Scotland’s Social Enterprise Awards 2015 Launched

Posted: 28 May 2015, in Press Release (#SEawards2015)

Date: Thursday 28 May 2015
Embargo: Immediate
Contact: Fraser Kelly 0131 243 2650 / 07501 221 582


Scotland’s Social Enterprise Awards 2015 Launched

Access the information pack and application/nomination forms now.

Scotland’s annual awards for innovation and success in social enterprise are now open for entries! Social Enterprise Scotland is calling on all social enterprises to step up and demonstrate how they’re improving Scotland’s economy and society. The deadline for award applications is Friday 10 July.

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

“We want all businesses to be social enterprises. Social enterprise is a more sustainable and progressive way to do business. The Social Enterprise Awards Scotland 2015 is a prime opportunity for social enterprises of all types to step up and be counted and show us how they’re changing Scotland. We urge all social enterprises to apply. Best of luck to everyone!”

Audrey Carlin of Wasps Studios, winners of Social Enterprise of the Year 2014 said:

“It was fantastic for Wasps to win Social Enterprise of the Year last time. The recognition the award has given Wasps on a national level has been incredible and it has opened new doors for us as an organisation. We’d urge all Scottish social enterprises to put themselves forward for the awards this year.”

See all information about awards applications here. To request a social enterprise feature of any length for print, for further information or to arrange an interview about the awards, please contact: Fraser Kelly on 0131 243 2650 / 07501 221 582 or  

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.


Notes to Editors:

1 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.

2 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.

3 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.

4 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).
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