European Social Firm of the Year Award 2010

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Social Firms Europe CEFEC is inviting applications from all social Firms in Europe to enter for this prestigious award. The purpose is to recognise excellence in the sector and encourage entrepreneurship. While there will be one overall winner, there will also be winners within two sub-categories of:

  • Best Large Social Firm (>20 employees)
  • Best Small Social Firm (<20 employees)

AND, DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND, A NEW SUB CATEGORY OF:

  • Best Social Firm creating sustainable jobs specifically for people with mental health problems

The overall winner will be awarded €800 and the winners of the three sub-categories will win €400! The Executive Committee of Social Firms Europe CEFEC will be the judging panel of the Award, delegating responsibility for short-listing entries to the UK and Swiss representatives.

If, after reading the guidelines, you are eligible to apply, then please complete the application form and return by email to Social Firms Europe CEFEC 31st March 2010 if you wish to be considered for the 2010 Award. Any additional information (e.g. marketing material) that cannot be emailed should be posted to: Sally Reynolds, Social Firms UK, Suite 2, Victoria House, 10 Brighton Road, Redhill, Surrey RH1 6QZ, UK

The Awards will be presented at our annual conference, this year being held at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, UK on the 1st – 2nd July 2010

Guidelines

Social Firms Europe CEFEC is inviting applications from all Social Firms in Europe to enter for this prestigious award. The purpose is to recognise excellence in the sector and encourage entrepreneurship. While there will be one overall winner, there will also be winners within two sub-categories of:

  • Best Large Social Firm (>20 employees)
  • Best Small Social Firm (<20 employees)

AND, DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND, A NEW SUB CATEGORY OF:

  • Best Social Firm creating sustainable jobs specifically for people with mental health problems

The overall winner will be awarded €800 and the winners of the three sub-categories will win €400! The Executive Committee of Social Firms Europe CEFEC will be the judging panel of the Award, delegating responsibility for short-listing entries to the UK and Swiss representatives.

If, after reading the guidelines, you are eligible to apply, then please complete the application form and return by email to Social Firms Europe CEFEC by 31st March 2010 if you wish to be considered for the 2010 Award. Any additional information (e.g. marketing material) that cannot be emailed should be posted to: Sally Reynolds, Social Firms UK, Suite 2, Victoria House, 10 Brighton Road, Redhill, Surrey RH1 6QZ, UK

Important Application Criteria:

  • Previous winners of this Award will need to wait for 3 years after their success before submitting another application;
  • Social Firms need to have been trading for at least 2 years;
  • Entrants need to have at least 50% of their income generated through the sales of their market-led products or services;
  • Applicants must be prepared to attend the 2010 Social Firms Europe conference as paying delegates, as we expect all short-listed applicants to do a presentation to delegates at this event (July 1st-2nd 2010, Cambridge, UK);
  • Winners should be prepared to become members (if not already) of Social Firms Europe CEFEC after receiving their Award.
  • Entrants need to satisfy the criteria of the Social Firms European CEFEC definition of a Social Firm as agreed in Linz, 1997:
    • A Social Firm is a business created for the employment of people with a disability or disadvantage in the labour market;
    • It is a business which uses its market-oriented production of goods and services to pursue its social mission;
    • A significant number (minimum 30%) of its employees will be people with a disability or other disadvantage in the labour market;
    • Every worker is paid a market rate wage or salary appropriate to the work, whatever their productive capacity;
    • Work opportunities should be equal between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged employees. All employees have the same employment rights and obligations.

Additional notes on judging process:

The deadline for all applications is the 31st March 2010 and the application needs to be sent electronically, attaching any additional information that applicants feel would support their entry, to mailto://info@socialfirmsuk.co.uk

In addition to applications meeting the basic criteria, we score applications with the following areas in mind:

  •  % of disabled/disadvantaged people employed (Full time equivalents, the more the number of disabled/disadvantaged people employed, the more the application will score);
  • Level of subsidy in relation to total income (the lower the subsidy level, the more the application will score);
  • Income per employee expressed in Euros (this is a calculation we do based on the information provided in the application provided);
  • Ratio of costs to (the lower the ratio, the more points scored);
  • Innovation (elements of innovation in the Social Firm will attract points);
  • Replication (Social Firms that have the potential to be replicated in other EU countries will score higher).

Deadline for all applications is 31st March 2010. Short-listed applicants will be notified of their short-listing status by 15th April, subject to their confirmation that they will be attending the Social Firms Europe CEFEC conference 1st and 2nd July 2010 in Cambridge, UK.

We hope this information is of use to you in compiling your application to the 2010 European Social Firm of the Year Award. If you have any queries at all about the application process then please email Tom Gaule at mailto://info@socialfirmsuk.co.uk

We are proud to announce that the sponsor of the 2009 Award is: di.hako