Entry deadline for NI Social Enterprise Awards extended


The entry deadline for the 2023 Northern Ireland Social Enterprise Awards has been extended to midnight on Sunday, August 6, to allow entrants additional time to complete their submissions.

Organised by Social Enterprise Northern Ireland, the awards recognise the individuals, teams and organisations that contribute to the success and innovation of the social enterprise sector.

With an expanded range of categories, participants have the opportunity to highlight their excellence, resilience, and positive social impact.

With 14 categories to enter, including Social Enterprise of the Year, Emerging Leader, Outstanding Team and Best Cross Sector Collaboration, entrants are encouraged to highlight their achievements and advancements over the past year in their applications.

Entry is free and open to all social enterprises operating within Northern Ireland.

2023 Award Categories:

  • Best New Start Up
  • Best Use of Social Media
  • Community Wealth Building (NEW)
  • Consumer Facing Social Enterprise
  • Credit Union
  • Cooperative
  • Rural Social Enterprise
  • Social Impact Award
  • Social Enterprise of the Year
  • Outstanding Team
  • Young Person
  • Emerging Leader
  • Leader
  • Best Cross Sector Collaboration (NEW)

Information on eligibility criteria and categories can found on the online awards portal. Entrants can save and edit their entry to add any final changes to their submissions before the deadline of midnight on Sunday, August 6.

The judging process will commence in early September, with an independent panel of experts assessing the written entries.

Colin Jess, Chief Executive of Social Enterprise Northern Ireland, said: “Thank you to everyone who has submitted an entry. The sector has a wealth of talented people who deserve recognition for their outstanding contribution and work in Northern Ireland. By extending the deadline, we want to ensure everyone has the chance to showcase their work.”

Winners will be revealed on Friday, October 27, at a ceremony in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast hosted by BBC radio presenter and Social Enterprise NI ambassador Cate Conway.

To apply for the 2023 awards, visit https://socialenterpriseni.awardsplatform.com/.