Social Enterprise of the Year Award 2022 Winner Spotlight: Hey Girls

Posted: 20 June 2023, in Awards

The Social Enterprise of the Year, Scotland, Award category is for a social enterprise that demonstrates a clear vision, excellence in impact, customer service and management and that little ‘something’ extra in terms of creativity and innovation. One such social enterprise that showed this and thus won this Award Category in 2022 was Hey Girls CIC, a multi-award winning period product social enterprise.

We caught up with Harriet Brooks from the Hey Girls Team to find out what the team have done since winning the Award, what it meant to them and any words of advice for future applicants to the Social Enterprise Awards Scotland 2023.

Why did you apply to the Social Enterprise Awards Scotland (SES) 2022?  

We felt the SES Awards were an excellent fit for us as an organisation and to celebrate our successes as a social enterprise organisation.

How did the SES Awards 2022 benefit you? 

It increased our visibility and enhanced our already solid reputation as a successful social enterprise with an authoritative voice on period poverty.

What progress have you made since winning the category you won in the SES Awards 2022?  

We have now succeeded over 30million donations, we have increased our team size and signed a new lease on much larger premises that we are due to move into later in 2023.

What would you say to someone considering entering the SES Awards 2022? 

Absolutely give it a go, you never know what may come from it!

What is next for your organisation – what can we look forward to or expect? 

New premises, ever growing team, new products and product development.

Anything else you’d like to add?

Hey Girls has created a range of lesson plans, conversation starters and educational content that are completely free and easy to download from our website. Whether you’re a teacher, parent or learning for yourself, click through the links on our website to find our helpful advice.

Organisation description – Hey Girls CIC:

At Hey Girls we are revolutionising periods as the only social enterprise that donates 100% of our profit to funding the fight to eradicate period poverty and lobby for period dignity across the UK.

In under 5 years, we have become the main provider of period products to the Scottish and Welsh government, delivered on huge corporate accounts and won tender contracts over big commercial names.

We are proud to be female lead and the only company to match our product sales exactly as donations – when you buy one, we donate one.

We distribute donations via our UK wide community partner network who work on the frontline to support vulnerable people.

As social enterprise of the year, we break records, boundaries, and bias when it comes to period equality to ensure everyone has access to sustainable products and inclusive education – for free!

Social Enterprise Scotland Awards 2023 are open!

The awards are a real opportunity to showcase the very best of the sector, highlighting the agility, ability and active role that social enterprises play in building places, supporting communities and making a positive impact on our environment and wellbeing. Apply before July 10th!

We have 9 categories available. This is your chance to spotlight the incredible work of your organisation, celebrate your achievements, demonstrate social impact and be recognised as best in sector. All Social Enterprises that operate in Scotland or individuals/organisations that work/volunteer in Scotland are eligible to enter. We have a helpful criteria which can guide you through your application. Simples!