Nearly 300 people gathered in central London this week to hear who had won the top spots in this year’s NatWest SE100 Social Business Awards.
Seven awards were made to social enterprises working in many different parts of the UK, from Cornwall to Scotland. The winners were:
- Growth – Creating Enterprise
- Impact – ECT Charity
- Trailblazing Newcomer – InHouse Records
- Storyteller – Hubbub Enterprise
- Investment – Resonance
- Leadership – Fuad Muhamad, ACH
- Resilience – P3
The Top 100 social enterprises from those who applied were also listed, in this year’s NatWest SE100 index, which represents the ‘top 100’ social enterprises from all applicants based on a variety of criteria, with points awarded based on the seven awards (growth, impact, leadership, etc). Social Enterprise Mark CIC is delighted to be included on the index.
Speaking at the event, the judges said they had been impressed with the quality of submissions. Neil McLean, CEO of the Social Enterprise Academy and one of the external judges, said: “In an era marked by the continual withdrawal of public resources and the need for greater international collaboration to tackle global issues, to learn of these initiatives being led by entrepreneurial leaders in social enterprise is inspiring and brings a much-needed optimism for the future.
It has been an absolute privilege and a pleasure to be a part of the panel judging the 2019 SE100 awards. The entries are testament to the principle that it is not just possible for both social and business causes to be served and thrive but it’s an absolute imperative that it does so.”