Category Overview

An expert judging panel will score the nominations submitted and the highest overall score per category will be the winner.

Winners will be announced on the big night!

 

Click each category for full guidelines or download them here

Start-up Social Enterprise of the Year *

Small Social Enterprise of the Year *

Large Social Enterprise of the Year *

Community Impact Award *

Enabling Ability Award *

Environmental Champion of the Year *

Volunteer of the Year

Social Enterprise Employee of the Year

Lancashire’s Social Enterprise Champion 2019

 

Lancashire’s Social Enterprise of the Year 2019;

This is the judge’s choice category, awarded from all organisational nominations received.
* Big or small, new or established, any organisation submitting nominations in the Enterprise in Society Awards 2019 could win this category.

1. Start-Up Social Enterprise of the Year

Selnet has helped to establish dozens of new social enterprises over the past 12 years. This category is for social enterprises that began trading from 2018 onwards and recognises the new businesses that have achieved the most since they began trading.

What the judges will look for:

  • Clear articulation of the vision of the business
  • Excellence in impact, design or growth since inception – what has been achieved in this short space of time?
  • A creative approach to problem solving
  • Potential for future success, in the judges’ view – how does this organisation stand out above the rest?

Questions:

  1. What is the mission/vision of the organisation being nominated? (200 words) Please provide an overview of the work the organisation delivers, the geographical area covered, who the beneficiaries are and how long the social enterprise has been trading.
  2. What have you achieved in the past 12-18 months? (300 words)
  3. What makes this start-up stand out above the rest?

2. Small Social Enterprise of the Year

This category recognises the agility and impact that small social enterprises can have. For organisations more than one year old and with fewer than 10 (FTE) employees.

What the judges will look for:

  • What has been achieved in the last 12-18 months
  • Clear accountability, leadership and management of the organisation
  • Explain how you invest in staff development
  • Show sustainability in terms of profit/surplus and growth
  • How the business benefits Lancashire communities
  • How do you know you are making a difference?

Questions:

  1. What is the mission/vision of the organisation being nominated? (200 words) Please provide an overview of the work the organisation delivers, the geographical area covered, who the beneficiaries are and how long the social enterprise has been trading.
  2. What have you achieved in the past 12-18 months? (300 words)
  3. What makes this small social enterprise exceptional?

3. Large Social Enterprise of the Year

This category recognises the organisations that have scaled up delivery and impact and have 11 or more (FTE) employees.

What the judges will look for:

  • What has been achieved in the last 12-18 months
  • Clear accountability, leadership and management of the organisation
  • Explain how you invest in staff development
  • Show sustainability in terms of profit/surplus and growth
  • How the business benefits Lancashire communities
  • How do you know you are making a difference?

Questions:

  1. What is the mission/vision of the organisation being nominated? (200 words) Please provide an overview of the work the organisation delivers, the geographical area covered, who the beneficiaries are and how long the social enterprise has been trading.
  2. What have you achieved in the past 12-18 months? (300 words)
  3. What makes this large social enterprise exceptional?

4. Community Impact Award

This category is for social enterprises that can demonstrate and communicate the substantial impact they are having on Lancashire communities.

What the judges will look for:

  • Excellence in vision and strategic direction
  • What has been achieved in the last 12-18 months on a specified community, be it geographic or community of interest
  • A high degree of engagement with the organisations’ community and how beneficiary group are involved
  • Clearly evidenced social, environmental and community impact
  • Evidence of creativity and innovation, communicating impact in accessible and creative ways
  • How is this organisation a game changer?

Questions:

  1. What is the mission/vision of the organisation being nominated? (200 words) Please provide an overview of the work the organisation delivers, the geographical area covered, who the beneficiaries are and how long the social enterprise has been trading.
  2. What have you achieved in the past 12-18 months? (300 words)
  3. What makes this social enterprise stand apart from others in its field?

5. Enabling Ability Award

Social enterprise can transform the lives of their beneficiaries. This category recognises the social enterprises or individuals who help others to live life to the fullest.

What the judges will look for:

  • What has been achieved in the last 12-18 months to meet need, be it in a geographic area or people/communities of interest
  • The level of help and/or support to the disadvantaged people/group
  • Clear articulation of the delivery model used and why it works
  • Evidence of creativity and innovation

Questions:

  1. What is the mission/vision of the organisation being nominated? (200 words) Please provide an overview of the work the organisation delivers, the geographical area covered, who the beneficiaries are and how long the social enterprise has been trading.
  2. What have you achieved in the past 12-18 months? (300 words) Describe how the work of this organisation helps a barrier or barriers be overcome, who this work has helped and what the long-term impact/change has been as a result
  3. What makes this social enterprise stand apart from others in its field?

6. Environmental Champion of the Year

The environment plays a major role in the work of social enterprises. This award recognises the individual or organisation in the green/ environmental sector that has made the greatest impact on improving the environment.

What the judges will look for:

  • What has been achieved in the last 12-18 months
  • How do you know you are making a difference?
  • Clear accountability, leadership and management of the organisation
  • Evidenced environmental impact
  • Show sustainability in terms of profit/surplus and growth

Questions:

  1. What is the mission/vision of the organisation being nominated? (200 words) Please provide an overview of the work the organisation delivers, the geographical area covered, how the beneficiaries are and how long the social enterprise has been trading.
  2. What have you achieved in the past 12-18 months? (300 words)
  3. What makes this social enterprise a leader in long term environmental sustainability and impact?

7. Volunteer of the Year

Social enterprises often have volunteers at the heart of their organisation, from a variety of backgrounds, skills and abilities, to provide support from operational delivery to strategic/board level. This category recognises volunteers giving their time and energy to deliver social enterprise objectives.

What the judges will look for:

  • A person who freely gives up their time, motivated by helping others
  • Someone using personal experience of overcoming barriers to help support others
  • Someone whose work enables the business the volunteer for to do more good work

 

Questions:

  1. What is the mission/vision of the volunteer’s organisation? (200 words)
  2. What drives this individual and what have they achieved in the past 12-18 months? (300 words)
  3. What sets this individual apart and makes them Lancashire’s Volunteer of the Year?

8. Social Enterprise Employee of the Year 

Our sector employs extraordinary people who are motivated by making a real difference through their work. This category recognises exceptional members of staff who go above and beyond the requirements of their role.

What the judges will look for:

  • An exceptional member of staff who goes the extra mile to ensure successful operation of the business
  • Someone using personal experience of overcoming barriers to support others to address social need.
  • Someone whose work enables the business to do more good work

 

Questions:

  1. What is the mission/vision of the organisation this member of staff works for? (200 words)
  2. What drives this individual and what have they achieved in the past 12-18 months? (300 words)
  3. What sets this individual apart as a member of the team, and as a person representing excellence in a social enterprise career?

9. Social Enterprise Champion 2019

The highlight of our Awards Ceremony is always the Social Enterprise Champion, when we honour the person who in the judge’s opinion has contributed most to Social Enterprise in Lancashire over the past year.

What the judges will look for:

  • Contribution and leadership in relation to the promoting the social enterprise sector as a whole (locally, regionally and/or nationally)
  • Someone who represents excellence in their field of work, inspiring and empowering others
  • Exhibiting an enterprising spirit and drive, commitment to businesses development and passion for the overarching social mission
  • Demonstrates a commitment to diversity
  • Displayed moral courage and vision in making and delivering tough choices

 

Questions:

  1. What have they achieved in the past 12-18 months? (300 words)
  2. What drives this individual and what sets this individual apart as a Champion of the Social Enterprise Sector?

10. Lancashire’s Social Enterprise of the Year 

The judge’s choice award is selected from all nominations received, not just category winners. Big or small, new or established, we will celebrate one Social Enterprise that can demonstrate an outstanding contribution to Lancashire.

The judge’s choice category will be awarded from all nominations received from the following categories:

  • Start-up Social Enterprise of the Year
  • Small Social Enterprise of the Year
  • Large Social Enterprise of the Year
  • Community Impact Award
  • Enabling Ability Award
  • Environmental Champion of the Year