SE100 Social Business Award 2016 nominations announced

Nominations for the annual NatWest SE100 Social Business Awards were announced at the Good Deals conference in Birmingham last night.

The awards celebrate the best social ventures and the people leading them in six categories. The shortlist was selected by the SE100 panel of expert judges.

Notable amongst the nominations is SharpFutures, which is based in Manchester and is up for awards in three categories. The social enterprise helps young people into employment in the creative digital sector.

Of more than 1,000 social ventures on the index, 26 have made it to the shortlist. The winners will be announced at a ceremony on 19th January 2017.

Mark Parsons, head of community finance and social enterprise, NatWest, said: “The SE100 Awards are a great opportunity to celebrate the very best in UK social enterprise. This year’s strong shortlist showcases the vibrancy and diversity of these businesses which are making our economy more successful and our communities stronger." 

Winners will have a film produced about their business to use for marketing purposes as well as receiving a trophy and cash prize.

The Good Deals conference is taking place in the striking red brick surrounds of the University of Birmingham. The announcement came at the end of a busy first day for the conference that is attended by senior figures from the world of social enterprise and social investment. A full programme of workshops and speakers will continue today. Follow #GDeals16 for more.

The nominations are as follows:

Leadership champion nominees:

Dan McCallum  - Awel Aman Tawe 
Karen Lynch - Belu Water Ltd
Stephen Waud  - Business Enterprise Fund 
Steve Hodgetts  - Community Together CIC 
Simon Donovan  - Manor House Development Trust  
William Akerman - MyKindaFuture  
Emma Worley – The Philosophy Foundation 
Rose Marley - SharpFutures Manchester CIC 

Growth champion nominees:

Blue Ventures 
Let's Do Business Group
Campaign Bootcamp 
SharpFutures Manchester CIC

Impact champion nominees:

Enabling Enterprise 
Manor House Development Trust 
Pembrokeshire FRAME Ltd 
Furniture Resource Limited Centre 
Five Lamps  
Delivered Next Day Personally CIC 

Trailblazing newcomer nominees:

Hatch Enterprise 
Babbasa Youth Empowerment Projects CIC 
Change Please CIC

Resilience award nominees:

The Philosophy Foundation 
National Community Wood Recycling Project
Belu Water Ltd
Hertfordshire Independent Living Service
SharpFutures Manchester CIC

Storyteller award nominees:

Agent Academy 
Alquity Investment Management Limited
Bookdonors CIC
The House of St Barnabas
The Philosophy Foundation 
We Make Places CIC

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