Nominations are now open for the 2020 UK Social Entrepreneur Index, which returns for a second year after celebrating the success of 29 of the UK’s most inspiring social entrepreneurs and a further ten ‘ones to watch’ in 2019.
The Index is a celebration of entrepreneurs running businesses with social purposes, with the aim of providing recognition whilst also acting as a benchmark for good practice to inspire the next generation. It delivers inspiring content through a digital campaign and an overall celebration event by shining the spotlight on the UK’s most purpose driven entrepreneurs and their businesses.
The Social Entrepreneur Index campaign, run by UMi, recognises and celebrates the passionate, driven and innovative people behind some of the best socially-aimed businesses in the UK. Throughout the campaign, experienced UK ambassadors and supporters will help promote social entrepreneurship and work with UMi to identify future role models to be recognised in the online index.
Nicki Clark, Chief Executive of UMi, explained: “For over a decade, UMi has been celebrating and inspiring entrepreneurship across the UK. We believe really strongly that by being a great business we can do great things that make a positive difference to other businesses and people’s lives.
“It’s fantastic to see the growing number of entrepreneurs that have a strong social purpose to their business from the outset.
“We know these trailblazing entrepreneurs don’t often find time to reflect on their success beyond their annual impact report, so we wanted to offer the opportunity to celebrate while gaining additional exposure for their work, as well as further connections and support.”
Commenting on her inclusion in the 2019 Index as one of the ‘Ten of the Best’, Claudine Adeyemi, Founder of Career Ear, said: “Being included in the list and the events is really amazing, because it’s kind of validating that there are other people that think this is an important message to get out to everyone; that you can do this, and that more businesses should be set up this way. That’s quite important for us.”
The Index has the support of eight ambassadors who were selected for being shining examples of how social entrepreneurs can make an impact on a local and international level. In addition to 2019’s supporter, Social Enterprise Mark CIC, the Index welcomes two new supporters for 2020 – Inspiring Women Changemakers and the School for Social Entrepreneurs.
Eligible social entrepreneurs can work in any field and be tackling a social or environmental issue at any scale from local to international. Entrants will act as beacons of inspiration for others to encompass positive social impact, and the Index will be a celebration of social entrepreneurship across the UK. Nominations for are open now at www.socialentsindex.co.uk.