The UK Social Enterprise Awards recognize the nation’s leading social enterprises shining a spotlight on the breadth and diversity of the social enterprise movement. The Awards 2021 shortlist have been announced in the following categories:

UK Social Enterprise of the Year – the overall award for a social enterprise that has a clear vision, excellence in impact, and that has demonstrated and promoted social enterprise beyond the sector.

One to Watch – for a start-up social enterprise that shows us just why social enterprise is the future of business. Key to winning this award is an ability to clearly articulate their future vision and how they are going to achieve it.

Prove It: Social Impact – for a social enterprise that can truly demonstrate and communicate its impact with  stakeholders

‘Buy Social’ – Market Builder  – for a social enterprise, public sector body or private sector organisation that has demonstrably made efforts within its own organisation and remit to create more opportunities to buy from social enterprises.

Social Investment Deal of the Year – for an organisation that has been part of a great investment deal in the last 12 months that has helped the social enterprise to grow or the movement as a whole to develop and flourish.

Health & Social Care Social Enterprise – for a social enterprise in the health and social care sector with excellent vision and strategic direction, clear leadership and clear evidenced social, environmental and community impact.

Consumer Facing Social Enterprise – for a social enterprise that delivers a retail product or service to the general public.

Education & Training Social Enterprise – for a social enterprise in the education, training or employment sectors that can demonstrate excellence in vision and strategic direction, and clearly evidence their social, environmental and community impact.

Environmental Social Enterprise – for a social enterprise in the green and environmental sector with a clear evidenced environmental impact.

Social Enterprise Building Diversity, Inclusion, Equity & Justice – for a social enterprise addressing social justice.

Women in Social Enterprise – for a woman working in the senior leadership team of a social enterprise who represents excellence in her field of work.

International Impact – for a social enterprise working internationally, and which are having a big impact in their field. This award is open to UK-based organisations only with existing international operations.

Transformative Community Business – for a locally rooted social enterprise that trades for the benefit of their community.

Social Enterprise Team of the Year – for a social enterprise that have demonstrated the strength, passion and resilience over the course of pandemic year.

Tech for Good – for a social enterprise that uses technology to achieve social impact.