NatWest SE100 Social Business Awards seeks entries

Those looking to raise awareness of their social enterprise to attract stakeholders or investors should know that the annual NatWest SE100 Social Business awards have been launched.

The awards celebrate the achievements and success of social businesses making positive change happen throughout the UK across several categories. There’s a catch though – you have to have a completed profile on the SE100 Index

The SE100 is an index of social enterprises up and down the UK, with organisations ranked according to growth or impact. There is also a section reserved for newcomers.

A snapshot of the social economy landscape in the UK, the index enables social enterprises to measure their performance against their peers and find like minded organisations with which to collaborate.

Winners benefit not only from being in the spotlight of one of the UK’s widely recognised annual awards but also by receiving a professionally produced film which can be used for marketing purposes. A share of cash prizes totalling £5,000 is also up for grabs.

Previous awardees have included impact champions Manor House Development Trust, and trailblazing newcomer Change Please.

Winners will be announced at social investment conference Good Deals on November 21st-22nd, with the awards ceremony taking place early in 2018. The categories are as follows:


Leadership Award 

The best social enterprise boss will be nominated by colleagues for their leadership, effectiveness and inspiration in taking the team on a mission-driven journey to success.

Growth Champion     

The Growth Champion award will be given to the social venture that has experienced positive, financial growth from one year to the next thanks to an entrepreneurial and sustainable business model.

Impact Champion

The Impact award recognises social enterprises that take considerable measures to demonstrate and communicate the social or environmental impact of their business, using this to improve their performance and win new business.     

Trailblazing Newcomer  

The award for a newcomer social enterprise (with less than 3 years of trading) who has made great strides to become a leader amongst their peers, combining solid growth with a commitment to proving the positive impact of their business.

Resilience Award  

The Resilience Award is for those social ventures that continually deliver positive social or environmental change and repeatedly achieve impact goals, successfully tackling challenges and overcoming difficulties.

Storyteller Award  

The Storyteller Award will go to a social venture that has created and delivered a brilliant communications campaign to drive the impact and scale of its activity.


For more information and to enter the awards, click here

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