Social Enterprise Scotland Announces Annual Awards Shortlist

Posted: 04 October 2012, in Press Release

Social Enterprise Scotland has announced the shortlist for the annual Scottish Social Enterprise Awards 2012 – with a 100% increase in applications compared to last year.

The awards trophies are all original artworks that have been commissioned from five Scottish creative social enterprises. Entries came from 18 different local authority areas.

Winners will be announced on 25th October and prizes will be presented by John Swinney MSP at the annual Scottish Parliament reception on 13th November. 

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

“I’m hugely impressed by the number and quality of applications we received for the Scottish Social Enterprise Awards this year. With a 100% increase in applications it just goes to show the imagination, strength and ambition of social enterprise in Scotland.”

Members of the media are welcome to attend the Scottish Parliament reception. Book free places on our website.

Social Enterprise Scotland is an independent, Scottish, membership-led organisation, built and controlled by social enterprises.


Notes to Editors:

  1. The shortlist is as follows:

Social Enterprise Leader 


James Dunbar (New Start Highland)


Randy Klinger (Moray Arts Centre)


Robert Tamburrini (NG Homes)



Start Up Social Enterprise 


Identity Artwork


MY Adventure


Talking Mats



Social Enterprise of the Year 


Atlantis Leisure

Argyll & Bute

Factory Skatepark


Furniture Plus


Mellow Parenting



Social Enterprise Supporter 


Glasgow Caledonian University


International Network of Street Papers (INSP)


Unity Trust Bank



Youth Social Enterprise 




Meru Bead Group


Udston Primary School (Earthly Enterprises)

South Lanarkshire

2. The judging panel were:

    Linda Hanna (Chair), Director of Company Growth, Scottish Enterprise
    Alf Young, Freelance journalist and Chairman of Social Investment Scotland
    Angus Hardie, Director, Scottish Community Alliance
    Fiona MacDonald, Manager of GREAN and previous winner of Social Enterprise of the Year
    Gordon Merrylees, Regional Managing Director, RBS Business Banking
    Lucia Webster (Due Diligence) Consultant, PwC

3. What is social enterprise? Social enterprises are independent businesses that exist specifically for social and/or environmental purposes. Social enterprises operate in all markets, selling goods and services to individual consumers, local authorities, central government and private businesses. Social enterprises exist to make a profit just like any private sector business. However, profits or surpluses they make are always reinvested into their social and environmental purposes, they have an ‘asset lock’. Without making a profit, social enterprises cannot meet their social and environmental objectives – they must trade to be sustainable. The term “social enterprise” should not be confused with, for example, private sector businesses that operate in an ethical way, charities that do not trade or trade very little or public sector arms-length companies.

4. What examples are there? Hebridean Chocolates (Stornoway), The Big Issue, Kibble (Paisley), The Engine Shed (Edinburgh), The Wise Group (Glasgow), Aberdeen Foyer, Bookdonors (Scottish Borders), Buchan Dial-a-Community Bus, Centre of Health and Wellbeing, Link Group Ltd (Edinburgh), Impact Arts, Skye Permaculture Ltd, Institute of Local Television, Media Co-op and North Glasgow Housing Association.

5. What is Social Enterprise Scotland? Social Enterprise Scotland is The Voice of Social Enterprise – bringing together social enterprises and their supporters into a strong campaigning force. We are your gateway to Scotland’s social enterprise community. Social Enterprise Scotland is an independent, Scottish, membership-led organisation, built and controlled by social enterprises. Membership is open to anyone. We are based in Edinburgh city centre with a staff team of five (four full-time and one part-time) plus one part-time office volunteer. We are a registered Company Limited by Guarantee: SC294227. We were originally incorporated in 2005 as the ‘Scottish Social Enterprise Coalition’ and rebranded at the end of 2011 as ‘Social Enterprise Scotland’. We work in partnership with many other organisations in and outwith the broad social enterprise movement, in particular with Social Firms Scotland, Senscot and The Scottish Government.