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Impact in Social Enterprise Award 2021

Part of our Building Public Trust Awards programme

The PwC Building Public Trust Award for Impact in Social Enterprise, in partnership with the School for Social Entrepreneurs, recognises UK based social enterprises demonstrating excellence in impact reporting.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, PwC has supported businesses in responding to the significant impacts it has had and our COVID-19 webpages pull together a series of practical insights and guides to help give clarity, control and confidence. We know that despite the many challenges over the last year, many social enterprises have adapted and been at the centre of the pandemic response, supporting those most affected in our communities.

After pausing our awards programme in 2020, we are pleased to announce that they will resume again this year.

To enter, applicants must state how they demonstrate a positive social and/or environmental impact, submitting qualitative and quantitative evidence to support their application. The winner will receive a £5,000 award and two runners up with each receive £2,500. Our 10 shortlisters and three finalists are invited to celebrate with us at our Building Public Trust Awards event in London in the autumn.

Shown here (left to right): Mary Nightingale, Jerry During, Joel Davis, Greg Ashby

Building Public Trust Award 2019 winner: Money A+E


Awards criteria

Please read the awards criteria before completing this application form.

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Shortlisting and judging

A panel of subject matter experts from PwC, the School for Social Entrepreneurs and social entrepreneurs will agree a shortlist of ten entries initially and then three finalists. These finalists will then be considered by an independent judging panel.

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Application period

The award opens from 9:00am on Monday 3rd May 2021 and the application window closes on Friday 26th June 2021 (applications must be submitted by 5.00pm).

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Entrants must have an impact report and submit this as part of their application. Entrants must be a UK-based social enterprise that meets the following Social Enterprise UK criteria:

  • The business has a clear social/environmental mission that is set out in its governing documents
  • Is an independent business and earns more than half of its income through trading (unless trading for less than 24 months)
  • Is controlled or owned in the interests of the social/environmental mission
  • Is transparent about how it operates and its impact
  • Reinvests or gives away at least half of its profits or surpluses towards its social or environmental purpose.

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Prior to presenting the short list to the independent judging panel we consult representatives from the School for Social Entrepreneurs, other stakeholders and social enterprises. Our subject matter experts use the following principles to screen applications. These include that the social enterprise:

  • Demonstrates positive social or environmental impact* backed up by evidence (can include quantitative and/or qualitative evidence)**
  • Demonstrates good use of impact measurement or evaluation methods.
  • Involves and communicates with stakeholders (anyone that affects, or is affected by the enterprises activities)
  • Clearly communicates both its intended and actual impact in the reports or evidence provided

* ‘Impact’ has different definitions in the fields of impact measurement, evaluation, and accounting for social or environmental value, and we’re open to different approaches to the topic. When reviewing impact reports and evidence the judging panel will take into account the focus area and size of enterprise applying e.g. we wouldn't expect an in depth counterfactual impact evaluation from a small start up organisation.

** Although not essential we are interested in how social enterprises have responded or adapted through Covid-19 to create positive impact (which may or may not include changes to impact measurement or evaluation methods).

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Maggie Robb

Maggie Robb

Regional Manager - Inclusion, Community & Wellbeing, PwC United Kingdom

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