Welcome to the Social Enterprise Awards Scotland Hall of Fame!

There is always much to celebrate about the impact of social enterprise in Scotland at both a local and national level. Our awards are designed to raise the profile of social enterprise and we duly note that without such fabulous organisations on the ground this would of course not be possible.

The UK Social Enterprise Awards were launched in 2009 to celebrate the best of social enterprise across the UK. Social Enterprise UK developed a UK social enterprise awards framework which also provided the opportunity to develop the annual Social Enterprise Awards Scotland. The winners in most categories of the Social Enterprise Awards Scotland are automatically short-listed in the UK Social Enterprise Awards (depending on which categories are chosen by Social Enterprise Scotland).

The Awards, organised by Social Enterprise Scotland, recognise excellence and outstanding achievements by social enterprises – businesses that reinvest their profits for social and environmental good – that demonstrate they’re improving and building a better economy and fairer society.


Alumni by year

Since 2009 we have awarded 56 (up to 2022) organisations and individuals. Listed below is each year and you can see the Alumni from each category by clicking on the year.

2009

  • Social Enterprise of the Year – SE Clydebank (Small) & Alloa Community Enterprises (Large)
  • One to Watch – The Breadmaker

2010 (no Awards)

2011

  • Social Enterprise of the Year – Factory Skatepark
  • One to Watch – Talking Mats
  • Market Builder – International Network of Street Papers
  • Social Enterprise Champion – Robert Tamburrini (ng Homes)
  • Inspiring Youth (Schools) – Udston Primary School

2012

  • Social Enterprise of the Year – GREAN
  • One to Watch – Hebridean Chocolates
  • Social Enterprise Champion – Susan Aktemel (Homes for Good)
  • Inspiring Youth (Schools) – Stonelaw High Fair Traders

2013

  • Social Enterprise of the Year – Link Group
  • One to Watch – Fun Factory
  • Market Builder – North Lanarkshire Council
  • Education or Training Social Enterprise – Calman Trust & Big Kids Enterprises (Schools)

2014

  • Social Enterprise of the Year – Wasps Studios
  • One to Watch – Lochbroom Woodfuels
  • Social Impact – Cunninghame Housing Association
  • Market Builder – City of Edinburgh Council & ESEN
  • Inspiring Youth (Business) – Icecream Architecture CIC
  • Inspiring Youth (Schools) – Stonelaw High Fair Traders

2015

  • Social Enterprise of the Year – COPE Ltd
  • One to Watch – Eurobiotix CIC
  • Social Impact – Cre8te Opportunities Ltd
  • Market Builder – Strathclyde Partnership for Transport
  • Social Enterprise Champion – Isobel Grigor (Calman Trust)
  • Inspiring Youth (Schools) – Arkleston Primary Schoool

2016

  • Social Enterprise of the Year – Homes for Good CIC
  • One to Watch – Freedom Bakery
  • Social Impact – Social Enterprise Academy
  • Market Builder – Social Investment Scotland
  • Social Enterprise Champion – Clare Carpenter (The Melting Pot)
  • Inspiring Youth (Business) – Edinburgh Student Arts Festival

2017

  • Social Enterprise of the Year – Grassmarket Community Project
  • One to Watch – Projekt 42
  • Social Impact – INCH Architecture and Design Ltd
  • Market Builder – CRNS Reuse Consortium
  • Social Enterprise Champion – Chris Martin (Callander Youth Project Trust)

2018

  • Social Enterprise of the Year – CCI Scotland
  • One to Watch – Caledonia Cremation
  • Social Impact – GTS Solutions
  • Environmental – Point and Sandwick Trust
  • Social Enterprise Champion – Helen Houston (Invergordon Development Trust)
  • Social Enterprise Champion (under 26) – Jordan McPhail (Aspire Community Solutions)

2019

  • Social Enterprise of the Year – CFINE
  • One to Watch – Scotland’s Bravest Manufacturing Co
  • Social Impact – The Spark
  • Market Builder – PwC
  • Environmental – The Shieling Project
  • Social Enterprise Champion – Paul McColgan (Community Development Trust)

2020

No Awards due to COVID

2021

Digital Showcase due to COVID

2022

  • Social Enterprise of the Year – Hey Girls
  • One to Watch – Coffee Saints
  • Market Builder – Social Supermarket
  • Environmental – Lingo Flamingo
  • Social Enterprise Champion – Catherine Jones (Grassmarket Community Project)
  • Volunteer Champion – Adam Leishman (Fareshare Glasgow)

2023

Will be announced on October 26th at the 2023 Social Enterprise Awards Scotland ceremony.

All information is correct based on the Award year.