Maria Morgan, Kineara’s managing director, has been shortlisted for the Women’s Champion award at this year’s UK Social Enterprise Awards.
The Awards, organised by Social Enterprise UK, recognise excellence and outstanding achievements by social enterprises – businesses that reinvest their profits for social and environmental good – as well as those who lead them.
The UK now has more than 70,000 social enterprises, employing a million people and contributing £24 billion to the economy each year.
Kineara, based in and around East London, is an innovative social enterprise that brings holistic support to vulnerable families and individuals. The organisation works with local schools and housing associations to support some of the hardest to reach residents of east London through challenging times.
Programme lead Anja Lewin said: “We are so excited that our director has been recognised by SEUK for all her dedication and passion for all her staff and the families we work with. She has been a huge inspiration to all of us.”
Peter Holbrook, Social Enterprise UK’s Chief Executive, said:
“Congratulations to Maria and to Kineara. This year, the quality of the applications was outstanding. Social enterprises are continuing to grow, change lives and are proof that another way, a better way, of doing business is possible.”
The finals will take place on 28th November in London’s Covent Garden at the Grand Connaught Rooms. Guests will be entertained by the comedian and two time Edinburgh Comedy Awards finalist, Nish Kumar.
Political figures including the Rt. Hon John Bercow MP, Speaker of the House of Commons, and the Minister for Civil Society, Rob Wilson, will present awards to some of the winners.
Sponsors of the 2016 Awards include Big Society Capital, British Council, GLL, J&J, Landmarc, NatWest, PwC, Santander and Wates.
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Social Enterprise UK is the national body for social enterprise. Social enterprises are businesses that are changing the world. When they profit, society profits. Together with our members we are the voice for social enterprise in the UK. For more information, visit www.socialenterprise.org.uk.