Jo encourages local social enterprises to take part in awards

Jo Swinson MP for East Dunbartonshire is encouraging local social enterprises and their supporters to enter Scotland’s annual awards for innovation and development in the field.

Nominations are now open for social enterprises to demonstrate how they’re changing lives in our communities. 

This year there are a total of 10 main award categories open to social enterprises including specific awards that public sector bodies and charities may also apply for. The deadline for nominations is 10 August 2013.

Commenting Jo said:

“Social enterprises do great work maximising the amount of social good they create while trying to achieve their financial goals.

“Earlier this week I spoke to a group at Social Enterprise UK’s summit where organisations shared their experiences and best practice in the sector.

“The spirit behind social enterprises cuts across all age groups, locally a number of schools have taken part in Scotland’s Social Enterprise Academy which supports those working for a social purpose.

“The pupils at Westerton Primary have been using social enterprise to spread the word about fair trade and hope to use their profits to expand into catering while the Bishopbriggs Academy café uses its profits to support charity and the development of the business. 

“For more information on the awards and how to enter .”

Fraser Kelly, Chief Executive, Social Enterprise Scotland, said:

“Social enterprise continues to emerge and develop as a vibrant and progressive way to do business. We’re excited about the launch of the Social Enterprise Awards for 2013 and hope that social enterprises will again take the opportunity to apply, thereby showcasing all that is excellent about social enterprise businesses and the work they’re doing. Best of luck to everyone.”

More information

What is Social Enterprise? Social enterprise is a dynamic and inspiring way of doing business. Social enterprises are innovative, independent businesses that exist specifically for social and/or environmental purposes..
What examples are there? Diverse examples include: The Big Issue, The Wise Group, Divine Chocolate, Cornerstone, Kibble Education and Care Centre, Edinburgh Bicycle Co-op, Glasgow Housing Association, Isle of Eigg Heritage Trust, Link Group Ltd, the Eden Project in Cornwall, Capital Credit Union, The Grameen Foundation, Mondragon Corporation in the Basque Country and the Homeless World Cup.

What types of social enterprise exist? Social enterprise is a diverse community and the more-than-profit approach is used by a huge range of organisations, of every size, operating in every corner of Scotland and in most sectors of the economy. A social enterprise can simply be a Company Limited by Guarantee with an appropriate “asset lock” and social mission etc, it could also be a registered charity. These are some of the common types and a social enterprise is often one or more of these: Co-operatives and Mutuals, Social Firms, Community Interest Companies (CICs), Development Trusts, Credit Unions and Housing Associations (aka Registered Social Landlords or RSLs).

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