ECT Charity is delighted to announce that it has been shortlisted for two of this year’s NatWest SE100 Social Business Awards.
Run by Pioneers Post magazine in partnership with NatWest bank, the judges have chosen ECT for consideration in both the Impact and Leadership categories.
The Impact Award recognises enterprises that “take considerable measures to demonstrate and communicate the social or environmental impact of their business, using this to improve their performance and win new business”.
In the Leadership category – the shortlist of which names ECT’s Chief Executive Anna Whitty – the focus is on “social enterprise bosses demonstrating excellent leadership, effectiveness and inspiration in taking the team on a mission-driven journey to success”.
The winners, who have been selected from nearly 190 applicants from across the UK, will be revealed later this week, at a ceremony hosted by NatWest in central London.
Patrick O’Keeffe, Chair of ECT Charity, said: “We are really proud of what the ECT Charity team has achieved in this, our 40th Anniversary year. We have a clear social mission – to end social isolation through community transport. In developing our Social Value Toolkit, not only have we been able to demonstrate how ECT has made a difference, but we have enabled other community transport organisations to demonstrate the value of their work too.
“Our Chief Executive, Anna Whitty, has worked tirelessly over many years to build ECT into the successful organisation it is today – always focused on our charitable objectives, social impact and sustainability, and in addition, dedicated to sharing what we have learned with the broader community transport sector and social enterprise movement.”
Announcing the shortlist, Megan Peat, an SE100 judge and CEO of NatWest Social & Community Capital, said: “It’s fantastic to see so many great applications for the SE100 Awards, with the high standard across the board demonstrating the breadth and strength of the social enterprise sector in the UK. It made deciding on the winners very difficult for the judges so we look forward to welcoming all of those on the shortlist to the ceremony on 28th March.”
Eddie Finch, Partner in the Charity & Not-for-Profit team at Buzzacott accountants, who carried out due diligence for the awards, said the quality of the nominations in all categories was “the best I can recall in the nine years of our involvement”.
He added: “There was a fantastic mix of imaginative and inspiring start-ups and mature business organisations that continue to deliver on economic and social inclusion, environmental sustainability and a host of other social value aims.”
You can find the full shortlist for the NatWest SE100 here.