Winners of the Social Enterprise Awards Scotland 2017 announced

The winners of Scotland’s annual awards for innovation and success in social
enterprise have been announced at an event in The Scottish Parliament.
The winner of Social Enterprise of the Year is the Grassmarket Community
Project in Edinburgh, Social Enterprise Champion was awarded to Chris Martin of
Callander Youth Project Trust and the One to Watch winner is Projekt 42.

Social Enterprise Scotland issued a call for applications earlier in the year,
urging Scotland’s social enterprises to demonstrate how they’re improving our
economy and society.

Fraser Kelly, Chief
Executive, Social Enterprise Scotland, said:

“We’re delighted to announce the winners of Social Enterprise Awards Scotland
2017. Social enterprises in every corner of Scotland are building a better
economy and a fairer society. The Social Enterprise Awards Scotland is a unique
opportunity for social enterprises to gain serious recognition for their
achievements and raise their public profile. A huge congratulations to the
winners and to everyone who took the time and effort to enter this year.”

Jonny Kinross, Chief
Executive of the Grassmarket Community Project, Winners of Social Enterprise of
the Year 2017, said:

“We are so delighted to win Social Enterprise of the Year 2017. I’m so proud of
our team, our volunteers, our staff but above all the members of our project
who inspire and motivate us. We’d like to congratulate all the winners and
finalists tonight – together we have created a sector to be proud of and proven
time and time again how business can change the lives of our most vulnerable,
creating a fairer, more inclusive world.”

The Scottish
Government Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities,
Angela Constance MSP, said:

“I would like to offer my congratulations to all the winners of this year’s
Social Enterprise Scotland Awards. Having recently launched a ten-year strategy
to grow social enterprise in Scotland, it’s vital we continue to recognise and
celebrate the talent of Scotland’s social entrepreneurs. Throughout Scotland,
these individuals work tirelessly to improve their communities through the
power of social enterprise, reinvesting all profits into social or
environmental missions.

“I am pleased that this year’s social enterprise census shows there are now
5,600 social enterprises in Scotland – one social enterprise for every 1,000
people. There are now more start-ups and more social enterprises trading
directly with the public than ever before. Our nation is now recognised as a
world leader in social enterprise, and is confirmed as host of next year’s
Social Enterprise World Forum. This is another excellent opportunity to put
Scotland’s social enterprise sector on the world stage, welcoming friends and
neighbours from around the globe and celebrating all we have achieved.”