UK social enterprises celebrate at Social Enterprise Awards

UK social enterprises celebrate at Social Enterprise Awards

Andrew Holt, Charity Times


The UK finals of the Social Enterprise Awards took place last night at The O2 in the London. 


The national competition, organised by the Social Enterprise Coalition, recognises the work and achievements of the UK’s most inspiring and successful social enterprises and people in the movement.


Peter Holbrook (CEO) and Claire Dove (chair) from the Social Enterprise Coalition welcomed guests to the indigO2. 


The ceremony, hosted by actor and comedian Alexander Armstrong, saw 25 finalists compete across seven categories. T


he Leader of the Opposition, Ed Miliband, attended to give a speech and present one of the seven awards.


Speaking after the event, Peter Holbrook, CEO of the Social Enterprise Coalition, said: “It was an emotional and uplifting evening. The Social Enterprise Awards are an opportunity to take the time to celebrate everything that social enterprise is doing to improve the lives of people across Britain and their communities. 


The seven winners are to be congratulated on their remarkable success. Nights like this help remind us what social enterprise is all about, and the passion and innovation shown by all our finalists is truly inspiring.”


The winners:


Social Enterprise of the Year – Newington Credit Union, Northern Ireland


Social Enterprise Start up of the Year – Vi-Ability Educational Programme, Wales


Social Enterprise Leader of the Year – John McMullen, Bryson Charitable Group, Northern Ireland


Young Person’s Social Enterprise of the Year – Stonelaw High School, Scotland


Social Enterprise Partner of the Year – West Lindsey District Council, England


Social Enterprise Mark Holder of the Year – GLL, London


Social Enterprise Unsung Hero – Alasdair Nicholson, Third Sector Hebrides, Scotland


The Social Enterprise Coalition worked in partnership with the Social Economy Network in Northern Ireland, Scottish Social Enterprise Coalition in Scotland and the Wales Cooperative Centre in Wales, to deliver the awards. 


The awards were supported by O2, the social enterprise CAN, the Charity Finance Directors’ Group and Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC).