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Social Enterprise NI Gala Awards 2018 - Winners

Social Enterprise Northern Ireland Gala Awards Dinner 2018 – Winners


Friday evening saw the Annual Social Enterprise NI Gala Awards Dinner take place in The Stormont Hotel, Belfast. The awards showcasing the Social Enterprise Sector in Northern Ireland was attended by over 400 guests from Social Enterprise, Private and Public Sectors.  The awards ceremony was hosted by UTVs Paul Clark a great supporter of the Social Enterprise Sector.


Social Enterprise NI also awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award to its chair & CEO of Bryson Charitable Group Mr John McMullan. John, who retires at the end of this month is a fantastic leader and a real advocate for a Social Value Act for Northern Ireland, congratulations to John on his Award.


As always we are grateful to Peter O’Hara Photography for doing our official photos for us Peter is a great supporter of our organization. To see all the photos from the Awards Evening click on this link


We are also thankful to Newry based Social Enterprise, Slackpress are Media Partner for capturing our awards on video and interviewing our lucky winners see a link to our Awards Video here


There was over 100 Entries this year making it very difficult for the Judges to shortlisted for the 13 categories and below is the list of Winners and those who won Highly Commended recognition.


Awards Winners & Highly Commended for each category were as follows:


One to Watch – Sponsored by Ledcom –


Highly Commended – Tre-Eco Belfast -   


Winner – The Good Space, Newry –  


Newly Established – Sponsored by NIHE -


Joint Winners – Ballymacash Sports Academy -

                     - Ravine


Social Impact – Sponsored by Department for Communities -


Winner –


CONSUMER FACING – Sponsored by Ulster Bank -


Highly Commended –  


Winner – Inspire Workplaces -


Education, Training & Jobs Sponsored by Hays Recruitment -


Highly Commended – Loveworks Cooperative -  

Winner – Now Group


Local Council of the Year – Sponsored by NILGA -


Winner – Lisburn Castlereagh City Council


Credit Union of the Year – Sponsored by UCIT -


Highly Commended – Ballinascreen Credit Union –  


Winner – Coalisland Credit Union


Stakeholder of the Year – Sponsored by Go for It Programme - 


Highly Commended – Ashes to Gold -

                               - Kilwaughter Lime


Winner – NIHE – Social Housing Programme


Housing Association of the Year – Sponsored by Marsh Insurance -


Winner – Clanmil Housing Group


Leader of the Year – Sponsored by Co3 -


Highly Commended – Seamus O’Prey – The Ortus Group -

                               - Bill Atkinson – USEL -


Winner – David Hunter – Acceptable Enterprises LTD, Larne -


Employee of the Year – Sponsored by FSB -


Highly Commended – Mark Dennison – IFA Foundation -


Winner – Graham Bowden – Tre-Eco Belfast


Volunteer of the Year – Sponsored by Edwards & Co Solicitors - 


Winner – Maureen Gilliespie – Stepping Stones -


Social Enterprise of The Year – Sponsored by Department for the Economy  


Winner – Acceptable Enterprises Ltd, Larne


Thanks to all our shortlisted entries and especially to our sponsors of our awards, our suppliers and our Booklet Sponsors for who without it would be impossible to run our annual awards evening.


The evening was rounded off listening to the Music of Owen Denver a young local musician from Belfast who has received support from Oh Yeh a Social Enterprise Based in Belfast.