2019 Award Applications

You are invited to apply for the 2019 Social Business Wales Awards.

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Yes you; the social entrepreneurs, the business leaders, the hardworking co-operators and talented innovators of the social business sector in Wales.

You push yourselves so that others can benefit and communities across Wales are better off because of you. You do business right, and we want to inspire the nation to support you by showing off the best of the sector in Wales.

So step up to the plate, accept our invitation and apply for the 2019 SBW Awards. Not only could you win a cash prize and boost your reputation, but you could become the pride of your community and inspire a nation to do business better.

Applications are open from 13 May till 7 July. Register your interest now to receive your forms, updates, reminders and useful information to help you through the process.

Award expression of interest

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Category information

Open to social enterprises which have been trading for more than two years, in any business sector.

Last year’s winner was Splash Community Trust, a multi facility leisure centre based in Wrexham. The trust was formed following the closure of the Plas Madoc Centre in April 2014. Through the support of the community, the Trust was able to save the Leisure Facility and transform a building that was closed and scheduled for demolition into a thriving, well-used leisure centre and community hub. As well as improving the health of local residents, the trust also provides over 40 jobs and training opportunities in one of the most deprived areas of North Wales.


Open to social enterprises which have been trading for less than two years, in any business sector.

Last year’s winner was Natural Weigh, a zero waste shop in Crickhowell, selling high quality dried foods, cleaning and lifestyle products. Its mission is to reduce single use plastic by offering customers a chance to shop without packaging.


Open to organisations that are trading as an employee owned business, in any business sector.

Skye Instruments won a special recognition award for its ownership model last year. Skye Instruments designs and manufactures electronic instrumentation for environmental monitoring, climate change studies, plant, crop and vegetation research and remote sensing applications.

This is open to social enterprises that have been operating for more than 1 year and use technology to achieve social impact, meeting the criteria below. Either:

  1. A) Technology is part of the social enterprise’s core business model


  1. B) Technology has been employed in the development of new products or services to improve impact, access or effectiveness

Last year’s winner was Pro-mo Cymru, a co-operative from Cardiff which empowers young people through the use of digital technology.

Open to social enterprises which have been trading for more than two years in the health and social care sector (for example, businesses providing support or care to people, including elderly people; people with mental health needs; those with learning and physical disabilities; those suffering from alcohol and substance abuse problems; the homeless; victims of domestic abuse; children in need of foster care, adoption, child protection, offenders, unemployed people or homeless children).

Last year’s winner was Antur Waunfawr, an enterprise in Caernarfon which provides work opportunities and support to adults with learning disabilities, alongside sheltered housing and promoting good health and well-being.

Open to social enterprises which have been trading for more than two years in the education, training and employment sector (including but not limited to businesses which provide formal and informal learning opportunities, apprenticeships, work-based training, work placements, jobs for people in a supported environment, and social firms).

Last year’s winner was Empower – Be the change, an enterprise from Wrexham with the primary mission to reduce unemployment, reduce poverty and increase community cohesion and individual soft skills.

Open to social enterprises which have been trading for more than two years in the environmental and waste management sector (including but not limited to businesses in: recycling, waste collection, furniture re-use, energy generation, environmental consultancy, resource management, conservation, community woodlands, community land trusts).

Last year’s winner was Reseiclo Community Wood Recycling, based in Newport, who provide employment, volunteering and training opportunities for the less fortunate in the community by reusing and recycling waste wood products.

Open to social enterprises which deliver a product or service to the general public (including but not limited to: shops, pubs, social clubs, community centres, garden centres, cafes, arts centres, theatres, museums, tourism and heritage businesses, sports centres, sporting clubs, child care businesses).

Last year’s winner was Toogoodtowaste, a re-use and recycling charity based in the Rhondda Valleys. A Highly Commended award went to Cardiff & Vale Credit Union, a member-owned financial co-operative, offering savings and affordable loans to 10,000 members.

  1. The business must have a clear social or environmental mission that is set out in its governing documents.
  2. The business must be an 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 that is has.
  6. The business must be based or operating in Wales.

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

Prizes on offer

Winners will receive £1000 prize money, a professional photo-shoot of their organisation, media coverage, one year’s free membership of the Wales Co-operative Centre and a trophy to be presented to them at an award ceremony in Venue Cymru, Llandudno. 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.

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