Congratulation to Pedro Santos, Social Enterprise Advisor at BRAG Enterprise and Tracey Muirhead, CEO School for Social Entrepreneurs (Scotland) who were nominated for Social Enterprise Champion of the year.
The Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities, Angela Constance MSP, said to Social Enterprise Scotland:
“It has been an important year for Social Enterprise and Social Innovation in Scotland. Last year we learned about the strength and breadth of the sector, from the first Social Enterprise Census, which reported that more than 200 new social enterprises start-up each year, joining more than 5,000 already operating across the length and breadth of Scotland, contributing £1.68bn to the economy and delivering on our shared ambition of tackling inequalities.
She continued “In this Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design, I am proud of what all social enterprises have achieved in our joint task of reducing inequalities and demonstrating what inclusive growth looks like on the ground, and would like to add my congratulations to the well-deserved winners of the Social Enterprise Awards and Social Innovation Competition who showcase the very best of social enterprise in Scotland."
Fraser Kelly, Chief Executive, Social Enterprise Scotland, followed that by stating:
“Social enterprise is about creating a fairer, more sustainable economy and a society that benefits everyone. The Social Enterprise Awards Scotland 2016 provide a unique opportunity for social enterprises to gain the public recognition they so rightly deserve. We’re always impressed by the very high standard and variety of applications. A big thank you to everyone who entered or was shortlisted.”
The eventual winner of the Social Enterprise Champion was Claire Carpenter of The Melting Pot. Claire founded ‘TMP’ back in 2005 to address issues faced by social innovators and the organisations they develop in their route to make social change. The Melting Pot is Scotland’s Centre for Social Innovation, offering central, affordable and accessible office space and venue hire in Edinburgh.
We look forward to having more Fife represented at the 2017 awards!
For more information on the awards please visit the Social Enterprise Scotland website