Scotland’s Social Enterprise Awards 2016 Now Live!

Posted: 26 May 2016, in Press Release


Date: Thursday 26 May 2016

Embargo: Immediate

Contact: Fraser Kelly 0131 243 2650 / 07501 221 582


Scotland’s Social Enterprise Awards 2016 Now Live!

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 helping people – and gain recognition for their many achievements.

The deadline for award applications is Monday 11 July 2016. All information is at:


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

“Social enterprise is about creating a new type of economy and society that benefits us all. The Social Enterprise Awards Scotland 2016 will provide an opportunity for social enterprises to demonstrate how they are doing exactly that in communities across Scotland. Best of luck to all applicants.”


Ingrid Webb of COPE Ltd, Winners of Social Enterprise of the Year 2015 said:

“We were delighted to have been awarded the accolade of Scottish Social Enterprise of the Year in 2015. Since then we have enjoyed making new connections and hosting visits from other social enterprises from all over Scotland. The Award has raised our profile, brought our team closer together and given us the confidence and ambition to do more.”


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 in 2014. 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.”


Information on categories, eligibility, how to apply and the latest news from this year’s awards programmes can be found at:

To request a social enterprise feature of any length for print or 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.




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, 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).