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:

Start-up Social Enterprise of the Year

Small Social Enterprise of the Year

Large Social Enterprise of the Year

Covid Hero Award

Work or Training Social Enterprise of the Year

Employee of the Year

Striving for Equality

Environmental Champion of the Year

Volunteer of the Year

Lancashire’s Social Enterprise Champion 2021

 

Lancashire’s Social Enterprise of the Year 2021
No additional nominations are required for this category.

 

1. Start-Up Social Enterprise of the Year

For social enterprises that have formed since 1st January 2019. The judges will consider your social mission, why you started up and what you have achieved.

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?

2. Small Social Enterprise of the Year

For social enterprises under 10 staff (but no limit on volunteers). The beating heart of Lancashire’s social enterprise sector may be small but achieve great results. So, don’t be shy, really impress the judges with details of your ethos, your team’s skills and experience and how you support society.

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?

3. Large Social Enterprise of the Year

For social enterprises with 11 or more staff. The powerhouses of social enterprises. Show the judges how you bring about big changes to people and the planet. 

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?

 

4. Covid Hero Award

A special category for 2021 celebrating an individual’s impacts. Nominate the person or team who achieved something out of the ordinary! It may be staff working on a new project, volunteers, or someone who has overcome adversity. This will be a tough category for the judges so give them lots of reasons why they should award it to your nominee.

 

 

 

5. Work or Training Social Enterprise of the Year

Given the amazing success of Building Better Opportunities and other support programmes in Lancashire, Selnet is blown away by the efforts that organisations go to in helping the most vulnerable in society move closer to the workplace. Within your application, give the judges a couple of real-life case studies to demonstrate how you have changed lives.

 

 

6. Employee of the Year 

Tell the judges about your employee or your colleague who goes way beyond their job description. Give some examples of real differences they have made.

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

 

7. Striving for Equality 

When equality, diversity and inclusion are present Social Enterprises reap the rewards. We are looking to highlight SE’s who have fantastic D & I initiatives and are able to demonstrate their impact when working on behalf of others to tackle inequalities. Tell us about how you are advancing equality for your target groups e.g. race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexuality, social mobility, disability, health including mental health or age.

 

 

8. Environmental Champion of the Year

Lancashire, our people and our companies are making huge strides to improve the environment. Some towns have declared a Climate Emergency, some businesses are reducing their environmental impacts, addressing the global issue. The judges will be looking at practical measures being taken by our sector to improve Lancashire and how it fits into a wider strategy.

What the judges will look for:

  • Evidenced environmental impact
  • How do you know you are making a difference?
  • Clear accountability, leadership and management of the organisation
  • Show sustainability in terms of profit/surplus and growth

9. Volunteer of the Year

We love this category! Tell the judges why that person volunteers, what they do, about their approach to helping others and highlighting the impacts they have achieved.

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

10. Social Enterprise Champion 2021

This is always a tough category, but the judges will consider individuals who are shining examples of social enterprise in action in Lancashire. Past winners have been exceptional leaders in their field who turned an idea into a social enterprise, enabled positive change and who carry the Social Enterprise banner with them in everything they do.

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

Lancashire’s Social Enterprise of the Year 

From all the nominations received, the judges will also choose Lancashire’s Social Enterprise of the Year
No additional nominations are required for this category

This 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 Social Enterprise of the Year 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
  • Work or Training Social Enterprise of the Year
  • Striving for Equality 
  • Environmental Champion of the Year