Shortlist announced for Social Enterprise Awards Scotland 2017

Posted: 08 September 2017, in Press Release

We’re excited to announce the shortlisted applicants for the Social Enterprise Awards Scotland 2017!

Social Enterprise of the Year
Buth Bharraigh Ltd
Grassmarket Community Project
St Andrews First Aid & Training Supplies Ltd

One to Watch Award
Community Resources Network Scotland (CRNS Reuse Consortium)
Social Stuff Ltd
Spirits for Good CIC
The Ally Bally Bee Project

Social Impact Award
Callander Youth Project Trust
Highlands and Islands Social Enterprise Zone
INCH Architecture & Design Ltd / Sir Robert McAlpine

‘Buy Social’ – Market Builder Award
Business Gateway / City of Edinburgh Council
Community Resources Network Scotland (CRNS Reuse Consortium)
Legal Spark Law Centre

Tech for Good: Technology in Social Enterprise
Instant Neighbour
Scene Connect Ltd

Social Enterprise Champion
Andrew Bailie, Freshsight
Liberty Bligh, The Libertie Project
Colin Higgins, YES Works
Chris Martin, Callander Youth Project Trust
Briana Pegado, Edinburgh Student Arts Festival
Chris Thewlis, GTS Solutions, Beer for Good CIC, Spirits for Good CIC

Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony in The Scottish Parliament on the evening of Tuesday 7 November.

Fraser Kelly, Chief Executive, Social Enterprise Scotland, said:
“We’re delighted to announce the shortlist for the awards. We received around fifty applications of a very high standard and we look forward to submitting the shortlist to our independent judging panel. Social enterprises in every corner of Scotland are building a better economy and a fairer society. The Social Enterprise Awards Scotland is a unique opportunity for social enterprises to gain serious recognition for their achievements and dramatically raise their public profile.”
To request a social enterprise news 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 or

Our media partners for 2017 are: Media Co-op, MeToo! magazine, Moving Arts Scotland and The Ferret.

Why do you organise the social enterprise awards?
Social entrepreneurs should have their achievements recognised – take a step back, reflect on the progress you’re making and benchmark against a set of specific criteria. The awards allow you to appreciate the positive impact of your hard work and be recognised by your peers for your commitment.

A voice for those you’re helping – The awards are about acknowledging success, innovation and positive social impact, often for the benefit of excluded people in society – and ultimately about giving recognition and a voice to the people you’re helping.

Supporters and new starts can enter too – You don’t have to be a social enterprise to enter – there are categories for supporters and investors too. There’s also an award for those just starting out on their social enterprise journey.

Free marketing and promotion – essential for all social enterprises. Being shortlisted for, or winning an award, allows you to gain a higher public and media profile – it’s excellent free publicity and makes you stand out from the crowd.

A unique artwork trophy for display – a unique trophy designed by a social enterprise, plus an exclusive “Finalist” or “Winner” logo to use on your website, leaflets, vehicles and offices – adding to your reputation and influence and helping bring in more customers and building key relationships.

A profile beyond Scotland – The Social Enterprise Awards Scotland are part of an awards programme recognised and promoted across the whole of the UK and beyond – you have the opportunity to compete across the UK too.