2015 Awards and Winners

The 2015 Awards took place on 26th November at a ceremony at the Underglobe on London’s South Bank. The annual celebration of British social enterprise was hosted by Scottish comedian and actress, Susan Calman, who entertained the 400 guests. 

For the first time the categories included the Independent on Sunday Reader’s Choice Award. The winning social enterprise, WildHearts In Action, secured the highest number of votes from readers of the national newspaper and its Editor, Lisa Markwell, presented the winner with their award on stage. The Independent on Sunday was media partner to the Awards.

The 13 winners were presented with bespoke trophies made by the Yorkshire based social enterprise, Henshaws Arts & Crafts, which supports people with disabilities. Social enterprises supplied all the goods and services on the night, including the catering, drinks and flower displays.

Click here for photographs from the 2015 ceremony

2015 Winners 

Independent on Sunday Reader’s Choice Award – WildHearts In Action

Glasgow-based WildHearts In Action uses its profits from selling office and business supplies to fund the work of the WildHearts Foundation. It has transformed the lives of more than 50,000 people in 37 developing countries through microfinance, and has taught entrepreneurial and employability skills to more than 25,000 British young people - www.wildheartsinaction.org 

Social Enterprise of the Year - Vi-Ability (Sponsor, NatWest)

Vi-Ability offers the disengaged training, work experience and qualifications in commercial sports management. In doing so also helping to sustain thriving community sports clubs around the UK - www.vi-ability.org 

One to Watch - Penrhys Partnership - Big Click (Sponsor, The Cooperative Bank)

Big Click is a trading arm of Penrhys Partnership, a community regeneration charity supporting disadvantaged communities. Based in South Wales, Big Click is a mobile app development agency, and delivers training to encourage the next generation of tech developers in the Welsh Valleys - www.bigclick.org.uk/home 

Social Impact Award - SolarAid/SunnyMoney (Sponsor, PwC)

SolarAid/Sunnny Money combats poverty and climate change by selling solar lights in Africa - www.solar-aid.org  / www.sunnymoney.org 

Buy Social Market Builder - Merthyr Valleys Homes (Sponsor, Saxton Bampfylde)

Merthyr Valleys Homes have created contracting frameworks to encourage ‘buying social’, and spent £180k in the past year with social enterprises - www.mvhomes.org.uk 

Investment Deal of the Year - Resonance/Fare Share (Sponsor, Big Society Capital)

FareShare takes surplus food from supermarkets and distributes it to people living in food poverty. Resonance helped the small charity complete the first ever social investment tax relief deal - www.resonance.ltd.uk / faresharesouthwest.org.uk 

Health & Social Care Social Enterprise - Leading Lives (Sponsor, Bates Wells Braithwaite)

Leading Lives is an employee-owned co-operative providing high quality social care support in the home and in the community for adults with complex needs across Suffolk - www.leadinglives.org.uk 

Consumer Facing Social Enterprise - The Phone Co-op Limited (Sponsor, Johnson & Johnson)

The Phone Co-op Limited is the UK’s only customer-owned telecoms and internet service provider. Democratically run by its customers, it serves 30,000 businesses and consumers - www.thephone.coop 

Education, Training & Jobs Social Enterprise - Creative Alliance (Sponsor, Wates Group)

Creative Alliance helps talented young people to get into creative roles through careers education, apprenticeships, traineeships and business support schemes - www.creativealliance.org.uk 

Environmental Social Enterprise - Instant Neighbour (Sponsor, Landmarc)

Instant Neighbour provide services across Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, including furniture recycling, furniture storage and employability training - www.instantneighbour.co.uk 

Inspiring Youth Enterprise Award - The Aim Sky High Company (Sponsor, GLL)

The Aim Sky High Company is a Manchester-based dance organisation for people aged 2 - 25, using the arts to teach leadership, teamwork and career planning - www.theashcompany.com 

Women in Social Enterprise Award - Julie Hawker at Cosmic IT (Sponsor, Santander)Over the past 16 years Julie Hawker has dedicated her time to developing Cosmic as a successful social enterprise, whilst contributing significantly to social enterprise development and support across the South West and UK - www.cosmic.org.uk 

International Impact - Zaytoun CIC (Sponsor, British Council)

Zaytoun CIC support Palestinian farming families to sustain resilient livelihoods and share their vibrant culture by helping them to grow sales of high quality fairly-traded produce - www.zaytoun.org

If you are interested sponsoring the 2016 Awards, please contact Charlotte.DeRuyver@socialenterprise.org.uk