Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) congratulates the Highlands and Islands winners at this year’s Social Enterprise Awards Scotland which were announced on Tuesday night (3 Nov) at The Scottish Parliament.
Social Enterprise of the Year was announced as COPE Ltd from Shetland and the Social Enterprise Champion award went to Isobel Grigor of Calman Trust, based in Inverness.
Social enterprises trade just like any other businesses, but at their heart they have a social purpose. They trade for social, community and environmental benefits rather than distributing profits to shareholders or owners.
Scotland’s annual awards for innovation and success in social enterprise showcase how social enterprises are improving Scotland’s economy and society.
This year also marks the 10 year anniversary of Social Enterprise Scotland, as well as the year of the first ever Social Enterprise Census Scotland.
Alex Paterson, Chief Executive of HIE, said: “Social enterprises bring far reaching economic and community benefits across the region. They create jobs, attract people and bring investment. We congratulate COPE Ltd and Isobel Grigor, Chief Executive of Calman Trust on their fantastic achievements this week. Both organisations make a huge impact, tackling social problems and strengthening communities, and we look forward to continuing to work with them in the future.”
John Swinney MSP, Deputy First Minster, The Scottish Government, said: “Social enterprises make a huge impact right across Scotland. They help create employment and skills opportunities, improve public services and support some of our hardest to reach individuals. I am very happy, therefore, to celebrate the success of this year’s Social Enterprise Scotland award winners and to congratulate them on their substantial achievements.”
Ingrid Webb, Chief Executive, COPE Ltd, Social Enterprise of the Year 2015, said: "We are delighted to have won Social Enterprise of the Year at the Social Enterprise Awards Scotland 2015. This award puts Shetland firmly on the social enterprise map. The award will help towards our growth and development over the coming months and years and is recognition of the hard work of all our staff and partners."
In 1998 Isobel Grigor formed Calman Trust, to deliver supported housing in Invergordon for four young people. She continues to lead the organisation, which now offers support and training via social enterprise, working annually with more than 450 young people in the Highlands.
COPE Ltd is automatically short-listed in the UK Awards which take place on Thursday 26 November 2015 at the Underglobe on London’s Southbank.
HIE was also Highly Commended under the Market Builder category.