National social enterprise awards 10 years old!

liamblack.jpgCan you believe Enterprising Solutions, better known as ‘the national social enterprise award’, is 10 years old? Kinda rubbishes those short-sighted critics that think social enterprise is a business fad.This year’s award, organised by The Social Enterprise Coalition and sponsored by RBS, was launched last night by Phil Hope, minister for the third sector, but it was two previous winners who stole the show.The current holder of the award, Sophi Tranchell of Divine Chocolate, acknowledged the importance of an award that’s not just recognised the achievements of her business but actually initially inspired her: “Way before we won it, the award made us realise there’s a different way to do business.”Inspiring others through the championing of social enterprises was also high on Liam Black’s agenda; the first winner of the award with then company Furniture Resource Centre and until recently a director at Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Foundation.“10 years ago the vocab wasn’t even formed, now young people know they can shape their lives within enterprise with a social purpose and that’s really powerful.“It’s a time of massive opportunity and we’ve all a moral responsibility to use business for good. Continuing with business as usual will lead us to disaster. It’s important we use social enterprise to make positive changes to our world and the lives of our dispossessed people who need it so much.”I hope in another 10 years it’s so much part of our mainstream we’re not even giving our awards for it.”As a social enterprise ourselves, we couldn’t agree more.For more information on the awards and how to enter, visit http://www.enterprisingsolutions.org/Image: Flickr

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