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NI Social Enterprise's Shine at Social Enterprise UK Awards 2018


On Wednesday 28th November at London’s Guild Hall, the Annual Social Enterprise UK Awards took place.  This year’s awards had over 90 shortlisted organisations and individuals across the 14 categories. Northern Ireland was well represented at this year’s Awards with 6 of our own Social Enterprise Organisations shortlisted.  

We are absolutely delighted that Madlug won the Consumer Facing Social Enterprise of The Year Award by a Public Vote, receiving over 7.000 votes. Madlug founder, Dave Linton on collecting his award dedicated the award to all those kids in the care system across the UK and said that we at Madlug believe they are INCREDABLE.

Now Group were also winners on the night collecting the Tech for Good Social Enterprise of the Year Award in recognition of JAM Card initiative. CEO Maeve Monaghan was on hand to collect the award and dedicated it to all the JAM Card users across the UK and by getting this prestigious award she hopes that other UK Business and Organisations become JAM Card Friendly.

Special Mentions must also go to Access to Employment Larne (AEL), on being shortlisted for UK Social Enterprise of The Year. This further recognition for David Hunter and his team after winning this Year’s Social Enterprise NI Social Enterprise of The Year Award.

Space NI Newry, who were shortlisted for the One to Watch Award, again great for Jacinta Linden and her team and the work going on in the Newry & Mourne Area through their Workspace and The Good Space Retail Shop.

USEL, who were shortlisted for the Prove It: Social Impact Award, more great recognition on the national stage for CEO, Bill Atkinson and his team who continue to grow and support people through their Employment and Learning programmes, further recognition after winning Social Impact Award at this year’s Northern Ireland Awards.

And also Choice Housing, who were shortlisted for the Transformative Community Business Award.

On the evening our former chair and CEO of Employers For Childcare, Marie Marin was also shortlisted for the Women in Social Enterprise Award, great to see Marie recognised on the national stage and especially for leading the way through her Save Childcare Vouchers Campaign this year.

We were also delighted to see Ashton Community Trust CEO, Paul Roberts inducted into the Hall of Fame of Honorary Fellows, Paul follows our current chair and former Bryson CEO, John McMullan who was inducted at last year’s awards on representing Northern Ireland.

All the organisations and Individuals should be very proud of their achievements at being recognised on the National Stage and congratulations to you all on your achievements from everyone at Social Enterprise Northern Ireland.

For More Information on All the Winners at last nights awards go to