See the 2018 winners here.

See who the finalists were here.

The 2018 Awards were hosted by award-winning stand-up comedian Mark Watson and held at London’s historic Guildhall.

There were fourteen categories in total at the 2018 Awards including, new for 2018, the ‘Employee Engagement’ Award. 

See the full list of shortlisted applicants here.

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.

2018 UK Social Enterprise Awards sponsors 

2018 UK Social Enterprise Awards media partner