The Social Enterprise Awards, hosted by Social Enterprise UK (SEUK) are the biggest celebration of social enterprise in the sector and a truly inspiring evening that shouts loudly about the social impact created by social enterprises throughout the UK.
This year’s Awards ceremony, held in the prestigious London Guildhall, has just taken place and it recognised the achievements of social enterprises and supporters in fourteen different categories, including Social Enterprise of the Year, Women’s Champion, ‘Buy Social’ Market builder and the One to Watch.
The Awards were hosted by musician, journalist and Church of England priest, Reverend Richard Coles.
This year iSE’s CEO Sarah Crawley was shortlisted for the Woman in Social Enterprise Award in recognition of excellence in her field of work. Sarah has been a pioneer developing social enterprise places through the Digbeth Social Enterprise Quarter and Birmingham Social Enterprise City and has championed women in social enterprise especially in some of the most deprived wards in Birmingham.
But Sarah was thrilled to be awarded a SEUK Honorary Fellowship – an accolade that she likens to the ‘social enterprise Oscars’. She joins well-known figures such as Sophi Tranchell (Divine Chocolate), Clare Dove (Crown Representative for the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Sector) and Lord John Bird (The Big Issue) who have previously been awarded this title.
I’m not going to try and improve on the excellent coverage of the evening that Elizabeth Forrester at iSE provides over on the iSE blog — she was actually there and her first-hand account is the one to read.