SEYH Awards Shortlist

Social Enterprise Yorkshire and the Humber are launching the annual search to find the region’s most dynamic and innovative social enterprises.

Nominations for the Social Enterprise Awards have been announced.
There are five categories in the Social Enterprise Awards: Start up of the Year, Social Impact, Social Investment, Social Entrepreneur of the Year and Social Enterprise of the Year.
The nominees are:
Social Enterprise of the Year
Burton St Foundation
Social Entrepreneur of the Year
Elliot Turnbull
Liz Weatherill
David Brazer
New Start Social Enterprise of the Year
Outsource VCSE Support CIC
Affordable Justice
Social Impact Award
Airedale Computers
The Warren
South Leeds Alternative Trading Enterprise (SLATE)
Social Investment Award
Older People’s Action in the Locality (OPAL)
Ilkley Lawn Tennis & Squash Club (ILTSC)
St Matthews House Ltd 
The Awards will be presented on the 18th October at St Georges Centre in Leeds in partnership with Nurture - tickets are available here
We are delighted to announce that Nathan Atkinson co-founder of the excellent 'Fuel for Schools' Social Enterprise Initiative is our guest speaker.

The programme has three key objectives:

1. Remove hunger as a barrier to learning

2. Highlight the importance of nutrition and the associated benefits linked to learning

3. Highlight the vast amounts of wasted (yet perfectly edible) food across our local and wider communities.

We began as a partnership between The Real Junk Food Project and Richmond Hill Primary School with a project that was designed to remove hunger as a barrier to learning by providing all 600 pupils at the school with breakfast each morning. Children at Richmond Hill now start their day in school with toast and a drink. The food provided is wasted food that would otherwise have been destined for landfill.

Here is a video of Nathan explaining what Fuel for Skills is and here is a feature with Nathan on Good Morning Britain

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Social Impact Award sponsored by


Social Entrepreneur of the Year sponsored by





Event Partners


Get Social Finance Ready

Social Enterprise Yorkshire and the Humber has been successful in securing Awards for All funding to develop a resource pack to help social enterprises in the region to prepare to take on social investments. Through our programme of Social Investment Roundtables we heard clear messages from organisations describing a lack of awareness of social finance, where it is, when to use it and how to access it.

For details, please download the project summary.

Social Value Conference 2016

Wednesday, 20th July from 9.30 to 15.30 - Unity Works, Westgate Wakefield, WF1 1EP

Do you wonder how you can measure all the great stuff you do or wondered what the Public Sector require from Charities and Social Enterprises contracting with them aroudn impact reporting? Or want to hear from those at the cutting edge about what is coming down the line around Social Value.

If so then Social Value 16 is for you with speakers from Government, Councils, Health and frontline Social Enterprises.


Morning Session – Introducing Social Value and its application

Workshops – Technical Areas around Social Enterprise Development, Social Value, Reporting and Measurement

Afternoon – How Public Sector across Local Authority, Health, Police and Fire use Social Value in Procurement


Confirmed Speakers include:

Cllr Denise Jeffrey, Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Economic Growth and Skills, Wakefield Council

Paul Schofield, Senior Policy Adviser, Cabinet Office

Alison Haskins, Chief Executive, Nova

Antony Sadler, Service Director Communities, Wakefield Council

Debbie Crellin, Crellin Consulting

Many more to be confirmed


Workshops on:

Starting and Growing your Social Enterprise

Social Impact Measurement

Social Value in Public Commissioning and Procurement

The legal aspects of Social Value




Supported by


Charity Bank and Key Fund Investment Roundtable

Friday, 24 June 2016 from 10:00 to 12:30 - Ebor Court, Leeds, LS1 4ND

This event with Charity Bank and Key Fund is centred around their loan offer.

Maybe you’re working in a charity and have a brilliant idea to create a trading arm to generate new income. Or you’re an established community-based organisation that sees a way to expand and grow, but just need a leg-up. Whether you’ve got a big idea around a community-run green energy project, or you want to revolutionise social care and set up a co-operative, Charity Bank and Key Fund can help.

Key Fund typically make investments up to £150k and Charity Bank from £150k up to £2.5 Million. Charity Bank and Key Fund are keen to make co-investment on larger projects and work together regularly in the interests of organisations seeking investment.

If you are interested in working with either Charity Bank or Key Fund this is the event for you with presentations from both, the opportunity to ask questions and a 20 minute private one to one session with either Charity Bank or Key Fund.

Details and registration at the Eventbrite page here.




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