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Social Enterprise Award 2011-12

There’s a £50,000 prize fund on offer in this year’s West Sussex Social Enterprise Award.

The annual award, now in its sixth year, is run by the West Sussex Social Enterprise Network together with West Sussex County Council and supports social enterprises in West Sussex.

Deputy Leader of the County Council Lionel Barnard, who has responsibility for Enterprise, said: “This year the awards are even more special than usual as, thanks to the West Sussex County Council Social Enterprise Fund, we have a total of £50,000 to be awarded.”

In previous years the award has gone to one or two organisations. Thanks to the fund, it means there will be a grand total of ten lucky winners this year.

The ten awards for £5,000 are for the ten best social enterprise ideas that will see an income generated from selling a product or service, and will benefit the community and/or environment in West Sussex. The award can be used to start up a social enterprise or to help grow an existing organisation.

The 2011 award scheme has been launched on Social Enterprise Day (Thursday November 17), which forms part of Global Entrepreneurship Week.

Lionel added: “We’ve supported these awards for a number of years and have had many innovative ideas put forward.

“Social enterprises form an important part of our communities and provide a variety of services. I look forward to seeing the range of entries for this year’s awards.”

The deadline for entries for the awards is Wednesday January 4, 2012. For further information visit the website at www.wssen.org.uk 

For further information on Social Enterprise Day visit Social Enterprise UK’s website at www.socialenterprise.org.uk 

The following are eligible to enter the Social Enterprise Award:

·          Social enterprises
·          Organisations from the community and voluntary sector as long as the idea is to be developed into a social enterprise
·          Organisations from the private sector as long as any profits from the product or service are invested back to fulfil clear social objectives.
·          Individuals, as long as the idea is to be developed as a social enterprise.