Revealed at the annual Good Deals social investment conference, a total of 26 organisations have been shortlisted, celebrating the most inspiring and effective social enterprise leaders, and the strength, impact and resilience of the sector in the UK.
The Leadership Award recognises an individual who has led an organisation effectively, inspired their staff, and has demonstrated that their attitude and ability towards running a business has delivered success both on social and financial grounds.
The Growth Champion Award is given to a social venture on the Index who has experienced positive, financial growth from one year to the next. The panel also look for a winner with sustainable and diverse income streams, coupled with a sustainable business model.
The Resilience Award recognises a social venture that continually delivers positive social or environmental change and repeatedly achieves impact goals, successfully tackling challenges and overcoming difficulties to deliver their mission.
SharpFutures is a social enterprise that supports young people into employment in the creative digital sector. By offering a range of interventions including Apprenticeships, Work Experience and Volunteering, SharpFutures nurture the transition into work, whilst responding to the fluctuating needs of creative digital businesses.
SharpFutures clients include ITV, BBC, Brownbag Films, Boomdash, The Space Project and many more.
SharpFutures is based at Manchester’s creative digital hub The Sharp Project
SharpFutures CEO Rose Marley said “Starting-up a financially robust, genuinely impactful, creative digital agency has been challenging over the past four years. So it is exciting news that SharpFutures is being recognised by the key indicator on social value; the SE100, for this incredible achievement. It’s a perfect tribute to the resilient, adaptable, hard-working, fabulously Mancunian team that is SharpFutures.”
Mark Parsons, Head of Community Finance and Social Enterprise, NatWest, said: “The SE100 Awards are a great opportunity to celebrate the very best in UK social enterprise. This year’s strong shortlist showcases the vibrancy and diversity of these businesses, which are making our economy more successful and our communities stronger. NatWest has been a proud supporter of the sector for many years and we look forward to welcoming all of those shortlisted to the Awards ceremony in January.”
Tim West, CEO of Matter&Co and founder of the SE100, said: ”Running any business is challenging – running a business that changes people’s lives and stays profitable at the same time is nothing short of miraculous. This year’s SE100 shortlist is making miracles happen for people and communities all around the country. We look forward to learning how they do it and sharing their stories, as we select our winners over the coming months.”