Winners announced – Allia Award for Social Entrepreneurship – Cambridge News & Business Excellence Awards 2018

As part of this year’s Cambridge News and Media Business Excellence Awards Allia were delighted to sponsor the category for Social Entrepreneurship.

The special awards ceremony took place on Thursday 23rd March at King’s College Cambridge where the brightest businesses and entrepreneurs from across the Region gathered for the occasion.

Allia were delighted to present the Award for Social Entrepreneurship to Future Business Centre long-term and ever expanding tenant Form the Future, for their work across career education, helping give students a flavour of the world of work.

Form the Future – came fully into existence in 2015 led by two female founders Anne Bailey and Michaela Eschbach.  Since then it has gone from strength to strength.  Through a range of experience days, mentorship and work experience programmes, Form the Future has helped introduce children at hundreds of schools to new careers, especially in the area of STEM. –Form the Future



Caroline Hyde, Allia’s Director of Business Viability said

“Allia is the proud sponsor of the Social Entrepreneurship category and is itself dedicated to creating impact – which is to say to creating positive impact on people, planet or place.

As the UN Sustainable Development Goals start to collectively focus our actions and efforts on a local, national and global scale – It is vital to raise the profile and awareness of the growing number of innovative ventures that are driving us towards a stronger and more sustainable society. This award seeks to recognise this new breed of entrepreneurs – driven by passion and purpose and for whom profit is not their sole motivation – that have delivered or will deliver the most impressive social, environmental and economic impact on society.

Whether these initiatives are operating at a local, national or international level they have all demonstrated significant ability or potential to make a transformational difference.”


Across the evening we were delighted to see Future Business Centre anchor tenant Arcus Global feature prominently in the category – Cambridge Judge High Growth Award.

Arcus Global have been in the Future Business Centre since its inception in Cambridge.  Denis Kaminsky and Lars Malmqvist together with their team have grown the business 491 per cent in the last four years alone.  The company now offers up to 50 products and services covering a wide range of public service provision.

Arcus builds innovative Cloud based products that help people doing the most important jobs to do them better.

Kaminsky said – “We consider ourselves part of the Cambridge eco-system, and being recognised in these awards is a great boost for our team”.


In addition, shortlisted within the Allia Award for Social Entrepreneurship category were two outstanding businesses and enterprises –

The Edge Cafe – The Edge Cafe offers a route back into employment for people recovering from drug and alcohol problems. As a Cafe it is open to the public, brings some dynamic to the bottom end of the vibrant Mill Road community alongside and wide variety of development in that area.  It acts as a hub for a wide variety of community and support groups in the neighbourhood. – The Edge Cafe.

Levin Sources – Levin Sources based in Shelford is having a global impact in the field of atisanal and small scale mining.  Levin Sources is a consultancy and social venture that moves more minerals through systems where good governance and better business are the norm. – Levin Sources




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Winners Announced Cambridge News Business Excellence Awards 2018

Winners Gallery – Cambridge News Business Excellence Awards 2018