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UK Social Enterprise Awards opens with new categories
The 2017 Social Enterprise Awards have opened to applications for 2017 with two new award categories: 'Tech for Good' (Category 10) and 'Community Business of the year' (Category 13).
The Awards, which are hosted by Social Enterprise UK (SEUK), recognise social enterprise organisations for their business excellence and contribution to society. They also seek to identify and reward the achievements of individuals working within the social enterprise sector.
UK social enterprises of any size may apply, providing that they trade primarily for social and/or environmental purposes, earn at least half of their income through trading activity, and commit at least half of their profits to social purposes or back into their business. They must also be able to show that their social purpose is evidenced in their governing documents.
This year there are 13 award categories:
Category 1 – UK Social Enterprise
Category 2 – One to Watch
Category 3 – Prove It: Social Impact
Category 4 – ’Buy Social’ - Market Builder
Category 5 – Social Investment Deal of the Year
Category 6 – Health & Social Care Social Enterprise
Category 7 – Consumer Facing Social Enterprise
Category 8 – Education, Training & Jobs Social Enterprise
Category 9 – Environmental Social Enterprise
Category 10 - Tech for Good: Technology Social Enterprise (new for 2017)
Category 11 – Women in Social Enterprise
Category 12 – International Impact
Category 13 - Community Business of the year (new for 2017)
Organisations which are not social enterprises are eligible to enter Category 4, Category 5 and Category 10, whilst Category 11 is open to women working in the social enterprise sector only. All the categories listed above are open to organisations from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
Category winners and the overall UK winner will receive an award presented at the ceremony. Winners also receive a package including PR support, mentoring and business support consultancy.
The closing date for applications is Friday 07 July 2017.