The winners of the inaugural Tayside and Fife Social Enterprise Partnership were announced last night at a ceremony held in DC Thomson’s Dundee Headquarters. The awards celebrate the activity of Social Enterprises across the Tayside and Fife Region and their achievement in supporting local communities during 2018.
A number of Fife Social Enterprises picked up awards including Benarty Community Shop who won the Best start upward. Dot Coach, an online platform started by Tim Mart was a finalist in the most Innovative award
Several other Fife Social Enterprises were nominated in the other categories including FEAT Enterprises, who work to help those with mental health issues, the Ecology Centre, an environmentally focused enterprise in Kinghorn and Children’s Mediation Hypnotherapy Centre based in Kirkcaldy in the Social Impact award and Gumption Girls, a social enterprise that aims to inspire girls to be confident, creative and resilient, in nominated in the Innovative category.
Cllr. Altany Craik, Convener Economy Tourism. Strategic Planning & Transportation Committee, was delighted to see Fife so well represented at the awards ceremony. He said “It’s great to see Social Enterprises being recognised for the work they do. Social Enterprises play an increasingly important part of our economy. They show what can be achieved by applying entrepreneurial spirt to achieve high social impact outcomes.”
He continued “To be nominated is in itself a real testament to the work the staff and volunteers do every day, the winners should rightly be proud of the recognition of success. I’m proud to see such a wealth of talent, creativity focused on improving the lives of others through enterprising means here in Fife.”
The Tayside and Fife Partnership, linked to the Tay City deal, is helping to foster an environment in which Social Enterprises can grow in size in strength and strength. Fife Councils Economic development Team is heavily involved in shaping future plans for investment and development through the City Deals.