Winners of Social Enterprise Awards Scotland 2014

Press Release

By Social Enterprise Scotland

www.socialenterprisescotland.org.uk
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Monday 27 October 2014
Embargo: Immediate
Contact: Duncan Thorp 0131 243 2650
duncan.thorp@socialenterprisescotland.org.uk
 

WINNERS OF SOCIAL ENTERPRISE AWARDS SCOTLAND 2014


Social Enterprise Scotland announced the winners of the Social Enterprise Awards Scotland 2014, at a special lunch event in Edinburgh today.


The Social Enterprise of the Year was Wasps Studios, based in Glasgow and operating across Scotland.


Awards will be presented to the winners at a Scottish Parliament reception on the evening of Tuesday 4 November, where social entrepreneurs will meet with MSPs and other key partners.


Fraser Kelly, Chief Executive of Social Enterprise Scotland said:


“Yet again a simply outstanding collection of social enterprise activity impressed the judging panel and resulted in worthy winners in all categories. Congratulations to all of the 2014 applicants who are, with imagination, creativity and dogged determination, showing the breadth, depth and reach of social enterprise in Scotland.”


John Swinney MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth, The Scottish Government said:


“Social enterprises play a key role in our social and economic well-being. They help create employment and skills opportunities, improve public services and support some of our hardest to reach individuals and communities. I am therefore delighted to help celebrate the success of the innovative and inspiring winners of this years’ Social Enterprise Scotland awards.”

 
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NOTES:

1 The winners are:
 
Category 1 - Social Enterprise of the Year - Wasps Studios (Glasgow and Scotland-wide). ng homes (ng2) was also highly commended in this category.
Category 2 - One to Watch - Lochbroom Woodfuels (Ullapool).
Category 3 - Prove It Social Impact - Cunninghame Housing Association - Citrus Energy (Ardrossan).
Category 4 - Social Enterprise Market Builder - City of Edinburgh Council & Edinburgh Social Enterprise Network (ESEN).
Category 5 - Inspiring Youth - Firstport (Beyond the Finish Line) and Icecream Architecture (Glasgow). Stonelaw High Fair Traders (schools winner, Rutherglen).
 
2 What is Social Enterprise? Social enterprises are innovative, independent businesses that exist specifically for social and/or environmental purposes. Social enterprise is a dynamic and inspiring way of doing business. Read more.
 
3 What examples are there? Diverse examples include: The Big Issue, The Wise Group, Divine Chocolate, Cornerstone, 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.

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