New youth category for Social Enterprise Awards Wales 2014
It doesn’t seem long since the glitzy ceremony at the SWALEC Stadium in Cardiff to recognise the achievements of the leading figures in the Welsh social enterprise sector. It was last October when we got together for the 2013 Social Enterprise Wales Awards ceremony and now it’s time to launch the 2014 awards!
Nominations are now open for this year’s Social Enterprise Awards Wales….with one exciting new addition. Along with ‘Social Enterprise of the Year’, ‘One to Watch’, ‘Buy Social’ (previously known as the Market-builder award) and Social Enterprise Champion, we’re pleased to confirm the ‘Inspiring Youth Enterprise’ category for 2014. This new category will be open to 8-24 year olds.
Often we hear people talk about the next generation of entrepreneurs in other areas of business. This new category will help to highlight the young talent that exists in the social enterprise sector in Wales. Many of them will have been inspired by the growing number of social businesses and we are likely to see more young social entrepreneurs coming through in the years ahead. The ‘Inspiring Youth Enterprise’ category is designed to encourage more children and young people in Wales to think of social and ethical options, when they consider future business options or career pathways.
We had a fantastic response to the awards last year. Not only did the number of entries increase, but the quality continued to rise too. PS Services, the social business of mental health charity Gofal, went on to UK success, by picking up the One to Watch category at the UK Social Enterprise Awards as well as the Wales awards. PS Services was awarded the title for its cleaning and grounds maintenance business, which was established to provide supportive employment to vulnerable individuals seeking to return to the labour market.
We’re looking forward to receiving your entries for this year’s awards. You can self-nominate or put someone else forward. Nominations need to be submitted by Friday 11th July. Good luck!