iSE | Social Enterprise Awards 2019

The Social Enterprise Awards, hosted by Social Enterprise UK (SEUK) are the biggest celebration of social enterprise in the sector and a truly inspiring evening that shouts loudly about the social impact created by social enterprises throughout the UK.

The Awards, held in the prestigious London Guildhall, recognise the achievements of social enterprises and supporters in 14 different categories, including Social Enterprise of the Year, Women’s Champion, ‘Buy Social’ Market builder and the One to Watch.

The Awards were hosted by musician, journalist and Church of England priest, Reverend Richard Coles.

This year iSE’s CEO Sarah Crawley was shortlisted for the Woman in Social Enterprise Award in recognition of excellence in her field of work.

Sarah has been a pioneer developing social enterprise places through the Digbeth Social Enterprise Quarter and Birmingham Social Enterprise City and has championed women in social enterprise especially in some of the most deprived wards in Birmingham.

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Sarah received Highly Commended – congratulations go to Marie Marin, founding CEO of ‘Employers For Childcare’ for taking home the award.

Not only that, but Sarah was thrilled to be awarded a SEUK Honorary Fellowship – an accolade that she likens to the ‘social enterprise Oscars’. She joins well-known figures such as Sophi Tranchell (Divine Chocolate), Clare Dove (Crown Representative for the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Sector) and Lord John Bird (The Big Issue).

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The evening itself had a clear message; social enterprise has to be the future of business. With the threat of climate disaster, an increasingly divided society and a faltering economy, social enterprise offers an alternative model that benefits both people and planet.

The Awards were also a brilliant example of how social enterprise can and should be done, with a delicious gourmet menu created and served by The Clink Charity.

You can see photos from the evening here courtesy of SEUK.

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