held on the 23rd of November in central London. The Awards recognise organisations for their business excellence and contribution to society, as well as the achievements of people working at the heart of the sector. 

[UPDATE – The winners of the UK Social Enterprise Awards have been announced at a ceremony at the Royal Horticultural Society on the 23rd of November. See who this year’s winners are here]

See a recap of the evening below

2017 Categories

Category 1 – UK Social Enterprise of the Year: The overall award, for a social enterprise that has a clear vision, excellence in impact, and that has also demonstrated and promoted social enterprise beyond the sector. 

Category 2 – One to Watch: For a social enterprise that can clearly articulate their future vision and how they are going to achieve it.

Category 3 – Prove It: Social Impact: For a social enterprise that can truly demonstrate and communicate their impact with their stakeholders. 

Category 4 – ’Buy Social’ – Market Builder: 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.

Category 5 – Social Investment Deal of the Year: 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. 

Category 6 – Health & Social Care Social Enterprise: 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.

Category 7 – Consumer Facing Social Enterprise: For a social enterprise that produced or delivers a retail product or service to the general public.

Category 8 – Education, Training & Jobs Social Enterprise: 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.

Category 9 – Environmental Social Enterprise: For a social enterprise in the green and environmental sector with a clear evidenced environmental impact

Category 10 – Tech for Good: Technology Social Enterprise: For a social enterprise that uses technology to achieve social impact.

Category 11 – Women in Social Enterprise: For a woman working in the senior leadership team of a social enterprise who represents excellence in her field of work.

Category 12 – International Impact: For a social enterprise working internationally, and are having a big impact in their field. 

Category 13 – Transformative Community Business: For a locally rooted social enterprise that trades for the benefit of their community.

“To be recognised for our ethical business philosophy was not only rewarding for us but the award also resonates with our customers who care about trading with principled companies. The award itself is a serious stamp of approval for any social enterprise and we are incredibly proud to have received the honour of the top prize last year.” The Deadline to apply has been extended! Alistair Marsden – Sales and Marketing Director, Dulas Ltd 

Winner, Social Enterprise of the Year 2016

The Consumer Facing Category at 2017 UK Social Enterprise Awards will this year be run as a Reader’s Choice Award through our media partner The Big Issue. Shortlisted applicants will be featured in the magazine and on The Big Issue’s digital channels and readers will be able to vote online for their favourite organisation. There is also the potential for suitable applicants to sell some of their products in The Big Issue Shop throughout the Readers’ Choice Campaign.

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