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UK Social Enterprise Awards 2017 – Applications now open!

Applications are now open for the UK Social Enterprise Awards for 2017 with two new categories ‘Tech for Good’ and ‘Community Business of the year’.

The event will be held on the 23rd of November in central London, and recognises organisations for their business excellence and contribution to society, as well as the achievements of people working at the heart of the sector.

“To be recognised for our ethical business philosophy was not only rewarding for us but the award also resonates with our customers who care about trading with principled companies. The award itself is a serious stamp of approval for any social enterprise and we are incredibly proud to have received the honour of the top prize last year.” Alistair Marsden – Sales and Marketing Director, Dulas Ltd. Winner, Social Enterprise of the Year 2016.

How to Apply: Complete the online application form, along with any supporting documentation (maximum 2 pieces) by midnight on July 7th 2017. Shortlisted organisations will need to provide their most recent set of management accounts (including a profit/loss account and balance sheet), governing documents and a media pack. The accounts and governing documents are required to confirm that your enterprise meets the initial eligibility requirements.

For full details on how to apply see the Awards Guidelines.

All categories for this year are listed below:

Category 1 – UK Social Enterprise of the Year: a social enterprise that has also demonstrated and promoted social enterprise beyond the sector.

Category 2 – One to Watch: a social enterprise who can articulate their future vision and how they are going to achieve it showing growth in their model.

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

Category 4 – ’Buy Social’ – Market Builder: 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: A social enterprise who 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: A social enterprise in the health and social care sectors that can demonstrate excellence in their vision and strategic direction, among other criteria.

Category 7 – Consumer Facing Social Enterprise: A social enterprise that produces or delivers a retail product or service to the general public.

Category 8 – Education, Training & Jobs Social Enterprise: A social enterprise in the education, training or employment sectors that can demonstrate excellence in their vision and strategic direction, among other criteria.

Category 9 – Environmental Social Enterprise: in the green and environmental sectors that can demonstrate excellence in their vision and strategic direction, among other criteria.

Category 10 – Tech for Good: Technology Social Enterprise: A social enterprise that uses technology to achieve social impact.

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

Category 12 – International Impact: A UK based social enterprise that work internationally, and are having a big impact in their field.

Category 13 – Transformative Community Business: A locally rooted social enterprise that trades for the benefit of the local community, is accountable to that community and makes impact within it.

For full criteria details for each category see the appendix in the Awards Guidelines.

Any questions? If you have any questions or queries about the Awards, please email the team at