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.
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
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
Growth Award was sponsored by Hillcrest Housing Association
The first finalist was Uppertunity
The second finalist was Scrapantics
The winner was Adventure Circus
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
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