Fraser Kelly, Chief Executive of Social Enterprise Scotland, said:
“Social enterprises across Scotland are dealing positively with the impacts of welfare reform, preventing social problems, creating jobs, building communities through regeneration and helping the most vulnerable.
“These awards recognise the forward-thinking dynamism that is social enterprise in Scotland - businesses that exist purely to deliver on social and environmental aims. A huge congratulations to all the winners and to all those who entered the awards this year.”
Craig Sanderson from Link Group Ltd, the Social Enterprise of the Year award winner, said:
“We are extremely pleased to have received this recognition, particularly in view of the high calibre of the other finalists. Since Link was formed in 1962 it has, in effect, been a social enterprise - having successfully delivered not only its core activity of providing homes but also supporting individuals and regenerating and reinvesting in communities.
“We have been honoured many times in the past but are particularly proud of this one as it recognises not only our social impact but also our entrepreneurial and innovative approach to meet a whole range of challenges. And this recognition is for not only Link Group itself but also its subsidiary organisations - LinkLiving and Link, Horizon and Larkfield Housing Associations.”
John Swinney MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth, The Scottish Government said:
“Social enterprises play a key role in our social and economic well-being. They help create employment and skills opportunities, improve public services and support some of our hardest to reach individuals and communities.
“I am therefore delighted to help celebrate the success of the innovative and inspiring winners of this years’ Social Enterprise Awards Scotland.
“The Scottish Government is committed to doing all that it can to ensure that the social enterprise sector continues to flourish across the country during times of economic challenge. As part of this we are investing almost £50 million in an enterprising third sector between the two year period 2013 -15 to build the sector’s capacity and capability.”
The annual Social Enterprise Awards Scotland are organised by Social Enterprise Scotland, the industry body that unites social enterprises and their supporters into a strong campaigning force. Social Enterprise Scotland is the gateway to Scotland's social enterprise community and an independent, Scottish, membership-led organisation, built and controlled by social enterprises. The organisation is the first point of contact for the media and public and promotes a positive vision for social enterprise.