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Northern Ireland Social Enterprise Awards Winners Announced 2013
Social Enterprise NI announces today the winners of this year’s annual Social Enterprise Awards held in Derry/Londonderry UK City of Culture.
Social Enterprise of the year is awarded to Ashton Community Trust. The start up category ‘One to Watch’ went to South Armagh Childcare Consortium, Consumer facing social Enterprise went to Willowbank Ltd, Social Enterprise market builder was awarded to the Northern Health and Social Care Trust. Social Investment deal was won by Drumlin wind energy co-operative for raising £2.7 million in community owned shares.
Full list of winners
Bryson recycling –Environmental SE
Stepping Stones NI – Education jobs and training
Willowbank Ltd – Consumer Facing
Bryson Care – Health and Social Care
Drumlin Wind Energy Cooperative- Social Investment Deal
Northern Health and Social Care Trust – Buy Social Market Builder
The Now Project - Social Impact
USEL – Innovation service or product
South Armagh Childcare Consortium – One to Watch
Derek McClure – Social Enterprise Leader of the year
Ashton Community Trust - Social Enterprise of the year
Third Sector mapping exercise
Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster and Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland have announced the findings of a mapping exercise into the third sector in Northern Ireland. You can access the report at the link below.
Leading Belfast Charity wins UK Social Enterprise of the Year
Award- UK Social Enterprise - East Belfast Mission
Sue Perkins, Neil Morris, Finance Director, Anne Walsh, Director of Business Development and Kate Markey, Managing Director, from CAN (sponsor of the award)
East Belfast Mission has won the highest award at the prestigious annual UK Social Enterprise Awards in London.
It received the prize of UK Social Enterprise of the Year for its work in providing vital jobs and community services through Skainos, its flagship social economy village in the Ballymacarrett area of Belfast.
It was a night of double celebration for the Northern Ireland Social Economy sector as the Belfast-based Music Theatre 4 Youth won the award for Best Youth Led Social Enterprise.
Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster said: “I am delighted that, for the second year in a row, the calibre of Northern Ireland social enterprises has been recognised at a national level. Both East Belfast Mission and Music Theatre 4 Youth are examples of social enterprises making a real difference in supporting local communities and growing our economy. I offer my warmest congratulations to both award winners.”
Both social enterprises received their awards at a glittering ceremony at Lord’s Cricket Ground in Marylebone from comedienne and presenter Sue Perkins, star of the Great British Bake Off. Paul Roberts, Chief Executive of Ashton Community Trust was runner-up in the Social Enterprise Leader category.
Winners of 2012 Belfast Business Awards
The cream of the Belfast business world was recognised and rewarded at the highly anticipated and hotly contested Belfast Business Awards held on 8 November 2012.
The awards took place in Belfast City Hall, with Tim Campbell as keynote speaker, winner of the first series of BBC One's The Apprentice programme and founder of the Bright Ideas Trust and hosted by the BBC's Sarah Travers. Awards were presented across the 11 award categories with the Best Social Economy Business award going to joint winners Ortus and East Belfast Mission. In addition another social enterprise, the MAC, won the Best Creative Business award making it a very successful evening for the sector.
Social Economy Work Programme
DETI has appointed Social Enterprise NI to deliver a three year Social Economy Work Programme (SEWP) in direct response to the findings of an independent evaluation of the Northern Ireland Social Economy Sector. The main objective of the SEWP is to develop and implement an agreed three year programme of initiatives to enable the continued growth of a sustainable social economy sector.
Social Enterprise NI is a consortium of social enterprises and social entrepreneurs which have come together to design, manage and deliver a programme of initiatives to support the continued development of a sustainable Northern Ireland social economy sector and to develop an environment where society profits and social enterprises excel at meeting community need.
Further details on the SEWP will be published when available.
Social Economy Initiatives
For details of programmes on Social Enterprise and the community and Voluntary sector click on the link below.