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Deadline extended: 2023 NI Social Enterprise Awards

The entry deadline for the 2023 Northern Ireland Social Enterprise Awards has been extended to allow entrants additional time to complete their submissions. has been extended to allow entrants additional time to complete their submissions.

Closing Date: Midnight on Sunday 6th August 2023

The awards, sponsored by Faithful+Gould, recognise the remarkable individuals, teams and organisations that contribute to the success and innovation of the social enterprise sector.

With a wide range of categories, participants have the opportunity to highlight their excellence, resilience, and positive social impact. Entry is free and open to all social enterprises operating within Northern Ireland.

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.

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 6th August.

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

The highly anticipated awards ceremony will take place on Friday 27th October at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast, hosted by BBC radio presenter and Social Enterprise NI ambassador Cate Conway. Last year the event attracted 600+ people last year and guests can expect another action packed evening, filled with inspiration and excitement.

To apply for the 2023 awards, visit

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