Social Enterprise Awards Northern Ireland 2012

26 Jun 2012     Last updated: 20 Jun 2014

The Social Enterprise Awards Northern Ireland 2012 gala awards ceremony will take place at Belfast Castle on Thursday 11 October 2012.

The Awards highlight and promote excellence in the social economy sector acro

This is a unique opportunity for our social enterprises to benchmark themselves against the best in Northern Ireland and beyond. 

The 2011 awards saw two local entrants awarded both the overall Social Enterprise of the Year and the Social Enterprise Leader of the Year at the London event. Newington Credit Union was presented with the Social Enterprise of the Year Award and received £10,000 worth of vital business support. John McMullan, Chief Executive of Bryson Charitable Group won the Social Enterprise Leader of the Year Award.  A third Northern Ireland company, Dylan Quinn Dance Theatre, based in Enniskillen was a runner-up in the Start-up of the Year Award.

The 2012 awards will have five categories that will allow entrants to progress to the UK awards, including:

  • Startup of the Year,
  • Social Enterprise Leader,
  • Young Person’s Social Enterprise,
  • Social Enterprise of the Year, and
  • Supporter of the Year. 
  • The Northern Ireland awards will also feature an additional three awards of local significance focusing on:
  • Rural enterprise
  • Community development, and
  • Best new product/service. 

Why enter?

It’s good for business, being recognised for excellence brings new customers. Contracts have been won, businesses have grown, and grants have been awarded as a result of being shortlisted for and winning award entries.

The excitement of the awards ceremony, the profile raising and the satisfaction are all fantastic well-being factors that result from entering. Entering also forces an organisation to really think about what it has achieved. It’s a good opportunity for a team to sit down and reflect on its success and the reasons for that success. In many cases, talking through what has been done well – and not so well – can lead to future improvements.

Applications will be available for the awards in mid-July with a deadline for completed applications in early September. Full details on dates and how to apply with detailed information regarding the individual categories will be publicised in July on

For more details on the UK awards please see


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