4 Jun 2018

The Social Business Wales Awards 2018 have been officially launched, recognising excellence amongst the social business sector in Wales.

Michael Sheen AGM 2017

The Awards are a fantastic platform for different types of social businesses to celebrate their successes and achievements over the last 12 months. This year, the Social Business Wales Awards feature three headline categories: 

  • Wales Social Enterprise of the Year
  • Wales One to Watch
  • Wales Employee Owned Business of the Year 

Social enterprises can also enter five other categories: 

  • Health and Social Care
  • Consumer Facing
  • Environmental
  • Education, Training and Employment
  • Tech for Good

Winners of the Social Business Wales Awards will be announced at an awards ceremony in September at Cardiff City Hall.

Michael Sheen, Patron of Social Enterprise UK, President of WCVA and ambassador for the social enterprise and co-operative movement in Wales, said:

'The Awards are a fantastic opportunity to not only celebrate the work of social businesses in Wales, but also to find new organisations doing great things. As a nation it is an opportunity for all of us to get behind them and the incredible work they do and to push for greater equality in our society. 

'Social businesses put people before profit - celebrating their success helps to inspire others to set up their own social business and reminds us all that we should buy social whenever we can! Social business should be the norm in Wales and whilst we aren't there yet it is improving and I hope we'll see some new challengers looking to take home the awards this year.' 

About the awards 

The Awards have been running since 2010 and are part of the Social Business Wales project, which is funded by Welsh Government and the European Regional Development Fund. The project provides business support to social businesses across Wales which have plans for growth, and is delivered by the Wales Co-operative Centre as part of the Business Wales service. 

This year, the Award categories have been sponsored by NatWest, Legal & General, Arup, BIC Innovation, Acuity Legal, ISG Plc, Cowshed and Reason Digital, with additional support from The Co-op and Social Investment Cymru, part of Wales Council for Voluntary Action(WCVA). 


Winners will receive £1000 prize money, a professional photo-shoot of their organisation, media coverage and a trophy to be presented to them at an award ceremony in Cardiff City Hall. The ceremony will be a glamorous, celebrity hosted event; a real opportunity to celebrate achievement and shine a spotlight on the positive impacts of the sector.


Find out more about the awards and how to apply.