Building Public Trust Award for Impact in Social Enterprise

Recognising social enterprises for demonstrating a positive social or environmental impact

Social enterprises trade to tackle social problems, improve communities, people's life chances, or the environment. Measuring impact is the recognised way in which a social enterprise can demonstrate how it’s delivering on a social or environmental mission and the value created for beneficiaries and society.

The PwC Building Public Trust Award for Impact in Social Enterprise, in partnership with the School for Social Entrepreneurs, recognises social enterprises demonstrating a positive social or environmental impact. Applications are open to all UK based social enterprises and the application window usually runs from April to June each year.

To enter, applicants must state how they demonstrate a positive social or environmental impact and submit additional quantitative and qualitative evidence to support their application. The winner will receive a £5,000 donation and two runners up will each receive £2,500 to help them achieve even greater impact. Our ten shortlisters and three finalists are invited to celebrate with us at our Building Public Trust Awards event in London.

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

Building Public Trust Award 2019 winner: Money A+E


We have postponed our Impact in Social Enterprise Award for 2020 in light of COVID-19 but are hoping to resume this again in 2021.

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, School for Social Entrepreneurs and Social Enterprise UK 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 is open for applications each year from April to June and more information will be posted here in February 2021 with the dates for our Impact in Social Enterprise Award 2021.. If you require any assistance during the application process, please email

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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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Our judging panel includes representatives from PwC, School for Social Entrepreneurs, corporates and social enterprises. Our expert panel uses the following principles to screen applications. These include that the social enterprise:

  • demonstrates a positive social or environmental impact in line with its mission and objectives
  • demonstrates thorough measurement and evaluation processes
  • clearly communicates its objectives and impact to stakeholders
  • includes good quantitative and qualitative evidence of impact

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Maggie Robb

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

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