Music app and menstrual health campaigner among 33 finalists in NatWest SE100 Awards
A music-led mental wellness app inspired to fight the “silent epidemic” of male suicide.
A social business that works with UK employers to improve menstrual and gender equity and inclusion.
A social enterprise that improves the environment and helps prevent flood risk by providing employment opportunities for teenage ex-offenders.
These are just three of the 33 social businesses named as finalists in this year's NatWest SE100 Social Business Awards.
The app – named SPOKE – aims to be the UK's leading music-led mental wellness product, “making preventative well-being practices more culturally-relevant and accessible for those who need it most; namely young men and those from more diverse cultural backgrounds”. SPOKE – which is up for an award in the Trailblazing Newcomer category – says it “makes taking care of your mental health as easy as listening to your favourite music”.
Bloody Good Employers – a finalist in the Equality Award – educates employers to review and improve culture, communication and policy around periods and menopause. Employers can show their commitment by purchasing the Bloody Good Employers accreditation programme, and profits raised from the work are donated to partner charity Bloody Good Period to support their work in getting period products and education to refugees, asylum seekers and others who need it.
In nine years, The Skill Mill – one of our Social Investment finalists – has employed 362 young people in the UK. Just 27 of those have been re-convicted. The enterprise nominated its Life Chances Fund Social Impact Bond, a £1.1m deal with social investors Big Issue Invest, Northstar Ventures, CAF Venturesome and Resonance – a deal to help scale Skill Mill across England and test the model in quite different geographies across the country.
The SE100 Awards were created by Pioneers Post more than a decade ago in partnership with NatWest Social & Community Capital, the social investment charity founded by NatWest bank. Their aim is to support the development and growth of social enterprise and mission-driven business across the UK through celebrating and sharing stories of success – and the challenges and solutions behind them.
The 2023 SE100 judges are:
- Daniel Brewer of Resonance and Maria Mills of Active Prospects
- Megan Virrels, Tracy Thomson, Brendan Hegarty and Ania Soleimani of NatWest Social & Community Capital
- Lisa Raftery and Laura Furness of Social Investment Business
- Oliver Kempton, partner at Envoy Parnership
- Mark Goodson of Cambridge Social Ventures, Cambridge Centre for Social Innovation
- Eddie Finch and Hugh Swainson of Buzzacott accountants
- Yasmin Waljee of law firm Hogan Lovells
The winners will be annouced at a special awards ceremony on 10 July, in London.
The 2023 NatWest SE100 finalists are:
For social enterprises leading by example and inspiring others to embed equity, equality, diversity and inclusion into their organisations and their work in local communities. Supported by the Social Investment Business.
For social business startups (up to five years trading) with a clear mission and entrepreneurial flair, who can demonstrate positive growth and impact, as well as great promise for the future. Supported by Buzzacott.
Social Business Champion
For established social ventures (trading for at least five years) that have experienced positive financial growth and delivered strong social impact over the past year, thanks to an entrepreneurial and sustainable business model. Supported by Buzzacott and UnLtd.
Impact Management Champion
For enterprises that take considerable measures to manage, demonstrate and communicate the social and environmental impact and value of their business, using this to improve their performance and win new business. Supported by Coalition for Efficiency and Social Value UK.
Leader of the Year
For social enterprise bosses demonstrating excellent leadership, effectiveness and inspiration in taking the team on a mission-driven journey to success.
- Karen Balmer, Groundwork North Wales
- Simon Fenton, Forward Carers
- Zoe Portlock and Jim Blakemore, Bikeworks CIC
- Sebastian Rocca, Micro Rainbow
- Joe Seddon, Zero Gravity
- Alex Stephany, Beam
Social Investment Award
For groundbreaking or innovative deals, programmes or funds in social / impact investment.
- Great Western Credit Union – bond offer through Ethex with Fair4All Finance and 90+ individuals
- Resonance – National Homelessness Property Fund 2, with Redwing, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and the Rough Sleeping Accommodation Programme
- Sumerian Foundation with 2-3 Degrees – convertible grant / preference shares
- The Skill Mill – Life Chances Fund Social Impact Bond, with Big Isssue Invest, Northstar Ventures, CAF Venturesome and Resonance
For pioneering organisations leading by example and inspiring others to work against climate change and towards a greener, more resilient future. Supported by Hogan Lovells.
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