23 Aug, 17
The awards night, being held in October at the famous Llangollen Pavilion in Denbighshire, recognises excellence within the social business sector in Wales. Entrants come from a range of social businesses but all demonstrate a dynamic, entrepreneurial and ambitious attitude and are driving the sector forward.
This year there are three headline categories – Wales Social Enterprise of the Year, sponsored by Natwest, Wales One to Watch, sponsored by BIC Innovation and, new to 2017, the Wales Employee Owned Business of the Year, sponsored by ARUP.
Derek Walker, Chief Executive at Wales Co-operative Centre said:
“Every year it seems to get more difficult to short list for these awards, the quality of the applications are a testament to all the good work that these businesses are doing. We know the social business sector is growing, our recent mapping exercise showed that the sector now employs approximately 40,800 people and is worth an estimated £2.37Bn to the Welsh economy. These businesses are delivering vital services and creating jobs and economic opportunities across Wales. Looking at the applications there are some really inspirational businesses out there with real growth potential. We wish all our finalists the best of luck and look forward to seeing them at the awards”
Social Enterprises also had the opportunity to enter five other categories which are split by business types. The Tech for Good award, sponsored by Reason Digital is a new category for 2017 and recognises social businesses that use technology to improve the lives of people in Wales. Finalists in this category are: Promo Cymru and Book of You CIC.
*Full list of categories and shortlisted finalists:
Wales Social Enterprise of the Year sponsored by Natwest
Wales One to Watch sponsored by BIC Innovation
Health and Social Care sponsored by Acuity Legal
Education, Training and Employment sponsored by Legal & General
Consumer Facing sponsored by Cowshed PR
Tech for Good
Wales Employee Owned sponsored by ARUP
Part of the Social Business Wales project, which is delivered by the Wales Co-operative Centre, the Awards are funded by the European Regional Development Fund and Welsh Government. This year, the Awards have been sponsored by Acuity Legal, Arup, BIC Innovation, Cowshed PR, The Co-operative Group, Legal & General, Natwest and Social Business Growth Fund.
The Awards will be presented on Wednesday 4th October at an evening ceremony held at the Llangollen Pavilion in Llangollen, Denbighshire. Building on their success at last year’s awards, CAIS Social Enterprises from North Wales will be catering this year’s event. Evening entertainment will be provided by a 32 piece brass band from Denbighshire Music Co-operative.
Tickets for the ceremony and following conference are free and can be booked at https://wales.coop/social-business-wales-conference-2017/