Social Business Awards

About the Awards

The NatWest SE100 Social Business Awards is recognised as a leading awards programmes for social enterprises across the UK – winning or being shortlisted for one of our awards not only brings you the respect of your peers but raises your profile among customers, media and potential clients and investors.

Awards winners will receive a professionally produced winners film about their organisation for use across future PR and marketing collateral, a beautiful SE100 trophy created by social enterprise artists, and a share of cash prizes totaling £5,000.

Winners will also receive a free ticket to the annual Good Deals social investment conference held in November, and are invited to bring members of their team to attend a special residential (overnight) Insight event at the RBS/NatWest Business School in Edinburgh in early 2018, focusing on leadership. 

The SE100 Social Business Awards were held in London on the 19th January 2017, you can view a full list of winners and watch the films produced here.

Entries to this year's awards are now open, please download the relevant nomination form below. Only three of the awards - Storyteller, Resilience and Leadership - require a nomination form, for the remaining three awards - Growth Champion, Impact Champion and Trailblazing Newcomer - organisations meeting the outlined criteria will be shortlisted automatically by the SE100 team. All forms/enquiries should be emailed to

Due to a change in scheduling, the deadline for nominations has been extended to midnight on the 30th of November, 2017.

Why should you enter?

By entering the awards and being part of the NatWest SE100 Index, organisations become automatic members of the NatWest SE100 Social Business Club, the business support club for social enterprises. The Club aims to provide insight, inspiration, expertise and peer-learning through a special programme of events and top notch online and magazine content.

By adding your organisation’s data to the SE100 Index you also become part of a growing number of social ventures aiming for greater transparency and collaboration with other like-minded businesses, contributing towards quantifying and building knowledge of the landscape of the social economy in the UK.

You can read more about last year's winners here.



  • Fully completed SE100 profile
  • Led the organisation for at least 3 years
  • Nominated by an existing member of the team
  • Two additional endorsements; evidenced by staff, partners, stakeholders, clients or customers

The Leadership Award

The Leadership Award will be awarded to an individual who has led an organisation effectively, inspired their staff, and has demostrated that their attitude and ability towards running a business has delivered success both on social and financial grounds. In particular we look for:

  • Positive financial and social impact track record as an organisation
  • What legacy the individual has left while they have been there
  • What makes the individual a good leader



  • Fully completed SE100 profile
  • At least two years of 'annual returns' (Data submitted on
  • At least three years of trading accounts
  • Positive financial growth
  • Diverse and sustainable income streams

Growth Champion

​The Growth Champion will be awarded to the social venture who has experienced positive, financial growth from one year to the next. In particular we focus on:

  • The positive growth of the social enterprise across a range of turnover categories

  • Sustainable and diverse income streams coupled with a sustainable business model



  • Fully completed SE100 profile
  • At least 3 years of trading accounts
  • An impact measurement score of 9 or more (generated through the SE100)

Impact Champion

The Impact award recognises social enterprises that take considerable measures to demonstrate and communicate the social or environmental impact of their business. In particular the award focuses on:

  • The steps taken to measure the relative value of the organisation’s social or environmental impact
  • Independently assured social impact reporting
  • The level of stakeholder involvement in this process
  • The changes that an organisation has made to their activities and management as a result of this process
  • The extent to which the organisation has been able to compete for and win new business as a result of demonstrating its impact



  • Fully completed SE100 profile
  • Fewer than 3 years' trading accounts
  • An impact measurement score of 7 or more
  • At least 1 year of SE100 data 

Trailblazing Newcomer

This is the award for a newcomer social enterprise who has made great strides to become a leader amongst their peers. The winners of this award are truly trailblazing – they combine solid growth with a commitment to proving the positive impact of their business. In particular the award focuses on:

  • Sustainable financial growth and business model
  • The steps taken to measure the relative value of the organisation’s social impact
  • The level of stakeholder involvement in this process



  • Fully completed SE100 profile
  • A completed nomination form
  • At least 5 years of trading, and 3 years of annual returns uploaded to the SE100 site

The Resilience Award

The Resilience Award is one for those social ventures that continually deliver positive social or environmental change and repeatedly achieve impact goals, keeping focussed on delivering their mission 'whatever the weather'. The winner will be a social venture that can show it has been 'exceptionally steady' by successfully tackling challenges and overcoming difficulties.



  • Fully completed SE100 profile
  • A completed nomination form
  • An original contribution to the SE100 blog for organisations that have been shortlisted

The Storyteller Award

The Storyteller Award is our recognition of the great stories the SE100 team hear every day from social enterprises on the Index. These are the stories that back up the data we collect. This award will go to a social venture that not only tells a great story, but has created and delivered a brilliant communications campaign to drive the impact and scale of its activity.