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Declan Devlin 02 Enniskillen, Nick Leeson guest speaker,
Ray Sanderon Deputy Editor Fermanagh Herald and Ernie Fisher Fermanagh Trust
The Fermanagh Trust is delighted to be supporting our social enterprises through our sponsorship of the ‘Social Enterprise of the Year Award’ as part of the Fermanagh Herald’s Business Awards.
Now in its fourth year, the Business Awards is Fermanagh’s leading forum for acknowledging and rewarding local businesses determination and success.The judges are looking for a social enterprise which makes an outstanding contribution to their local community in terms of social, economic or environmental improvements. A social enterprise which makes a difference, which inspires, which motivates and whose work is both entrepreneurial and makes a fantastic contribution to the community.
The winner will receive a £1000 grant from the Fermanagh Trust towards its work. The Awards have in the past three years promoted a range of local businesses including social enterprises and rewarded them with newspaper coverage, grants, online advertising and not forgetting winning the award handed out on the night.
Closing date for applications is 31st July. You can enter by CLICKING HERE. A judging panel will then shortlist with guaranteed free publicity for all the nominees in the Fermanagh Herald in advance and at the Gala Awards Night on the 2nd October in the Manor House Country Hotel.
Previous winners include Lakeland Community Care who provide an integrated model of care for older people, helping clients with anything from care to shopping and household tasks. The organisation has grown from strength to strength with over 100 members of staff and sites all throughout the county.
Last year’s winners of the prestigious award were Knockninny Credit Union. Managed entirely by volunteers, the Credit Union is not for profit but for the welfare of the local community, offering access to finance, advice, saving and loans.
Lauri McCusker, Director of the Fermanagh Trust said “A large part of our organisation’s work is supporting those businesses with primarily social objectives and who reinvest for that purpose in the enterprise or in the community. We would encourage Fermanagh’s social enterprises to get their applications in as this is an excellent opportunity to highlight their success.”