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Social Enterprise NI Awards 2021 - Winners Announced

Updated: Oct 20, 2021

Social Enterprise NI held their Annual Awards on Friday 15th October 2021 in partnership with Sparq AV and Digi Leaders. The awards, showcasing the Social Enterprise Sector in Northern Ireland, was attended online by over 200 guests from Social Enterprise, Private, Public and Educational Sectors and hosted by Social Enterprise NI Ambassador, Cate Conway.

The Awards recognised the significant impact of the sector during Covid across 14 categories, including the new category of Aspiring Leader, as well as awarding a Lifetime Achievement Award to Gerry Ford who has recently retired as CEO of Advantage NI. Gerry is also responsible for introducing the brand names of Mugshots and Ravine and has been a fantastic leader and advocate for our sector.

The big winners on the night were Madlug CIC who picked up the coveted Social Enterprise of the Year Award. Other winners on the night were;

One To Watch Award – Sponsored by The Go for It Programme

Winner – You Glow Girl – Glow NI -

Social Impact Award – Sponsored by The Department For Communities

Joint Winners – Parent Action CIC - & Tidal Toome -

Health & Social Care Award – Sponsored by The Halifax Foundation for Northern Ireland

Winner – The Hummingbird Project -

Education, Training & Jobs Award – Sponsored by Hays Recruitment

Winner – The Now Group -

Local Council of the Year Award – Sponsored by NILGA

Winner – Armagh, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council -

Credit Union of the Year Award – Sponsored by Sparq Northern Ireland

Winner – New Horizons Credit Union, Lisburn -

Stakeholder of the Year Award – Sponsored by Northern Ireland Housing Executive

Highly Commended – Farrans Construction -

Winner – Kilwaughter Mineral -

Consumer Facing Award – Sponsored by Lockton Companies

Winner – GLL/Better Belfast -

Housing Association of the Year Award – Sponsored by Edwards & Co Solicitors

Winner – Radius Housing -

Aspiring Leader of the Year Award – Sponsored by Viable Corporate Services

Highly Commended – Siofra Frost & Jayne Hamilton – Studyseed CIC -

Winner - Eileen Wilson – Footprints Women’s Centre -

Social Enterprise Leader of the Year – Sponsored by Community Finance Ireland

Winner – David Hunter, CEO of Access Employment Limited -

Employee of the Year Award – Sponsored by IdVerde

Winner – Evan Fleming, Kilcooley Women’s Centre -

Volunteer of the Year Award – Sponsored by Firmus Energy

Winner – Grace Finn, Springfield Charitable Association -

NI Social Enterprise of the Year 2021 Award – Sponsored by Department for the Economy

Winner – Madlug CIC -

Colin Jess Director of Social Enterprise NI said “Our Annual Awards are always the highlight of the social enterprise year however despite the different format this year we are delighted by the numbers who entered, attended online and supported the Awards, particularly those new and existing sponsors of the event. The social enterprise sector in NI will play a huge roll in the NI economic recovery post covid. Well done and congratulations to all who entered and were shortlisted with a special shout out to those who were successful”.

For further details on all winners and highly commended organisations, go to our website via this link


For further information about Social Enterprise NI, and how to get involved, please contact

David Arthurs, Business Development Executive/Administrator

Office: 028 9046 1810

Mobile: 07936 931 462

Twitter @socentni

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