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Social Enterprise NI Awards 2019 in association with Sparq AV - Winners Announced

Friday evening saw the Annual Social Enterprise NI Gala Awards Dinner in association with Sparq AV take place in The Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast. The awards, showcasing the Social Enterprise Sector in Northern Ireland, was attended by over 450 guests from Social Enterprise, Private, Public and Educational 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 former chair & CEO of Lisburn based Employers For Childcare, Marie Marin. Marie has over 20 years’ experience as a Social Entrepreneur and is a fantastic leader and advocate for a Social Value Act for Northern Ireland. It was Marie’s social vision which established Employers For Childcare when she identified that the lack of affordable, quality childcare and information for parents on work-related issues, were barriers to employment. Congratulations to Marie on her Award.

As always we are grateful to Peter O’Hara Photography for capturing the evening for us. To see all the photos from the Awards Evening click on this link 

We are also thankful to Sparq AV who have come on board this year as our Media Partner and Principle Sponsor, providing amazing visuals of the evening, capturing the essence of our awards on video, whilst also interviewing our lucky winners.

There was over 80 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 Go for It Programme  – 


Social Impact – Sponsored by Department for Communities -


Health & Social Care – Sponsored by Ulster Bank -


Education, Training & Jobs Sponsored by Hays Recruitment -

  • Joint Highly Commended – Open College Network Northern Ireland -

& Network Personnel –


Local Council of the Year – Sponsored by NILGA -


Credit Union of the Year – Sponsored by FSB NI -


Stakeholder of the Year – Sponsored by Lockton Companies Llp


Housing Association of the Year – Sponsored by Sparq AV -


Young Social Entrepreneur of the Year – Sponsored by NI Housing Executive -

  • Winner – Jonny Hanson – Jubilee Farm CIC


Leader of the Year – Sponsored by UCIT -


Employee of the Year – Sponsored by - Firmus Energy -  


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


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


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 Larne Based band Zolene & the A.L.S. Band.