Winners of Social Enterprise Awards Scotland 2018 Announced

Posted: 07 November 2018, in Press Release

Winners of Social Enterprise Awards Scotland 2018 announced


The winners of Scotland’s annual awards for innovation and success in social enterprise were announced at an awards ceremony in The Scottish Parliament last night.

The winner of Social Enterprise of the Year 2018 is CCI Scotland, Environmental Social Enterprise was awarded to Point and Sandwick Trust and the One to Watch winner is Caledonia Cremation.

Social Enterprise Scotland issued a call for applications earlier in the year, urging Scotland’s social enterprises to demonstrate how they’re improving our economy and society.

Shona Sinclair, Chair of Social Enterprise Scotland, said:

“Congratulations to all the winners of the Social Enterprise Awards Scotland 2018. A big thanks to everyone who entered the awards this year, reflecting the diverse range of organisations that are helping build a better economy and a fairer Scotland. Alongside our new Chief Executive we look forward to the further growth and development of Scotland’s social enterprise movement.”

Niall McShannon, Managing Director, CCI Scotland, winners of Social Enterprise of the Year 2018 said:

“Everyone at CCI is delighted and humbled to be endorsed as Scotland’s social enterprise of the year for 2018. I believe that it’s testament to our asset based, person centred model and to the hard work and dedication of our staff and board. More importantly, it recognises the powerful values and commitment of our participants and volunteers, who despite a range of challenges turn up at CCI every week in order to make a contribution to their community.”

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 The full list of winners of the Social Enterprise Awards Scotland 2018:

Environmental Social Enterprise (Category Sponsor – Highlands and Islands Enterprise)

Winner – Point and Sandwick Trust – a charitable organisation that supports the development of community projects in its villages on the Isle of Lewis, and the wider Western Isles entirely from the profit created by ownership and operation of the Beinn Ghrideag community wind farm. / @PointSandwick

Highly Commended – Remade in Edinburgh – The Edinburgh Remakery is a community repair hub and second-hand shop run by the social enterprise Remade in Edinburgh. They run workshops and teach different repair techniques and skills around sewing and textiles, IT, phones and computers, and furniture and woodwork. / @EdinRemakery

One to Watch (Category Sponsor – The Big Issue Invest with Power Up Scotland Partners (Aberdeen Standard Investments, Brodies and The University of Edinburgh)

Winner – Caledonia Cremation – Caledonia Cremation is Scotland’s first and only social enterprise funeral directors. Caledonia Cremation seeks to promote equality by providing the same simple but flexible funeral – for anyone rich or poor, anywhere in Scotland.

Social Impact (Category Sponsor – Social Value Lab)

Winner – GTS Solutions – GTS Solutions CIC is the only social enterprise operating in the Scottish private security industry. They train staff over and above the required level of Door Supervision to include qualifications such as First Aid, Safeguarding Children, SCPLH and much more. / @GTSSolutions

Social Enterprise Champion – under 26 (Category Sponsors – Firstport and Challenges Worldwide)

Winner – Jordan McPhail (Aspire Community Solutions)

Jordan McPhail is Managing Director and founder of Aspire Community Solutions – a social enterprise who deliver construction, landscaping and cleaning services to the public and private sector.

Highly Commended – Callum MacKinnon (bOunceT: innovative Occupational Therapy)

Callum MacKinnon set up bOunceT (formerly Forth Valley Rebound Therapy Service CIC) in 2016 at just 23 years of age and whilst still at GCU working towards an Occupational Therapist degree.

Social Enterprise Champion – over 26 (Category Sponsor – Royal Bank of Scotland)

Winner – Helen Houston (Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust)

Helen Houston is Development Manager at Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust and has worked in community development for over twenty five years. Everywhere Helen has worked she has brought about massive improvement to the communities in both the physical environment and the lives of people living in the communities.

Social Enterprise of the Year (Category Sponsor – Keegan and Pennykid)

Winner – CCI Scotland

CCI Scotland is a unique social enterprise, incorporating a charity that delivers exceptional person centred programmes to individuals with a range of support needs and a professional construction company that delivers outstanding quality and value on a range of landscape and minor civil contracts. / @CCInitiatives

2 The original shortlist for the 2018 awards:

Social Enterprise of the Year

CCI Scotland The Experience Link Group Point and Sandwick Trust Showcase the Street

One to Watch

Caledonia Cremation Fearless Femme Hey Girls CIC Invisible Cities Quay Community Improvements CIC

Environmental Social Enterprise

Point and Sandwick Trust Remade in Edinburgh ReTweed Scene Connect Ltd Transport Planning and Engineering

Social Impact

Cre8te Opportunities GTS Solutions CIC The Spark

Social Enterprise Champion – over 26

Helen Houston Jonny Kinross Josiah Lockhart Hazel Smith Danielle Trudeau

Social Enterprise Champion – under 26

Lily Asch Callum MacKinnon Jordan McPhail Iman Mouloudi Alison Wood