Alliance East Antrim MLA, Stewart Dickson, launched the opening of this year’s Social Enterprise Awards on Monday. Chair of the All Party Working Group for Social Enterprise, Mr Dickson was invited to launch the Awards with Seamus O’Prey, CEO of the ORTUS Group, and winners of last year’s Social Enterprise of the Year award.
Mr Dickson said: “I was delighted to be invited to launch the 2017 Awards. I particularly enjoyed meeting Seamus O’Prey and learning about the valuable work of The Ortus Group.
“The Awards represents how important it is to support and recognise the work carried out by social enterprises in Northern Ireland.”
Mr Dickson concluded: “The Awards will be an opportunity to not only recognise the successes of individual social enterprises, but also to celebrate the growth of the whole sector.”
Application forms can be found on the Social Enterprise NI website. Closing date for applications is midnight on 30 June 2017. The Awards will take place at The Stormont Hotel, Belfast, on Friday 27 October 2017.