See the 2018 winners here

The 2018 Awards were hosted by award-winning stand-up comedian Mark Watson. Edinburgh Festival Award Winner and Time Out Critic’s Choice, Mark’s recent TV credits include Taskmaster (Dave), Roast Battle (Comedy Central) and Bear Grylls’ Celebrity Island (Channel 4). Mark has been the face of shows such as BBC Four’s We Need Answers and BBC Radio 4’s Mark Watson Makes The World Substantially Better. He has also appeared on Mock The Week, Pointless Celebrities, Have I Got News For You, Would I Lie To You?, Live At The Apollo and Channel 4’s Comedy Gala.

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. The event is also a great opportunity for social enterprises and their staff to network with their peers, sector leaders, as well as our patrons and corporate partners. 

There are fourteen categories in total at this year’s Awards including, new for 2018, the ‘Employee Engagement’ Award. 

See the full list of shortlisted applicants here.

There are fourteen categories in total at this year’s Awards including, new for 2018, the ‘Employee Engagement’ Award. 

2018 Awards categories

Category 1 – UK Social Enterprise of the YearThe 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.Category 8 – Education & Training Social EnterpriseFor 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 2 – One to WatchFor a social enterprise that can clearly articulate their future vision and how they are going to achieve it.Category 9 – Environmental Social EnterpriseFor a social enterprise in the green and environmental sector with a clear evidenced environmental impact.
Category 3 – Prove It: Social ImpactFor a social enterprise that can truly demonstrate and communicate their impact with their stakeholders.Category 10 – Tech for GoodFor a social enterprise that uses technology to achieve social impact.
Category 4 – ‘Buy Social’ – Market BuilderFor 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 11 – Women in Social EnterpriseFor a woman working in the senior leadership team of a social enterprise who represents excellence in her field of work.
Category 5 – Social Investment Deal of the YearFor 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 12 – International ImpactFor a social enterprise working internationally, and are having a big impact in their field. 
Category 6 – Health & Social Care Social EnterpriseFor 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 13 – Transformative Community BusinessFor a locally rooted social enterprise that trades for the benefit of their community.
Category 7 – Consumer Facing Social EnterpriseFor a social enterprise that produced or delivers a retail product or service to the general public. The winner of this category will be selected via a readers’ choice vote in our media partner publication The Big Issue.Category 14 – Employee EngagementFor a social enterprise that is genuinely engaging employees in all aspects of the business.

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Sponsorship Opportunities 
There are still some opportunities for sponsorship for some of the 2018 Awards categories, including new areas to be supported. If you are interested in providing your support and associating your business with the biggest awards in the sector email

2018 UK Social Enterprise Awards sponsors 

2018 UK Social Enterprise Awards media partner