Social Enterprise Scotland Awards 2011

Posted: 17 November 2010, in Press Release


The Coalition has launched its second annual Social Enterprise Awards, a competition to find Scotland’s best social enterprises. Social enterprises are invited to submit entries in the following categories:

  • Social Enterprise Start Up of the Year

    The prize will consist of up to three days of support from Firstport’s business support team. The team will work with you to look at any questions facing the business, helping you build on the success of the award and move ahead with your enterprise.

    Two delegate tickets to S2S Social Enterprise Fair 2011


  • Social Enterprise Leader of the Year

    This prize will consist of a place on the Academy’s Leadership Certificate Programme.  Accredited by the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM) this programme consists of 12 days over one year with a group of peers from the Social Enterprise Sector.  The programme is designed as a reflective learning journey integrating leadership theory with your own practice.  This transformational leadership programme will boost your abilities as an effective leader, helping you to enhance the performance of your team.  The value of this prize is over £2,500 at market value.

    Two delegate tickets to S2S Social Enterprise Fair 2011


  • Young Person’s Social Enterprise of the Year

    Johnston Carmichael, Scotland’s largest firm of independent chartered accountants and business advisers, are delighted to be working with the Scottish Social Enterprise Coalition and will provide the prize of a strategy session with our expert team.  In the workshop we will help leaders of social enterprise evaluate their long-term objectives and look at the steps they need to take to move the organisation forward. Some of the benefits of this will be: Direction is established for you and your organisation, Further motivation is derived and Provision of an excellent framework which will help your business to adapt to change.

    £200 Co-op Gift Vouchers


  • Social Enterprise of the Year

    This prize will consist of a day of consulting support from PwC Scotland; one of the country’s leading professional services firms, and is worth well over £1,000 at market rates. A PwC consultant will have an initial discussion with the winner in order to define the support which would be most appropriate, and will then find a suitable specialist to carry out the work. This is likely to involve working with the leader or executive team of the winning enterprise on a particular strategic issue. PwC will bring insight and experience to support the winning organisation in meeting the challenge or seizing the opportunity, and will provide practical suggestions for next steps.

    Four delegate tickets to S2S Social Enterprise Fair 2011


Winners will be announced by John Swinney MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth on 24th February 2011 at a reception hosted by PricewaterhouseCoopers at their Glasgow premises – 141 Bothwell Street, Glasgow. 

The best social enterprises from the Scottish awards will go on to compete against Northern Ireland, England and Wales at the UK national awards at the Voice ’11 conference at O2 Arena in London in March 30th.

Apply now
Download the application form (Word, about 500KB)

Submitting your application

If you need any help with the application form or if you would like this application form in a different format please call us on 0131 243 2650. 

Email your completed application to along with your accounts. You will also need to print off a copy and post it to The Scottish Social Enterprise Coalition, Thorn House, 5 Rose Street, Edinburgh EH2 2PR.

Deadline for applications: 5pm, Tuesday 18 January 2011.


 This year’s Social Enterprise Awards Scotland are sponsored by:

PwC logo

Firstport logo

SSEA logo

Cohnston_Carmichael logo

There are also three brand new categories for the UK awards. Applications in these categories must be submitted directly to the Social Enterprise Coalition; full details can be found on the forms which can be downloaded here –

Social Enterprise Mark Holder

This award is open to applications from any social enterprise that holds the social enterprise mark

Social Enterprise Unsung Hero

This award is open to applications from any individual who is championing social enterprise as a way of doing business

Social Enterprise Partner

This award is open to applications from any public or private sector organisation that have partnered with a social enterprise

Deadline for applications: 5pm, Tuesday 18 January 2011

Please call 020 7793 2323 or email

Social Enteprise Awards Scotland: Celebrating the best Scottish Social Enterprises