Social Enterprise Awards - The winners


Yorkshire and the Humber’s finest social businesses of 2016 have been chosen, these organisations combine the best of enterprise with a commitment to a social mission to aid local communities.

Social Enterprise Yorkshire and the Humber is pleased to announce our award winners for 2016. The awards were presented at the SEYH Awards Gala Dinner on the evening of Tuesday 18th October at St Georges Centre in Leeds

The SEYH Award Winners for 2016 are:

Start-up of the Year: Affordable Justice

Social Impact of the Year: The Warren Youth Project

Social Investment of the Year: St Matthews House Ltd (Trading as The Art House)

Social Entrepreneur of the Year: Elliott Turnbull (The Works Skatepark)

Social Enterprise of the Year: Evolve: A Social Impact Company


Affordable Justice was established in response to the swingeing cuts to legal aid for victims of domestic violence and abuse. Affordable Justice want to ensure that women and children can access legal advice and representation by offering affordably-priced, non-profit making family law legal services, provided by qualified solicitors who are experts in this field.

The Warren provide support services, positive experiences, training and education and counselling to marginalised/vulnerable young people (10-25yrs), including those experiencing physical and mental health problems, in a safe and empowering environment. Their impact means Young People are listened to and get the support, space and time they need to feel empowered enough to ultimately take control of their lives.  This requires an environment where YP can be who you they are without feeling judged - we believe we create that place. The Warren has also launched Warren Records a record label for young people run by young people.

The Art House (registered name, St Matthew’s House) is a new charity in Sheffield, offering arts workshops, the city’s first community pottery, a café and an exhibition space. The purpose of the Art House is to enable the recovery of people with mental health problems and support the development of others living with disadvantage.

The Art House is the result of the £1.5m refurbishment of St Matthews House a semi-derelict grade 2 listed building in Sheffield’s city centre. The following social investment has enabled this building to become a stunning landmark offering high quality opportunities to the whole community. Art House received loans from Charity Bank, Vincent House and Key Fund which helped leverage grants from the European Regional Development Fund, Tudor Trust and Church Burgesses Trust.

Elliott Turnbull is the CEO of The Works Skatepark Charity. From its conception back in 2007 to the charity buying the business in 2012; Elliott has strived with passion, enthusiasm and dedication to make the facility available to all. There are two areas to the charity – the skatepark and the alternative provision. Elliott’s initial vision was to have the charity to buy a private business and run it as a social enterprise, pledging all profits to provide more facilities for local people. He managed to secure agrant from Jimbo’s Fund and raised the rest through The social Investment Business, allowing the charity to purchase the shares making it into a social enterprise. After doing this, very successfully (even though he had experience personal tragedy), he strived to grow the  works. From January 2014 he has created an Off-site provision for young people, which started with 1 young person and 2 employees, through his vision to help more young people it has grown to support 150 young people and 12 “educational” employees.

Evolve supports children growing up in the Digital Age. Physical Health and Emotional Wellbeing are under threat as never before with inactivity, obesity, Heart Disease, Type 2 Diabetes and many Cancers the result – along with alarming, rising concerns about the mental health of children.

Evolve Health Mentors working in schools aim to reverse these negative trends by holistically bringing children to a happier, healthier and more successful space which, in turn, will provide the educational gains that the system demands.

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Event Partners
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




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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.



Working Capital Conference 2016

Kelham Island Museum, Sheffield - 22nd March 2016


Working Capital is a Social Investment Conference designed to bring together the leading exponents in Social Investment with Social Enterprises, Community Enterprises and Social Enterpreneurs to learn about emerging products, do deals and undertake business. This is the fourth conference and this year's theme is 'New Opportunities'.

Our first announced Keynote speaker is Cliff Prior, newly appointed Chief Executive of Big Society Capital in one of his first public appearances.

We will be focussing on new opportunities in Social Investment and how organisations can be supported to be finance ready to take on investment. We will be hearing mainly from investees about their journey from an idea to fruition and the challenges, pitfalls, unexpected bonuses and how you can navigate through the complex world of finance to have a sucesful challenge. The social enterprises and charities who have recieved investment will be joined by their investors who will chip and can answer questions with the investees.

We will also have an expanded marketplace and workshops where you can chat to investors and learn more about how to get ready for social finance, what investors are looking for and how to sell your idea.

We have already got confirmed involvement from our event partners Big Society Capital as well as FSE, Charity Bank, Big Issue Invest, SASC and Unity Trust Bank.

The venue is Kelham Island Industrial Museum in Sheffield whose main gallery has a 200 delegate capacity theatre style.

More details and programme to follow - but book early to avoid dissapointment here.


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