Winners of Social Enterprise Awards Scotland 2017 Announced

Press Release

By Social Enterprise Scotland


The winners of Scotland’s annual awards for innovation and success in social enterprise have been announced at an event in The Scottish Parliament.
 
The winner of Social Enterprise of the Year is the Grassmarket Community Project in Edinburgh, Social Enterprise Champion was awarded to Chris Martin of Callander Youth Project Trust and the One to Watch winner is Projekt 42.

Social Enterprise Scotland issued a call for applications earlier in the year, urging Scotland’s social enterprises to demonstrate how they’re improving our economy and society.

Fraser Kelly, Chief Executive, Social Enterprise Scotland, said:

“We’re delighted to announce the winners of Social Enterprise Awards Scotland 2017. Social enterprises in every corner of Scotland are building a better economy and a fairer society. The Social Enterprise Awards Scotland is a unique opportunity for social enterprises to gain serious recognition for their achievements and raise their public profile. A huge congratulations to the winners and to everyone who took the time and effort to enter this year.”

Jonny Kinross, Chief Executive of the Grassmarket Community Project, Winners of Social Enterprise of the Year 2017, said:

“We are so delighted to win Social Enterprise of the Year 2017. I’m so proud of our team, our volunteers, our staff but above all the members of our project who inspire and motivate us. We’d like to congratulate all the winners and finalists tonight - together we have created a sector to be proud of and proven time and time again how business can change the lives of our most vulnerable, creating a fairer, more inclusive world.”

The Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities, Angela Constance MSP, said:

“I would like to offer my congratulations to all the winners of this year’s Social Enterprise Scotland Awards. Having recently launched a ten-year strategy to grow social enterprise in Scotland, it’s vital we continue to recognise and celebrate the talent of Scotland’s social entrepreneurs. Throughout Scotland, these individuals work tirelessly to improve their communities through the power of social enterprise, reinvesting all profits into social or environmental missions.

“I am pleased that this year’s social enterprise census shows there are now 5,600 social enterprises in Scotland - one social enterprise for every 1,000 people. There are now more start-ups and more social enterprises trading directly with the public than ever before. Our nation is now recognised as a world leader in social enterprise, and is confirmed as host of next year’s Social Enterprise World Forum. This is another excellent opportunity to put Scotland’s social enterprise sector on the world stage, welcoming friends and neighbours from around the globe and celebrating all we have achieved.”

The awards event also included the announcement of the winners of the Social Innovation Competition from Firstport, that celebrates individuals and start up companies using their creativity to solve pressing social issues.

To request a social enterprise feature of any length for print or to arrange an interview about the awards, please contact: Duncan Thorp 0131 243 2650 / 07501 221 581 / duncan.thorp@socialenterprise.scot  

Social Enterprise Scotland is The Voice of Social Enterprise - uniting social enterprises and their supporters into a strong campaigning force. We're your gateway to Scotland's social enterprise community. We’re an independent, Scottish, membership-led organisation, built and controlled by social enterprises. We're the first point of contact for the media and public and promote a positive vision for social enterprise.

ENDS

Notes:

1 The full list of winners of the Social Enterprise Awards Scotland 2017:

Social Enterprise of the Year

Grassmarket Community Project - The Grassmarket Community Project supports socially isolated vulnerable adults and provides them with a range of support services as well as the opportunity to train, volunteer or work in anyone of their 5 social enterprises which include: an events space, a café, a staff canteen, a recycled wood workshop and textiles enterprise. grassmarket.org / @GCP_Edinburg
 
One to Watch Award

PROJEKT 42 - Projekt 42 works hard to strengthen the connection between physical fitness and mental health through carefully crafted fitness classes, life coaching and counselling. projekt42.co.uk / @Projekt42Edi
 
Social Impact Award

INCH Architecture & Design Ltd / Sir Robert McAlpine - INCH Architecture & Design is a social enterprise architecture & research practice, committed in company style and ethos to improving the built environment and the communities in which we build. Great design should be for benefit of all. inch-architecture.co.uk / @INCH_arch
 
‘Buy Social’ Market Builder Award 
 
Community Resources Network Scotland (CRNS Reuse Consortium) - The CRNS Reuse Consortium aims to provide a more sustainable and affordable choice to customers and local authorities alike, by offering the option of purchasing reuse furniture instead of new. crns.org.uk / @crnscotland
 
Tech for Good: Technology in Social Enterprise

Instant Neighbour - Instant Neighbour support those on low incomes to set up home, by selling low cost, good quality 2nd hand furniture. instantneighbour.co.uk / @Instneighbour

Social Enterprise Champion
 
Chris Martin (Callander Youth Project Trust) - Chris has been Managing Director at CYPT for 6 years and has shown exceptional strategic leadership taking the project from a small room in McLaren Learning Centre to establishing a successful suite of social enterprises consisting of a 5* hostel, café and events venue in the newly refurbished Callander Hostel.
 
Social Enterprise Champion - Highly Commended
 
Andrew Bailie (Freshsight) - Andrew Bailie is the director of FreshSight, a student run social enterprise which provides consultancy services for socially driven organisations. Last year, he doubled the number of social enterprise projects, in order to position the students closer to the social innovation scene and maximise FreshSight's impact. freshsight.com
 
2 The shortlist for the 2017 awards:

Social Enterprise of the Year
Buth Bharraigh Ltd
Grassmarket Community Project
St Andrews First Aid & Training Supplies Ltd

One to Watch Award
Community Resources Network Scotland (CRNS Reuse Consortium)
PROJEKT 42
Social Stuff Ltd
Spirits for Good CIC
The Ally Bally Bee Project

Social Impact Award
Callander Youth Project Trust
Highlands and Islands Social Enterprise Zone
INCH Architecture & Design Ltd / Sir Robert McAlpine

‘Buy Social’ – Market Builder Award
Business Gateway / City of Edinburgh Council
Community Resources Network Scotland (CRNS Reuse Consortium)
Legal Spark Law Centre

Tech for Good: Technology in Social Enterprise
Instant Neighbour
Scene Connect Ltd
Viarama

Social Enterprise Champion
Andrew Baillie, Freshsight
Liberty Bligh, The Libertie Project
Colin Higgins, YES Works
Chris Martin, Callander Youth Project Trust
Briana Pegado, Edinburgh Student Arts Festival
Chris Thewlis, GTS Solutions, Beer for Good CIC, Spirits for Good CIC

3 What is Social Enterprise? Social enterprise is a dynamic and inspiring way of doing business. Social enterprises are innovative, independent businesses that exist specifically for social and/or environmental purposes. Read more here.

4 What examples are there? Diverse examples include: The Big Issue, The Wise Group, Divine Chocolate, Kibble Education and Care Centre, Glasgow Housing Association, Isle of Eigg Heritage Trust, Link Group Ltd, the Eden Project in Cornwall, Capital Credit Union, The Grameen Foundation, Mondragon Corporation in the Basque Country and the Homeless World Cup.

5 Where can I see social enterprise in action? There's probably a social enterprise running a shop, art gallery, sports centre or cafe in your local area - take a look at the Directory of Social Enterprise here or contact us. The media and others can contact us to arrange visits.

6 What types of social enterprise exist? Social enterprise is a diverse community and the more-than-profit approach is used by a huge range of organisations, of every size, operating in every corner of Scotland and in most sectors of the economy. A social enterprise can simply be a Company Limited by Guarantee with an appropriate "asset lock" and social mission etc, it could also be a registered charity. These are some of the common types and a social enterprise is often one or more of these: Co-operatives and Mutuals, Social Firms, Community Interest Companies (CICs), Development Trusts, Credit Unions and Housing Associations (aka Registered Social Landlords or RSLs).

Our media partners for 2017 are: Media Co-op, MeToo! magazine, Moving Arts Scotland and The Ferret.

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