A mix of high profile private and public sector sponsors have been announced for this year’s Social Enterprise Awards Wales. Confirmed sponsors include Nat West, Landsker Business Solutions, BIC Innovation and Legal & General as well as Charity Bank and Big Ideas Wales. The awards will be held on September 29th in Cardiff.
The Social Enterprise Awards Wales celebrate the impact that social enterprises make in their communities and to the economy of Wales. They are designed to recognise the innovation, inspiration and perspiration required to set up, run and grow successful social enterprises.
This year’s event comes after the publication of research that demonstrates that social businesses (which include social enterprises) input around £1.7bn into the Welsh economy, and support in the region of 38,000 jobs.
This year, the Social Enterprise Awards Wales offers five categories.
‘Welsh Social Enterprise of the Year’ is sponsored by innovation and business consultants BIC Innovation. This award will be given to the social enterprise judged as the most innovative, inspirational or aspirational in Wales. This category is open to social enterprises that have been trading for more than two years.
‘One to Watch’ is sponsored by Landsker Business Solutions, a West Wales based business consultancy. The One to Watch award will celebrate newer social enterprises with the potential to grow and make a real impact in their community or local economy. This category is for social enterprises trading for less than two years.
‘Market Builder’ is sponsored by financial services provider Legal & General. This award is aimed at businesses and organisations which support the growth and development of social enterprises by utilising social enterprise friendly procurement and purchasing approaches.
The ‘Inspiring Youth Enterprise’ category is focussed on youth led social enterprises or socially enterprising projects involving youth leadership. This year it is sponsored by Big Ideas Wales, the Welsh Government’s youth entrepreneurship programme.
The ‘Social Enterprise Champion’ award will be sponsored by Nat West, the UKs largest retail and commercial bank. The Social Enterprise Champion award celebrates individuals or teams who have provided an inspiring contribution within a social enterprise or within the wider social business sector.
Charity Bank, an ethical bank driven to look after its customers and help charities flourish, is providing sponsorship for the Awards ceremony.
Organised by the Wales Co-operative Centre, with funding from the European Regional Development Fund and the Welsh Government, the Social Enterprise Awards Wales recognise the impact that social enterprises make in the Welsh economy and in Welsh communities.
Nomination forms can be downloaded from the Wales Co-operative Centre website. Nominations close at 5pm on Friday 10th July
Derek Walker, Chief Executive of the Wales Co-operative Centre commented,
“The social businesses in Wales are vibrant, dynamic and innovative. These Awards recognise the contribution that businesses with social aims make to the economy of Wales and the real difference they make in our communities.
“Social enterprises are working all across Wales, supplying services, training individuals, creating jobs and ensuring money stays in local communities.
“We welcome the commitment all five of our sponsors have made in recognising the very best in social enterprises in Wales”.
The Awards are organised in partnership with Social Enterprise UK. The winners will be decided by a panel of expert judges, including some of Wales’s leading social entrepreneurs, and announced at a ceremony which will take place at the Wales Millennium Centre in September.
Last year, the Social Enterprise of the Year Award was won by Greenstream Flooring. Ellen Petts is Greenstream’s Managing Director, she commented,
“Winning the Social Enterprise of the Year award last year was a great thank you for all our hard work. It has helped us to remember that being a social enterprise can make a real difference. We believe that the recognition the awards offer helps raise awareness for what we do and the impact that social enterprises can make.”