Last week over 300 business leaders and entrepreneurs gathered at the UK Social Enterprise Awards.
The panel of judges awarded Jayne Hulbert and Jayne Cresswell their Social Entrepreneur prize, highlighting both the progress that the SWEET Project has made to date and its potential for replication in other cities in the UK.
Since 2010 SWEET has worked on 320 child protection cases, and in the last 12 months has helped remove 50 families from Local Authority child protection lists.
This year’s winners were chosen by a panel of expert judges from a record number of entries. Comedian and television presenter Sue Perkins presented the winners with bespoke trophies made by social enterprise Elvis & Kresse, which makes life-style accessories from materials otherwise destined in landfill.
Judges for the UK finals were: Kate Markey – CAN, Karen Lynch – Belu, Andy Lowe – Co-options, John McMullan – Bryson Charitable Group (2011 Award Winner), Susan Aktemel – Homes for Good, Mark Graham – PwC, Matt Stevenson-Dodd – Street League and Jeremy Nicholls – The SROI Network.