Social Enterprise Awards Scotland 2017


The winners of the 2017 Social Enterprise Awards have been announced and we’re delighted to say that SFS member featured strongly again this year with Grassmarket Community Project, Instant Neighbour and CRNS all emerging with awards.  We’re also delighted that Chris Martin of Callander Youth Project, another SFS member, was the winner in the Social Enterprise Champion category.

Jonny Kinross, Chief Executive of the Grassmarket Community Project, Winners of Social Enterprise of the Year 2017, said:

“We are so delighted to win Social Enterprise of the Year 2017. I’m so proud of our team, our volunteers, our staff but above all the members of our project who inspire and motivate us. We’d like to congratulate all the winners and finalists tonight – together we have created a sector to be proud of and proven time and time again how business can change the lives of our most vulnerable, creating a fairer, more inclusive world.”

The Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities, Angela Constance MSP, said:

“I would like to offer my congratulations to all the winners of this year’s Social Enterprise Scotland Awards. Having recently launched a ten-year strategy to grow social enterprise in Scotland, it’s vital we continue to recognise and celebrate the talent of Scotland’s social entrepreneurs. Throughout Scotland, these individuals work tirelessly to improve their communities through the power of social enterprise, reinvesting all profits into social or environmental missions.

“I am pleased that this year’s social enterprise census shows there are now 5,600 social enterprises in Scotland – one social enterprise for every 1,000 people. There are now more start-ups and more social enterprises trading directly with the public than ever before. Our nation is now recognised as a world leader in social enterprise, and is confirmed as host of next year’s Social Enterprise World Forum. This is another excellent opportunity to put Scotland’s social enterprise sector on the world stage, welcoming friends and neighbours from around the globe and celebrating all we have achieved.”

The awards event also included the announcement of the winners of the Social Innovation Competition from Firstport, that celebrates individuals and start up companies using their creativity to solve pressing social issues.

See live awards updates from the event on Twitter using: #SocEntAwards17

The full list of winners of the Social Enterprise Awards Scotland 2017:

Social Enterprise of the Year

Grassmarket Community Project The Grassmarket Community Project supports socially isolated vulnerable adults and provides them with a range of support services as well as the opportunity to train, volunteer or work in anyone of their 5 social enterprises which include: an events space, a café, a staff canteen, a recycled wood workshop and textiles enterprise. / @GCP_Edinburgh

One to Watch Award

PROJEKT 42 Projekt 42 works hard to strengthen the connection between physical fitness and mental health through carefully crafted fitness classes, life coaching and counselling. / @Projekt42Edi

Social Impact Award

INCH Architecture & Design Ltd / Sir Robert McAlpine INCH Architecture & Design is a social enterprise architecture & research practice, committed in company style and ethos to improving the built environment and the communities in which we build. Great design should be for benefit of all. / @INCH_arch

 ‘Buy Social’ Market Builder Award 

Community Resources Network Scotland (CRNS Reuse Consortium) The CRNS Reuse Consortium aims to provide a more sustainable and affordable choice to customers and local authorities alike, by offering the option of purchasing reuse furniture instead of new. / @crnscotland

Tech for Good: Technology in Social Enterprise

Instant Neighbour Instant Neighbour support those on low incomes to set up home, by selling low cost, good quality 2nd hand furniture. / @Instneighbour

Social Enterprise Champion

Chris Martin (Callander Youth Project Trust) – Chris has been Managing Director at CYPT for 6 years and has shown exceptional strategic leadership taking the project from a small room in McLaren Learning Centre to establishing a successful suite of social enterprises consisting of a 5* hostel, café and events venue in the newly refurbished Callander Hostel.

Social Enterprise Champion – Highly Commended

Andrew Bailie (Freshsight) – Andrew Bailie is the director of FreshSight, a student run social enterprise which provides consultancy services for socially driven organisations. Last year, he doubled the number of social enterprise projects, in order to position the students closer to the social innovation scene and maximise FreshSight’s impact.

The shortlist for the 2017 awards:

Social Enterprise of the Year
Buth Bharraigh Ltd
Grassmarket Community Project
St Andrews First Aid & Training Supplies Ltd

One to Watch Award
Community Resources Network Scotland (CRNS Reuse Consortium)
Social Stuff Ltd
Spirits for Good CIC
The Ally Bally Bee Project

Social Impact Award
Callander Youth Project Trust
Highlands and Islands Social Enterprise Zone
INCH Architecture & Design Ltd / Sir Robert McAlpine

‘Buy Social’ – Market Builder Award
Business Gateway / City of Edinburgh Council
Community Resources Network Scotland (CRNS Reuse Consortium)
Legal Spark Law Centre

Tech for Good: Technology in Social Enterprise
Instant Neighbour
Scene Connect Ltd

Social Enterprise Champion
Andrew Baillie, Freshsight
Liberty Bligh, The Libertie Project
Colin Higgins, YES Works
Chris Martin, Callander Youth Project Trust
Briana Pegado, Edinburgh Student Arts Festival
Chris Thewlis, GTS Solutions, Beer for Good CIC, Spirits for Good CIC