Social Enterprise Awards Scotland

On Tuesday 7th November, the Ally Bally Bee Project attended the Scottish Parliament for the 2017 Social Enterprise Scotland Awards. 

Earlier this year Social Enterprise Scotland issued a call for applications, urging social enterprises such as ourselves to demonstrate the positive impact we are having on our economy and society. Loving a challenge, we immediately applied & were delighted to be shortlisted in the “One to Watch” category!

While we didn’t walk away with an award, it was an honour to be in attendance at the Scottish Parliament alongside so many innovative and inspiring organisations. Check out the full list of winners below!


An exciting meeting…


Thrilled as we were to be attending the ceremony, we were even more excited to meet a very special person; the book’s illustrator, Daisy Wilson! Daisy travelled from Bristol to attend the event with us & meet the rest of the team for the very first time. For over two years, she has helped develop the book with Matthew, bringing it to life with her beautiful illustrations. Lots of Skype calls, emails and hard work later, and we finally got to meet the lady behind the pen. Take a look at Daisy’s Instagram to see some of her other work. 

L to R: Jody, Matthew, Rachel & Daisy

All in all, a fantastic evening – we hope to be back next year. Watch this space…!


Full List of 2017 Award Winners


Social Enterprise of the Year

Grassmarket Community Project – Supports vulnerable adults and provides them with a range of support services as well as the opportunity to train, volunteer or work in anyone of their 5 social enterprises:


One to Watch Award

PROJEKT 42 – Projekt 42 strives to strengthen the connection between physical fitness and mental health through carefully crafted fitness classes, life coaching and counselling:


Social Impact Award

INCH Architecture & Design Ltd / Sir Robert McAlpine – INCH Architecture & Design is a social enterprise architecture & research practice, committed to improving the built environment and the communities in which we build. Great design should be for benefit of all.


‘Buy Social’ Market Builder Award

Community Resources Network Scotland (CRNS Reuse Consortium) – The CRNS Reuse Consortium aims to provide a more sustainable and affordable choice to customers and local authorities alike. They offer the option of purchasing re-use furniture instead of new.


Tech for Good: Technology in Social Enterprise

Instant Neighbour – Instant Neighbour support those on low incomes to set up home, by selling low cost & good quality second hand furniture.


Social Enterprise Champion

Chris Martin (Callander Youth Project Trust) – Chris has been Managing Director at CYPT for 6 years and has shown exceptional strategic leadership. He’s taken the project from a small room in McLaren Learning Centre to a successful suite of social enterprises. These include: 5* hostel, café and events venue in the newly refurbished Callander Hostel.


Social Enterprise Champion – Highly Commended

Andrew Bailie (Freshsight) – Andrew is the director of FreshSight, a student run social enterprise which provides consultancy services for socially driven organisations. Last year, he doubled the number of social enterprise projects, in order to position the students closer to the social innovation scene and maximise FreshSight’s impact.



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Digital Marketing Assistant at The Ally Bally Bee Project
Digital Marketing Assistant with the Ally Bally bee Project. Working with the Äikäs-Adams family to help more children understand dementia!
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