The prestigious awards, now in their 11th consecutive year, will take place on Friday 27th October at Crowne Plaza Hotel, Shaws Bridge, Belfast.
Hosted by BBC Radio presenter and Social Enterprise NI ambassador, Cate Conway, the event will celebrate and recognise the outstanding achievements of the businesses in the social enterprise sector. Entries are currently open for the awards and applicants are encouraged to enter before the deadline of midnight on Sunday 23rd July 2023.
Faithful+Gould is a world-leading integrated project and programme management consultancy, supporting clients with the management of construction projects and programmes. Social value is embedded into the overall business strategy and the ways in which they spend and partner with external organisations.
Since the introduction of UK legislation, Faithful+Gould clients are also looking for support in understanding how to build their own business strategies and to best leverage impactful outcomes from their procurement activities. Local Northern Ireland clients include Translink and NI Water.
Brendan Gallagher, Social Value Manager at Faithful+Gould, said:
“We are thrilled to be headline sponsor of the NI Social Enterprise Awards 2023. We are passionate about supporting the social enterprise sector in Northern Ireland and at every opportunity promote the amazing work and positive social value delivered by social organisations locally and regionally.
“At Faithful+Gould, innovation and collaboration are at the heart of our business, we are eager to drive forward innovation and quality working partnerships within this sector. This award partnership strengthens our commitment to join forces to support integration of social enterprises into local and regional supply chains.
“The sector demonstrates huge economic growth, resilience, and social sustainability. We truly value the prominent role that social enterprises play in building stronger communities and helping the world to keep moving forward.
“We look forward to growing a long-term, mutually beneficial partnership with Social Enterprise NI and attending the awards ceremony in October. Best of luck to all applicants.”
Commenting on the exciting sponsorship announcement, Colin Jess, Chief Executive of Social Enterprise NI, said:
“As we gain momentum towards the 2023 awards, we are delighted to welcome Faithful+Gould on board as the main headline sponsor. The sector is growing rapidly, and this sponsorship marks significant recognition of the talent, innovation, and incredible impact of social enterprises in Northern Ireland.
“The awards are a huge event in the calendar for the sector and we can’t wait to celebrate the ongoing dedication and commitment of these incredible businesses to create positive social change.”
Peter Masonbrook, Head of Social Value at Faithful+Gould added:
“With Faithful+Gould continued investment in social value, we are supporting our clients and their communities in a way that hasn’t been seen before. We have a core purpose to support and invest in local businesses that have a common goal to do good in the local communities of Northern Ireland. This is one of many ways we want Faithful+Gould to show that we truly believe that we dedicate our time in working with Social Enterprise to upskill and educate in areas where it is needed most and we can successfully do this by supporting SENI.
“In the last 18 months, we have been raising awareness of social value across internal departments and ensuring social value is embedded into our internal processes and governance. Sponsoring the SENI Awards means that our business’ choice of continued investment in social value is the way forward, and hopefully will inspire other businesses to do the same.”
Organisations in the public and private sector who have integrated social enterprises into their supply chain are encouraged to apply for the ‘Best Cross Sector Collaboration’ category. These partnerships are crucial to the growth of the sector and strengthening the local economy, so it’s important that this work is acknowledged.
To enter the awards, visit https://socialenterpriseni.awardsplatform.com/.