Images available to download from the UK Social Enterprise Awards ceremony here

The 2017 winners are:

Winner of 2017 UK Social Enterprise of the Year Award (Sponsored by NatWest)


Here deliver health services together with their partners in Brighton and Hove, Sussex and beyond. Their social mission is their purpose: ‘Care Unbound. To create more possibilities for care in every moment’. Through partnership they create health services and solutions which are shaped around the needs of the person. Founded in 2008, Here are owned by GPs, practice managers, nurses and their staff. Their partners include citizens, GPs and local healthcare practitioners, clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), NHS Trusts, third sector providers, social enterprises, independent sector and other healthcare companies and community groups. They transform the focus of care from ‘what’s the matter?’ to ‘what matters to you?’

Highly Commended

Ashton Community Trust

Ashton Community Trust is an award winning social regeneration charity that works to deliver real benefits for local people. It was formally established in 1991 with a mission ‘To promote positive change and improve the quality of life of the North Belfast community.’ Located in the New Lodge area of North Belfast it works to address severe levels of social and economic deprivation.

Winner of One to Watch Award (Sponsored by GLL) 


Autistic adults often have extraordinary cognitive abilities; yet many find it difficult to secure or maintain mainstream employment. Auticon recognises this potential and is the first enterprise to exclusively employ autistic adults as consultants. By creating autism-positive work environments and offering sustained support mechanisms to autistic employees, Auticon provides its corporate clients with a means to tap into the talents of autistic people while creating long term careers for its team.

Highly Commended

Soap Co. and Denbighshire Music Co-op

The Soap Co. is an ethical luxury brand that creates sophisticated body care products that are good and do good. Based in East London, and with a traditional workshop in the Lake District, all products are handcrafted by people who are blind, disabled or otherwise disadvantaged. They take pride in paying attention where it matters, from their award winning minimalist design to locally sourced bottles and compostable soap wrappers.

Denbighshire Music Cooperative is a ‘not for profit’ instrumental and vocal schools tution service based in Denbighshire, North Wales. In 2015 Denbighshire council became the first local authority across Wales to completely cut funding for vocal and instrumental lessons for children in schools – this move saw the end of all ensembles in the county and the redundancy of 22 tutors. Determined not to give up a core group of tutors formed the cooperative to create a ‘new vision for music provision in Denbighshire’. DMC now boasts some 60 teacher members and holds 9 weekly ensembles and a Saturday morning music academy. The service is thriving and supporting other counties in Wales as further cuts to music occur.

Winner of 'Prove It': Social Impact Award (Sponsored by PwC)

Enabling Enterprise

Enabling Enterprise was set up in 2009 by a team of teachers to address a fundamental gap in the education system: how to build essential skills like teamwork, leadership, resilience and effective communication that unlock learning and underpin successful, employable futures. Seven years on, and over 86,000 students have taken part in Enabling Enterprise programmes this year, in over 275 schools and in partnership with 130 employers.

Winner of  ’Buy Social’ Market Builder Award (Sponsored by Here)


PwC have been supporting social enterprises for over ten years, helping create sustainable businesses that are good for the economy, people and planet. Their support includes The Fire Station, a social enterprise hub in London and has extended nationally though their Social Entrepreneurs Club, supporting over 250 through mentoring, masterclasses and awards. They offer practical advice for social enterprises and to their suppliers, enabling PwC to increase their spend with social enterprises year on year. PwC are proud to be founding members of the Corporate Challenge , supporting the ‘Buy Social‘ campaign .

Winner of 'Social Investment Deal of the Year' Award (Sponsored by Big Society Capital)

Social Investment Cymru & Gofal Enterprises

Gofal Enterprises Limited (GEL) is the trading subsidiary of leading Welsh mental health and wellbeing charity Gofal. It acts as TOPCO to a number of social businesses. Operating since 2010, GEL aims to lead social enterprise innovation in Wales by running a portfolio of socially profitable businesses, with any surplus profits invested back into the charity, Gofal. Additionally GEL aims to create employment, training and volunteering opportunities for those furthest from the labour market.

Highly Commended 

Stretford Public Hall

Friends of Stretford Public Hall was formed in 2014 to take on the ownership and running of Stretford Public Hall for the benefit of the community. It is a charitable community benefit society that is democratically run by its members on a one member one-vote basis. They have exclusively charitable objects and a charitable asset lock, preventing members from making a capital gain by selling or closing the business for a profit, so the Hall will never fall into private ownership.

Winner of the 'Health & Social Care Social Enterprise' Award (Sponsored by Cordant Group)

Community Dental Services

Community Dental Services are an employee-owned social enterprise and CIC with a clear and unique ambition – to make sure everybody, especially vulnerable and marginalised groups, receives the oral healthcare and information they need to thrive. They do this by working with the NHS, businesses, schools, community groups and other organisations to bring the best clinical dental services and oral health information to the people that traditional dental services are often unable to reach. Based in Bedford, they now operate across multiple locations in the UK.

Winner of 'Consumer Facing Social Enterprise' Award (Sponsored by the Co-op)

Change Please

Change Please is an organisation working hard to transform the lives of homeless people. By training and employing homeless people to be baristas, paying London Living Wage, helping with housing, providing emotional support and a clear path into employment, they are helping homeless people to once again feel safe secure and valued by society. By meeting society’s growing demand for coffee, Change Please is eliminating stigma and alleviating the problem of homelessness.

Winner of 'Education, Training & Jobs' Award (Sponsored by Wates)

Brigade Bar & Bistro (Beyond Food)

Beyond Food CIC delivers training programmes for people affected by homelessness to help them break the cycle of poverty and move into meaningful employment. Everything they do is centred around hospitality and they run a three-stage progression programme at their Social Enterprise restaurant, Brigade in London Bridge.

Highly Commended

Creating Enterprise

Creating Enterprise is ‘the social contractor of choice’ in North Wales – an innovative social enterprise providing quality construction and property maintenance services. Their business creates employment for qualified tradespeople and training opportunities in construction and property maintenance for unemployed social housing tenants. Their unique Employment Academy offers paid work, mentoring and training, while their volunteering positions give the opportunity for work experience and new skills. Creating Enterprise is a subsidiary of Cartrefi Conwy.

Winner of 'Environmental Social Enterprise' Award (Sponsored by Landmarc)


Belu offers the most ethical choice in water service from bottled mineral water, to filter machines, and refillable bottles. They champion the environmental benchmark in the sector, produce award-winning great tasting British mineral water and give all profits to WaterAid to make safe water normal for everyone, everywhere. To date that’s £2.2M transforming over 146,000 lives with safe water, decent toilets and good hygiene

Highly Commended

National Community Wood Recycling Project

Community Wood Recycling is the UK’s ground-breaking network of wood recycling social enterprises. Based in Brighton but operating across the UK, they exist to provide the very best environmental option for dealing with wood waste, reusing as much of the timber that has been thrown away as possible through reclaimed wood stores and ensuring that the rest is chipped for recycling. At the same time, they create jobs, training and life-changing opportunities for disadvantaged and marginalised people.

Winner of the 'Tech for Good' Award (Sponsored by Nominet Trust)


Cosmic are a digital agency based in Devon. As a social enterprise, their mandate is to support the digital needs of all people in our region, tackling the issue of digital inclusion. Cosmic want all people and organisations to have the skills, access and confidence to use digital technology to the best of its ability.

Winner of the Women in Social Enterprise Award (Sponsored by Santander)

Rachel Wang - Chocolate Films

Rachel Wang is the Director of production company and social enterprise, Chocolate Films. When Rachel founded Chocolate Films in 2001, she had no professional experience in media. Today, Chocolate Films is a full service production company with 20 members of staff. Clients including Big Issue, Facebook, National Autistic Society and the Royal Collection. Rachel is passionate about outreaching to disadvantaged young people and vulnerable adults. Each year Chocolate Films provides filmmaking workshops to 3000 people.

Highly Commended

Rose Marley - Sharp Futures

SharpFutures is a social enterprise that supports young people into employment in the creative digital sector. By offering a range of interventions including apprenticeships, work experience and volunteering, SharpFutures nurture the transition into work, whilst responding to the fluctuating needs of creative digital businesses. They SEED ideas through services for education, NURTURE the best talent through employment opportunities and real work experience, and GROW through the sale of their business products and services

Winner of the International Impact Award(Sponsored by the British Council)

Shared Interest Society

Shared Interest is an ethical investment organisation based in Newcastle which aims to alleviate poverty by helping people in remote and disadvantaged communities to trade and earn a living.

Winner of the Transformative Community Business Award(Sponsored by Power to Change)

Food In Community CIC 

Food in Community CIC collects local, mostly organically grown surplus produce from food businesses in and around Totnes and the surrounding area. They also glean produce straight from the fields. They distribute it to groups and organisations in the community making nutritious, delicious meals for all. They also work with local organisations to provide cooking sessions, where people can learn to prepare and cook healthy meals from scratch and reduce food waste. 

2017 Awards sponsors