Celebrating social enterprises ‘Making a Mark’

Following the success of the Making a Mark competition last year, which celebrated the vast impact that accredited social enterprises make through their diverse activities, we have decided to repeat the competition this year.

L-R: Laura Burns (LWTC), Mark Sharman (Help&Care), Mark Cotton FRSA, Mona Karraoui (GEO), Gareth Hart (Iridescent Ideas)

The Making a Mark competition highlights examples of how accredited social enterprises are creating considerable social impact within their local communities and in wider society and the environment. In 2016, Help & Care were named as winners, with Llanwrtyd Wells Community Transport as the runner up.

The winner will be announced at a special reception at our annual conference (in Winchester) on 5th June 2017.

We will shortly be deciding a shortlist of finalists from our network of Social Enterprise Mark/Gold Mark holders, based on the social impact statements and any relevant reports that were submitted at their most recent renewal (between March 2016 and February 2017).

Social Enterprise Mark/Gold Mark holders are invited to update this information for consideration in the competition – if you would like to do so, please submit new statements and any relevant reports to Lara Wylie by the end of February.

This year, we have kept the criteria deliberately broad. Whilst we will take account of how carefully Mark Holders have measured their social impact and can show how income has been used to maximise this, we are also interested in how succinctly they have described their achievements in this regard and what sort of story these tell about the kind of social enterprise they are.

The shortlist, decided by the Social Enterprise Mark CIC team, will be announced at the start of April, when it will go to a public vote, which will account for 50% of the final result, with the vote of the independent Certification Panel accounting for the other 50%.