Winners of Social Enterprise Awards 2016 announced

The awards event was held in the Scottish Parliament.

The awards event was held in the Scottish Parliament.

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

The winner of Social Enterprise of the Year is Homes for Good CIC, Social Enterprise Champion was awarded to Claire Carpenter of The Melting Pot and the One to Watch winner was Freedom Bakery CIC.

Social Enterprise Scotland issued a call for applications at the end of May, urging Scotland’s innovative social enterprises to demonstrate how they’re improving our economy and society.

Fraser Kelly, Chief Executive, Social Enterprise Scotland, said: “Social enterprise is about creating a fairer, more sustainable economy and a society that benefits everyone. The Social Enterprise Awards Scotland 2016 provide a unique opportunity for social enterprises to gain the public recognition they so rightly deserve. We’re always impressed by the very high standard and variety of applications. Congratulations to our winners and a big thank you to everyone who entered or was shortlisted.”

Ingrid Webb of COPE Ltd, Winners of Social Enterprise of the Year 2015 and one of the judges for 2016 said:

“We were delighted to have been awarded the accolade of Scottish Social Enterprise of the Year in 2015. Since then we have enjoyed making new connections and hosting visits from other social enterprises from all over Scotland. The Award has raised our profile, brought our team closer together and given us the confidence and ambition to do more. Congratulations to all the winners in 2016.”

The awards event also included the announcement of the winners of the Social Innovation Competition, part of the Year of Innovation Architecture & Design, seeking to uncover the best business ideas that address social and environmental issues.

To request a social enterprise feature of any length for print or to arrange an interview about the awards, please contact: Duncan Thorp 0131 243 2650 / 07501 221 581 / duncan.thorp@socialenterprisescotland.org.uk

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.