Awel Co-op, one of the UK’s star performers, celebrated by NatWest SE100

Star performers celebrated by NatWest SE100, UK’s leading market intelligence resource for social enterprise

Now in its 7th year, the leading market intelligence resource for social ventures, the NatWest SE100 Index, is pleased to announce the shortlist for its 2016/17 Social Business Awards.

Dan McCallum from Awel Co-op is amongst the finalists. Dan said “I am delighted that Awel Co-op is receiving this recognition. We’ve been fighting for our community wind farm for 18 years. It is fantastic that the wind turbines will be generating before Christmas. We have also raised £1.56m from our co-op Share Offer and want to raise £2m – our minimum investment is £50. Could be a brilliant present for someone to co-own a wind farm! Visit for more info.”


Revealed at the annual Good Deals social investment conference, a total of 26 organisations have been shortlisted, celebrating the most inspiring and effective social enterprise leaders, and the strength, impact and resilience of the sector in the UK.

All shortlisted organisations will be invited to bring members of their team to attend a special residential Insight Event at the RBS/NatWest Business School in Edinburgh, in early 2017, focusing on “Leadership and Building a Brilliant Social Enterprise Team.”

Mark Parsons, Head of Community Finance and Social Enterprise, NatWest, said: “The SE100 Awards are a great opportunity to celebrate the very best in UK social enterprise. This year’s strong shortlist showcases the vibrancy and diversity of these businesses, which are making our economy more successful and our communities stronger. NatWest has been a proud supporter of the sector for many years and we look forward to welcoming all of those shortlisted to the Awards ceremony in January.”

Tim West, CEO of Matter&Co and founder of the SE100, said: ”Running any business is challenging – running a business that changes people’s lives and stays profitable at the same time is nothing short of miraculous. This year’s SE100 shortlist is making miracles happen for people and communities all around the country. We look forward to learning how they do it and sharing their stories, as we select our winners over the coming months.”


Leadership champion nominees:

Dan McCallum  – Awel Aman Tawe

Karen Lynch – Belu Water Ltd

Stephen Waud  – Business Enterprise Fund

Steve Hodgetts  – Community Together CIC

Simon Donovan  – Manor House Development Trust

William Akerman – MyKindaFuture

Emma Worley – The Philosophy Foundation

Rose Marley – SharpFutures Manchester CIC

Growth champion nominees:

Blue Ventures

Let’s Do Business Group

Campaign Bootcamp

SharpFutures Manchester CIC

 Impact champion nominees:

Enabling Enterprise

Manor House Development Trust

Pembrokeshire FRAME Ltd

Furniture Resource Limited Centre (FRC Group)

Five Lamps

Delivered Next Day Personally CIC

Trailblazing newcomer nominees:

Hatch Enterprise

Babbasa Youth Empowerment Projects CIC

Change Please CIC

Resilience award nominees:

The Philosophy Foundation

National Community Wood Recycling Project

Belu Water Ltd

Hertfordshire Independent Living Service

SharpFutures Manchester CIC

Storyteller award nominees:

Agent Academy

Alquity Investment Management Limited

Bookdonors CIC

The House of St Barnabas

The Philosophy Foundation

We Make Places CIC

 The winners will be recognised at a special ceremony in London on Thursday 19th January 2017, to celebrate the achievements of all the fantastic social change makers on the Index.

Awards winners will receive a professionally produced winners film about their organisation to use across future PR and marketing collateral, a beautiful SE100 trophy created by social enterprise artists, and a share of cash prizes totalling £6,000.

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Photos are available on request

 Press Contacts

Emily Benbow: / 020 3861 3345

About NatWest and the NatWest SE100

At NatWest, we aim to make a positive social impact in the communities where we live and work. Since 1998, we have had a specialist Community Finance & Social Enterprise team that run programmes and partnerships that promote community businesses across the UK. We are proud to be founders and lead-sponsors of the NatWest SE100 Index, which has become a leading market-intelligence tool for social enterprises. This year we have launched the NatWest SE100 Social Business Club, which aims to help social businesses get the advice and resources they need to thrive and grow through a special programme of events, award ceremonies and top-notch magazine content. Both the club and the index are delivered in partnership, by Matter&Co and NatWest

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For more information contact the SE100 Social Business Club team at Matter&Co:      020 3861 3346

About Matter&Co

Matter&Co works with inspiring organisations across business and society to build success through powerful communications. We develop brands, strategies, PR campaigns, films, events, publications and digital media for ambitious, values-driven organisations in the social, corporate and public sectors – in the UK and internationally. As one of the UK’s first Certified B Corporations, we are committed to using business and our creativity as a force for good. In addition to creating the SE100 Index, Matter&Co is also the company behind Good Deals, the UK’s leading annual social investment event; and Pioneers Post, the social enterprise magazine.




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