iSE | A week of Awards Celebrating Female Social Entrepreneurship

It’s been a busy week with award ceremonies in Birmingham and London celebrating the impact of female entrepreneurship.

iSE CEO Sarah Crawley was nominated for both the HSBC sponsored Forward Ladies (FL) National Awards Summit 2018 and the WISE100 for her commitment to championing women in social enterprise.

And we’re delighted to announce that she won! Taking the trophy in the FL Awards Female Social Entrepreneur Category where she was nominated alongside the fantastic Rosie Ginday of Miss Macaroon.

Sarah accepting the award for Female Social Entrepreneur in the FL National Awards

Sarah accepting the award for Female Social Entrepreneur in the FL National Awards

This year’s WISE100 was themed ‘ sharing the stage’, and  in the spirit of this, the list  featured only first-time nominees, with an additional list published that recognised the 19 women who were nominated for two years running.

Sarah Crawley recognised for the second year running.

Sarah alongside the other influential women recognised in the WISE100 list for the second year running

During a panel discussion, speakers explored ways to create space for more women to drive the impact economy and the responsibility of female leaders to help less experienced colleagues and peers, the importance of role models, and the need to create a more diverse social enterprise sector for the future.

Panel speakers at the WISE100

Panel speakers at the WISE100 held at Coutts, London

Huge congratulations go out to the other Birmingham-based social entrepreneurs who made the final list, we’re super happy to see four of the social enterprises we’ve supported being recognised on a national platform.

Well done to Jane Strand (Wild Oyster CIC), La’Toyah Lewis (Rising Stars Property Solutions), Melanie Glass (Devenishgirl Bakery) and Toni-Anne Butterworth (Wellbeing SOS CIC) – a recent graduate of our Natwest-funded women’s FUSE enterprise start-up programme.

To see even more women supported to start enterprises and social enterprises, vote for our project in the Natwest Skills and Opportunities Fund, giving women from disadvantaged communities access to business support, mentoring and peer-led networks.

Next up for iSE the Birmingham Awards on the 24th of November. Keep those fingers crossed!