[UPDATE]: The deadline to apply for the Awards has been extended for two weeks. All applications must now be submitted by midnight on Sunday, 21 July.

The UK Social Enterprise Awards recognise businesses that give back, enrich communities and make a contribution to society, as well as those who lead them – the social entrepreneurs who use their business acumen to make a real difference, tackling social and environmental problems both in Britain and abroad. The Awards, hosted by Social Enterprise UK recognise the achievements of social enterprises and supporters in 14 different categories, including Social Enterprise of the Year, Women’s Champion, ‘Buy Social’ Market builder and the One to Watch.

The event is the biggest celebration of social enterprise in the sector, and a truly inspiring and entertaining evening. The Awards grow in size and reputation each year and the shortlisted organisations are an insight into the amazing work being done in the UK social enterprise sector. This year it will be held at London's Guildhall on 4 December.

British Council Bursaries for SEWF 2019

This year the British Council are kindly offering bursaries of £1,000 towards attending the 2019 Social Enterprise World Forum in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for all organisations shortlisted in any of the following four categories: 2019 Social Enterprise of the Year, Women in Social Enterprise, International Impact and Education, Training & Jobs. If you are applying for any of these categories and wish to take up this bursary to contribute towards your trip to SEWF 2019, then please specify this on the application form.

2019 Awards categories

See all category specific criteria on the Awards Guidelines here.

Category 1 - UK Social Enterprise of the Year (Sponsored by Cafédirect)

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 has been operating for less than 2 years (as of April 2018) and can clearly articulate their future vision and how they are going to achieve it.

Category 9 - Environmental Social Enterprise (Sponsored by Landmarc)

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

(Sponsored by PwC)

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 a social enterprise to grow or the movement as a whole to develop and flourish. 

Category 12 - International Impact

For a social enterprise working internationally, which is having a big impact in its 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 (Sponsored by Power to Change)

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

Category 7 - Consumer Facing Social Enterprise

(Sponsored by The Co-op)

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

Category 14 - Employee Engagement

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

Sponsorship Opportunities 

If you are interested in providing your support and associating your business with the biggest awards in the social enterprise sector email [email protected]

2019 UK Social Enterprise Awards sponsors