Grassmarket Community Project nominated for Social Enterprise of the Year

The Grassmarket Community Project has been nominated for Social Enterprise of the Year, achieving the astonishing feat of making the shortlist for the second year running.

The Grassmarket Community Project

Created as a separate social enterprise by Greyfriars Kirk and the Grassmarket Mission in 2010, the project helps vulnerable people develop skills and break out of cycles of homelessness and unemployment by offering work experience, education, training and support in a nurturing environment.

The Grassmarket Community Project runs a busy café, an events centre, and an innovative furniture workshop. It also has its own tartan, which it markets as clothing, scarves, hats, bags and other handmade products.

This year, the project opened its fifth social enterprise, The Grassmarket Café in the Hub, which serves staff at the Church of Scotland’s George Street headquarters in Edinburgh and employs four people.

Stiff competition

The project is up against stiff competition. Also on the shortlist of three for the prestigious honour of being named Social Enterprise of the Year are Buth Bharraigh Ltd, a cooperative local produce hub on the Isle of Barra and St Andrews First Aid & Training Supplies Ltd, which trains and equips a volunteer corps of first aiders.

The winner will be announced at the awards ceremony in The Scottish Parliament on the evening of Tuesday 7 November.

Delighted

Jonny Kinross, the project’s chief executive said the nomination is a tribute to everyone involved.

“We are delighted, really delighted to get this recognition from Social Enterprise Scotland, especially since this is two years in a row that we have been nominated. It’s amazing.

“I’m really pleased that a small charity like ours is up against such large and established social enterprises as Buth Bharraigh and St Andrews. That shows what a high standard the awards are setting and it is a sign that we are on our way.

“I love the social enterprise awards because they give well deserved recognition to organisations and it is really great for that recognition to come to our team.”

High standard

Fraser Kelly, Chief Executive, Social Enterprise Scotland, said:

"We're delighted to announce the shortlist for the awards. We received around fifty applications of a very high standard and we look forward to submitting the shortlist to our independent judging panel.

“Social enterprises in every corner of Scotland are building a better economy and a fairer society. The Social Enterprise Awards Scotland is a unique opportunity for social enterprises to gain serious recognition for their achievements and dramatically raise their public profile."

Find out more about The Grassmarket Community Project