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"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." The Deadline to apply has been extended! Alistair Marsden – Sales and Marketing Director, Dulas Ltd 

Winner, Social Enterprise of the Year 2016

The UK Social Enterprise Awards for 2017 will be held on the 23rd of November in central London. The Awards recognise organisations for their business excellence and contribution to society, as well as the achievements of people working at the heart of the sector. 

Why apply? Click here for 10 reasons why you should apply for the Awards.

Applications close on the 14th July 2017.

Keep an eye on this page for more updates on the 2017 Awards.

How to apply

Complete the online application form, along with any supporting documentation (maximum 2 pieces) by midnight on July 14th 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 initial eligibility requirements.

For full details on how to apply see the Awards Guidelines

What makes a winning application? Click here for our top tips.

Categories

There are two new Awards categories for 2017 - these are 'Tech for Good' (Category 10) and 'Transformative Community Business' (Category 13).

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 YearA 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 EnterpriseA 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: A 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 BusinessA locally rooted social enterprise that trades for the benefit of the local community, is accountable to that community and makes impact within it. The Consumer Facing Category at 2017 UK Social Enterprise Awards will this year be run as a Reader's Choice Award through our media partner The Big Issue. Shortlisted applicants will be featured in the magazine and on The Big Issue's digital channels and readers will be able to vote online for their favourite organisation. There is also the potential for suitable applicants to sell some of their products in The Big Issue Shop throughout the Readers' Choice Campaign.

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

The Consumer Facing Category at 2017 UK Social Enterprise Awards will this year be run as a Reader's Choice Award through our media partner The Big Issue. Shortlisted applicants will be featured in the magazine and on The Big Issue's digital channels and readers will be able to vote online for their favourite organisation. There is also the potential for suitable applicants to sell some of their products in The Big Issue Shop throughout the Readers' Choice Campaign.

Any questions? If you have any questions or queries about the Awards, please email the team at applications@seukevents.org

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