2019 UK Social Enterprise Awards

Deadline: July 7, 2019.

The UK Social Enterprise Awards recognise businesses that give back, enrich communities and make a contribution to society, as well as those who lead them – the social entrepreneurs who use their business acumen to make a real difference, tackling social and environmental problems both in Britain and abroad. The Awards, hosted by Social Enterprise UK recognise the achievements of social enterprises and supporters in 14 different categories, including Social Enterprise of the Year, Women’s Champion, ‘Buy Social’ Market builder and the One to Watch.



Category 1 – UK Social Enterprise of the Year: 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.

Category 2 – One to Watch: For a social enterprise that has been operating for less than 2 years (as of April 2018) and can clearly articulate their future vision and how they are going to achieve it.

Category 3 – Prove It: Social Impact: For a social enterprise that can truly demonstrate and communicate their impact with their stakeholders.

Category 4 – ‘Buy Social’ – Market Builder: 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.

Category 5 – Social Investment Deal of the Year: 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.

Category 6 – Health & Social Care Social Enterprise: 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.

Category 7 – Consumer Facing Social Enterprise: For a social enterprise that produced or delivers a retail product or service to the general public. The winner of this category will be selected via a readers’ choice vote in our media partner publication The Big Issue.

Category 8 – Education & Training Social Enterprise: 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.

Category 9 – Environmental Social Enterprise: For a social enterprise in the green and environmental sector with a clear evidenced environmental impact.

Category 10 – Tech for Good: For a social enterprise that uses technology to achieve social impact.

Category 11 – Women in Social Enterprise: For a woman working in the senior leadership team of a social enterprise who represents excellence in her field of work.

Category 12 – International Impact: For a social enterprise working internationally, and are having a big impact in their field.

Category 13 – Transformative Community Business: For a locally rooted social enterprise that trades for the benefit of their community.

Category 14 – Employee Engagement: For a social enterprise that is genuinely engaging employees in all aspects of the business.



If you are entering categories 1-10, 12,13 and/or14(not including categories 4, 5 or 11), your organisation must be a UK based business that defines itself as a social enterprise using the following criteria:

1.The business has a clear social or environmental mission that is set out in its governing documents.

2.It is an independent business and earns more than half of its income through trading.

3.It is controlled or owned in the interests of the social mission.

4.It invests or gives away at least half your profits or surpluses towards your social purpose.

5.It is transparent about how it operates and the impact it has

6.All categories, not including category 11, are open to social enterprises. There are also specific awards categories that investors, corporates, public sector bodies and charities may also apply for.

7.All the categories are open to organisations from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

8.Category 11 is open to women working in the social enterprise sector



The winners of all the categories will be announced at an awards ceremony being held on Wednesday 9 December at Guildhall–City of London




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