Social enterprise in Tayside celebrated at awards ceremony

The winners of the inaugural Tayside and Fife social Enterprise Partnership were announced on Monday night at a ceremony held in DC Thomson’s Dundee Headquarters.

The awards celebrated the activity of Social Enterprises across the Tayside and Fife Region and their achievements in giving something back.  

The winners of the New Start up Award sponsored by Fife Council were Benarty Community Shop who in their first year donated profits of £10 000 back to their community. 

The Voluntary Action Angus sponsored Innovative Idea award was won by The Home Straight who assist older people with independent living solutions. 

The Growth Award was won by Perth based Adventure Circus who quadrupled their turnover over the past 4 years, this category was supported by Hillcrest Housing Association. 

The Social Impact Award winner was Angus Cycle Hub due to their community involvement, the Factory Skatepark supported this prize. 

Finally the winner of the Young Social Entrepreneur was Danielle Gaffney du Plooy who is co-founder of Uppertunity a social enterprise that provides opportunities for vulnerable individuals.  Robertsons Group were the sponsors of the Young Entrepreneur category.

Some of the winners show off their awards

Aidan Pia, Executive Director of Senscot, Scotland’s network for social enterprises spoke at the Awards and added: “It was really encouraging to see and hear so many great stories of local social enterprise doing their very best to provide such a range of valuable services to local communities.

“These organisations reflect the important contribution social enterprise makes within these communities. It is also good to see the collaboration taking place between different areas in Tayside which, hopefully, others can be replicated elsewhere.”

The Tayside and Fife Social Enterprise Partnership is helping to foster an environment in which Social Enterprises can grow in size and in strength.

Summary of award winners

New Start up Award was sponsored by Fife Council

The first finalist was Le hands

The second finalist and given a highly commended was Dundee City Pipe Band                   

The winner was Benarty Community Shop

New startup award finalists and winners

Innovative idea Award was sponsored by Voluntary Action Angus

The first finalist was Dot Coach  

The second finalist and highly commended was Showcase The Street 

The winner was The Home Straight

Home Straight picked up the Innovative Idea Award

Growth Award was sponsored by Hillcrest Housing Association  

The first finalist  was Uppertunity

The second finalist was Scrapantics

The winner was Adventure Circus

Growth Award finalists

Social Impact Award was sponsored by The Factory Skatepark  

The first finalist was Dundee And Angus ADHD Support Group 

The second finalist was Dundee International Womens Centre – Rise and Childcare Service

The winner was Angus Cycle Hub

Amgus Cycle Hub won the Social Impact Award

Young Social Entrepreneur sponsored by Roberston Group  

The first finalist was Deborah Chapman, How It Felt  

The second finalist was Ross Inglis, Dundee City Pipe Band  

The winner was Danielle Gaffney du Plooy

Danielle Gaffney du Plooy picked up the Young Social Entrepreneur Award