Social Enterprise NI Awards 2021 – Winners Announced

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Social Enterprise NI

18th Oct 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                                    You Glow Girl

Social Impact                                     Joint winners – Parent Action CIC and Tidal

Health and Social Care                   The Hummingbird CIC

Education Training and Jobs        The NOW Group

Local Council of the Year               ABC Borough Council

Credit Union                                      New Horizons Credit Union

Stakeholder                                       Highly Commended – Farrans Construction

Winner – Kilwaughter Mineral

Consumer Facing                              GLL Better

Housing Association                        Radius Housing

Aspiring Leader                                 Highly Commended- Jayne Hamilton and Siofra Frost, Studyseed CIC

Winner – Eileen Wilson Footprints Women’s Centre

Leader of the Year                           David Hunter – AEL

Employee of the Year                     Evan Fleming – Kilcooley Women’s Centre

Volunteer of the Year                     Grace Finn, Springfield Charitable Association

Social Enterprise of the Year        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




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