Social Business Wales Awards 2018 – Applications

Applications for the 2018 Social Business Wales Awards are now closed.

We are so proud of Wales’ thriving social business sector; the amount of hard work going on across the country to help improve our communities is incredibly inspiring. And we don’t want that hard work to go unrecognised – we want to shout about your successes and tell the world how brilliant you are! So put your modesty aside, submit your award applications and get ready to bask in the warmth of your well deserved limelight.


Winners will receive £1000 prize money, a professional photo-shoot of their organisation, media coverage and a trophy to be presented to them at an award ceremony in Cardiff City Hall. The ceremony will be a glamorous, celebrity hosted event; a real opportunity to celebrate achievement and shine a spotlight on the positive impacts of the sector.

To get yourself in the mood for this year’s awards, why not have a look what we got up to last year.

Award categories

There are 8 categories to enter in this year’s awards, so whatever industry you’re in, there’s a category for you to showcase your hard-earned achievements.

Column one is Award Category & Sponsor, column two is Criteria, Column three is Last Year's Winner

  • 01 Wales Social Enterprise of the Year - Sponsored by NatWest


    Judges are looking for an established enterprise which has had a clear social environmental and community impact and has promoted social enterprise beyond the sector.

  • 02 One to Watch - Sponsored by Legal & General


    Judges are looking for an innovative new social enterprise with an impressive initial impact and a strong vision for the future.

  • 03 Employee Owned Business - Sponsored by ARUP


    Judges are looking for a thriving employee owned business that creates a culture of inclusion for its staff.

  • 04 Health and Social Care - Sponsored by BIC Innovation


    Judges are looking for a social enterprise with a high degree of customer satisfaction and an innovative approach to delivering health and social care services.

    Last Year's Winner

    Health and Social Care - Spice

  • 05 Consumer Facing - Sponsored by Cowshed


    Judges are looking for a social enterprise that delivers a retail product or service, which has established a strong recognisable brand within its marketplace.

  • 06 Education, Training and Jobs - Sponsored by Acuity Legal


    Judges are looking for a social enterprise with an exemplary record of providing education, training and employment opportunities for its community.

  • 07 Environmental - Sponsored by ISG PLC


    Judges are looking for an environmentally responsible social enterprise which has a strong, sustainable impact on the environment.

  • 08 Tech for Good - Sponsored by Reason Digital


    Judges are looking for social enterprise which demonstrates a clever use of technology to either develop new products or services OR which utilises new technology to enhance its service delivery.

Eligibility and Criteria


1. The business must have a clear social or environmental mission that is set out in its governing documents.

2. The business must be and independent business and earn more than half of its income through trading.

3. The business must be controlled or owned in the interests of the social mission.

4. The business must reinvest or give away at least half your profits or surpluses towards its social purpose.

5. The business must be transparent about how it operates and the impact it has.

6.The business must be operating in Wales.

Where social enterprises are running a number of businesses which operate in different sectors, they are welcome to enter each individual business in the relevant category, provided it is possible to differentiate between each business in the company accounts and social/environmental outcomes.


There are different criteria for each category which are outlined in detail on the application form.

Expression of interest

If you would like to receive an application form via email, please fill in and submit the short form below.

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Award Categories

Please select all categories interested in entering.

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Image Caption: A big thank you to our principal sponsor Natwest Cymru and all other fabulous sponsors who make this event possible