Nominations announced for NatWest SE100 Awards 2015

All hail the standout social ventures in the running to receive awards for their sterling performance.

The shortlist for this year’s Natwest SE100 Awards has been announced. A total of £32,500 in prizes is up for grabs, to be shared between the eventual victors in five categories. Winners will be announced at the forthcoming Good Deals conference taking place at the Royal Institution on the 19th October.

Now in its sixth year, the NatWest SE100 Index is an open data source that offers valuable information about social ventures, including their social aims, financial health and the effectiveness of their impact. More than 1,200 social ventures are represented on the Index.

A total of 21 organisations have been shortlisted. They cover the length and breadth of the UK and a wide spectrum of sectors including education, health and social care, employment and community schemes including regeneration projects. 

The five categories are growth champion, impact champion (which recognises those organisations which go to great lengths to evaluate and communicate their impact), trailblazing newcomer, storyteller award (for a good communications campaign) and resilience award (for long established, robust social ventures). 

Julie Baker, head of enterprise at NatWest, said: “Social enterprises make a massive difference to local economies and communities across the UK and beyond. They are run by inspirational people who want to make a difference. That is why, at NatWest we want to support them to get access to the finance, support and networks they need to flourish. That way not only do they benefit, but the economy benefits and our society benefits.”

Shortlisted Social Ventures
Growth champion nominees:

Blue Ventures
Dementia Adventure
Teaching Leaders

Impact champion nominees:

Ashley Community Housing
Community Together
FRC Group
Kelvin Valley Honey

Trailblazing newcomer nominees:

Developing Youth Practice
Sweet Cavanagh

Storyteller award nominees:

Blue Ventures
Echo Your Sport
Human Camera
John Taylor Hospice
Little Forest Folk

Resilience award nominees:

Bita Pathways
Five Lamps
Social Enterprise Kent
The Reader

The 2015 NatWest SE100 Awards ceremony will take place after the first day of Critical Mass on the 19th October at the Royal Institution in London. If you would like to attend this open event, RSVP here before 9th October.

Photo credit: Jon Curnow