Winners of the UK Social Enterprise Awards 2022

The winners of the UK Social Enterprise Awards 2022 were announced at a gala reception at the Roundhouse in London on 8 December.

The UK Social Enterprise Awards are the country’s biggest celebration of social enterprises showcasing the strength and diversity of the UK’s social enterprise community across 15 categories.


The Winners of the UK Social Enterprise Awards 2022 are:

Social Enterprise of the Year (Sponsored by Keegan & Pennykid)

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.


WINNER:  auticon – The international tech consultancy that exclusively employs professional consultants on the autism spectrum


HIGHLY COMMENDED: Change Please – The coffee company fighting homelessness through employment, skills and housing.


One to Watch (Sponsored by GLL)

The One to Watch Award is for a start-up social enterprise. Key to winning this award is an ability to clearly articulate their future vision and how they are going to achieve it.


WINNER: Serious – A social enterprise making a real impact on the planet through household goods and a powerful buy one, give one model.


HIGHLY COMMENDEDGrowing for Good CIC – A social enterprise creating second chances for ex-offenders through horticultural training in prison glasshouses.


Prove It: Social Impact (Sponsored by Linklaters)

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


WINNER: Breadwinners – A social enterprise supporting young refugees and asylum seekers through selling artisan baked goods.


Buy Social Market Builder (Sponsored by Amey)

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.


WINNER: CBRE Global Workplace Solutions UK – Supporting occupier clients through facilities management, project management, advisory and transaction services.


Social Investment Deal of the Year (Sponsored by Big Society Capital and Good Finance)

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.


WINNER: Refugee Better Outcomes Partnership and Bridges Outcomes Partnership – A social outcomes contract supporting refugees out of the asylum system and into communities.


Health and Social Care Social Enterprise of the Year (Sponsored by Johnson and Johnson)

 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.


WINNER: Innovating Minds CIC – A social enterprise supporting children and young people with mental health needs at the earliest point possible.


Consumer Facing Social Enterprise of the Year (Sponsored by eBay for Change)

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


WINNER: Acorn Early Years – An early years provider offering high quality, affordable and inclusive education.


Education, Training and Jobs Social Enterprise of the Year (Sponsored by Corps Security)

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.


WINNER: The Women’s Organisation – A social enterprise providing enterprise and employment services to create a fairer, more gender-equal society


HIGHLY COMMENDED: Central YMCAThe world’s first YMCA set up to enable all young people to achieve their potential.


Environmental Social Enterprise of the Year (Sponsored by Landmarc)

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


WINNER: Low Carbon Hub – A pioneering green social enterprise working towards an energy system based on community energy supply and low demand.


Social Enterprise Building Diversity, Inclusion, Equity and Justice Award (Sponsored by PwC)

Social justice is fundamental to the social enterprise movement. This category is open to all social enterprises who are addressing issues around diversity, inclusion and equity.


WINNER: auticon – The international tech consultancy that exclusively employs professional consultants on the autism spectrum


HIGHLY COMMENDED: Happy Smiles Training CIC – The disabled-persons-led social enterprise challenging the stigma attached to disabled people


Social Enterprise Women’s Champion (Sponsored by ISG)

For a woman working in the senior leadership team of a social enterprise who represents excellence in her field of work.


WINNER: Ellenor McIntosh, Twipes Limited – The inventor of Twipes, the world’s first truly flushable and biodegradable wet wipes


HIGHLY COMMENDED: Catherine Jones, Grassmarket Community Project – The Social Enterprise Director of the Grassmarket Community Project who has helped generate millions to support people in need from those experiencing homelessness to people leaving the criminal justice system.


International Impact Award (Sponsored by Zurich Insurance Group)

For a social enterprise working internationally, and which are having a big impact in their field. This award is open to UK-based organisations only with existing international operations.


WINNER: Change Please CIC – The coffee company fighting homelessness through employment, skills and housing.


Place Based Social Enterprise Award Sponsored by Esmée Fairbairn Foundation)

This award is for a place based social enterprise that trades for the benefit of their community.


WINNER: People Place and Participation Ltd – Flo’s – the Place in the Park – A thriving community enterprise hub creating opportunities to work, eat, play, learn and connect.


HIGHLY COMMENDED: Goldfinger – The sustainable furniture maker whose products tread lightly upon the planet.


Social Enterprise Team of the Year (Sponsored by The Ingenuity Programme)

This category acknowledges those teams which have demonstrated the strength, passion and resilience which is so characteristic of the social enterprise sector.


WINNER: Women’s Work Lab – A social enterprise supporting unemployed mums into employment.


Tech for Good Technology Social Enterprise of the Year (Sponsored by Fidelity International)

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


WINNER: Hey Girls CIC – The sustainable period product provider with the Buy One Donate One model committed to ending period poverty around the world.



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