See the shortlist for the 2018 UK Social Enterprise Awards here.

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. 

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 Year

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.

Category 8 - Education & Training 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 2 - One to Watch

For a social enterprise that can clearly articulate their future vision and how they are going to achieve it.

Category 9 - Environmental Social Enterprise

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

Category 3 - Prove It: Social Impact

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

Category 10 - Tech for Good

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

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 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 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 12 - International Impact

For a social enterprise working internationally, and are having a big impact in their field. 

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 13 - Transformative Community Business

For a locally rooted social enterprise that trades for the benefit of their community.

Category 7 - Consumer Facing Social Enterprise

For 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 Engagement

For a social enterprise that is genuinely engaging employees in all aspects of the business.

Any questions? If you have any questions or queries about the Awards, please email the team at [email protected]

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