Firstport client named Scottish Start up Social Enterprise of the Year

October 26, 2012

The winners of the annual Scottish Social Enterprise Awards 2012 were announced yesterday at a special awards lunch in Edinburgh.

We are delighted that our client and Level 2 award winner Talking Mats in Stirling was named Start Up Social Enterprise of the Year! 

Talking Mats is an innovative, evidence-based communication framework which supports adults and children with a range of communication difficulties to express their views.  The Talking Mats vision is to improve the lives of people with communication difficulties and those close to them by increasing their capacity to communicate effectively about things that matter to them. There are four strands to the work of Talking Mats: Resources, Training, Consultancy and Research. Talking Mats already provides resources and training internationally, including Japan, USA, China, Germany and Australia, with a network of 100 accredited trainers worldwide.  They are finalists for Scotland’s Dementia Awards 2012 – Best innovation in continuing care and are currently developing a new app for tablet devices.

Other winners include: Social Enterprise Leader of the year was Robert Tamburrini of NG Homes in Glasgow, Social Enterprise of the Year was Factory Skatepark in Dundee, Social Enterprise Supporter of the Year was the International Network of Street Papers (INSP) in Glasgow and the Youth Led Social Enterprise of the Year was Udston Primary School’s Earthly Enterprises in Hamilton.

The judging panel included Alf Young, freelance journalist and Chair of Social Investment Scotland, Linda Hanna of Scottish Enterprise and Gordon Merrylees of RBS.

There was a 100% increase in applications compared to last year. The awards trophies are all original artworks commissioned from five Scottish creative social enterprises and will be handed over at the annual Scottish Parliament reception on 13 Nov. 

Fraser Kelly, Chief Executive of Social Enterprise Scotland, said:

“The winners announced today demonstrate the diversity and innovation of our social enterprise community. With a 100% increase in applications it just goes to show the imagination, strength and ambition of social enterprise in Scotland.”

Social Enterprise Scotland is an independent Scottish organisation, built and controlled by grassroots social enterprises across the country.