Forth Sector named the Social Enterprise of the Year at Edge Upstarts Awards 2008
Forth Sector has been named the ‘Social Enterprise of the Year’ at the Edge Upstarts Awards 2008. The event, supported by New Statesmen and Edge, took place at London’s Lindley Hall on 18th June. The UK-wide awards, which recognise excellence in all aspects of social enterprise, were hosted by Ed Balls MP and BBC Radio 4 presenter, Edward Stourton.
Forth Sector was the only Scotland-based social enterprise to make it to the final 3 and the first ever social enterprise with a portfolio of social firms to win the award. Over 50 social enterprises from all over the UK were nominated for this year’s awards. The judges viewed Forth Sector as an especially deserved finalist not only because it is a highly successful social enterprise in its own right – it also helps to develop others.
Sue Matthias, Acting Editor of the New Statesman, congratulated the winners emphasising that they “represent the incredible range of talent at work in this very dynamic sector.”
Mike Finlayson, the CEO of Forth Sector, commented on this achievement:
“Forth Sector are delighted with this award and flattered to have received it from such an auspicious body. We have great pleasure in accepting it as a measure of the value of social enterprise to society in general and of Forth Sector’s important work in helping people with mental health issue to flourish within our social firms.
Established in 1981 as Edinburgh Community Trust, Forth Sector has been running its businesses with a social purpose since 1990s. Additionally, through its consultancy arm, Forth Sector Development, the organisation has been providing guidance and advice to other aspiring social enterprises.
Winning the Social Enterprise of the Year Award is a great acknowledgement of Forth Sector’s work and deserved recognition for staff and trainees who have shown commitment and dedication to the organisation’s social aims.