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Best Social Enterprise Business Award

Sponsored by Social Enterprise NI

The Social Economy Business Award is for businesses that trade for social or environmental purposes in the community sector, the voluntary sector or the social enterprise sector. This award will recognise the outstanding work carried out by social entrepreneurs in Lisburn and Castlereagh and marks the contributions they have made in changing the future of their communities for the better.

This award is open to all social enterprises located in the Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council area that have applied commercial strategies to maximise improvements in human and environmental well-being.

Applications should include:

  • How the business has a clear social or environmental mission that is set out in its governing documents
  • Is an independent business and earns more than half of its income through trading
  • The company’s aims and objectives for working with the local community
  • Initiatives or strategies that your organisation has implemented to make a positive impact on the local community or individuals
  • Reinvests or gives away at least half of its profits or surpluses towards its social purpose
  • Is transparent about how it operates and the impact it has

This is a written submission award. Please download, complete and return the official application form no later than 5pm Monday 12th February 2018.

Stage 1 of the judging process will be to shortlist submissions based on the criteria above. If an applicant is shortlisted for Stage 2, they will be invited to attend a short interview/presentation with the judging panel followed by Q&A on Thursday 1st March 2018. Shortlisted finalists will be notified by Monday 19th February 2018. The panel will then rank the shortlist based on the interview. Please note that if an applicant is shortlisted for stage 2 of the judging process, they must be able to attend a 15-minute interview/presentation on Thursday 1st March 2018 at the Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn.

Social Enterprise NI

Social Enterprise NI

c/o Business in the Community
Paulett Ave
Belfast BT5 4HD

Tel: 028 9046 1810