Change Please named 'One to Watch' at UK Social Enterprise Awards


Change Please named 'One to Watch' at UK Social Enterprise Awards

CAN3 organisation Change Please named 'One to Watch' at UK Social Enterprise Awards

Change Please, an organisation based at CAN Mezzanine which trains homeless people to be baristas, has triumphed at the annual celebration of British social enterprises held on Monday 28th November.

The winning organisation, partnered with the Big Issue, were shortlisted for the 'One to Watch' award, sponsored by GLL, alongside nominees which included The Soap Co. and Kinship Care (NI).

Change Please wins award

In July, Change Please was the winner of CAN Mezzanine's CAN3 competition which was open to third sector organisations to receive support from CAN's fast growth programme, CAN3 to accelerate their turnover and social impact faster.

Change Please have since benefitted from bespoke mentoring from sector leader gurus including Tim West, Head of Matter & Co and Holly Piper, Head of CAF Venturesome. The organisation also receive business advisory support from the CAN Invest team.

Social Enterprise Awards 2016

Cemal Ezel, Co Founder of Old Spike Roastery and Change Please said, "When we heard that we hadn't won the highly commended award, I felt really disappointed as if that was it so when they said that we had won I was absolutely blown away, we weren't expecting it at all. We don’t do it for the recognition or the hype, we just do it for people who need help."


CAN’s Director of Impact and Investment, Rohan Martyres, presented Salford City Council with the 'Buy Social' Market Builder award. Salford City Council is at the forefront of its work to embed social responsibility into local government and implementing social value.

         Salford City Council win Social Enterprise awards

Organised by Social Enterprise UK and managed by Fuse Events, the evening was dedicated to the achievements of businesses and social enterpreneurs that enrich communities by tackling social and environmental problems both in Britain and abroad.

The awards trophies were designed by social enterprise, Designs in Mind which employs people with mental health problems; dinner was provided by Brigade Bar and Bistro, a social enterprise which provides apprenticeships to empower the homeless to find employment and the guest goody bags were stocked with social enterprise products.


Peter Holbrook CBE, Social Enterprise UK’s Chief Executive, said:

“For many, this year has been marked by economic and political uncertainty, divisions, prejudice and inequality. But these Awards are a wonderful celebration of all the people and organisations in the social enterprise movement that are striving to create a fairer, greener and more sustainable society. Social enterprises are businesses that go beyond ethical.”


The 400 guests, including the Minister for Civil Society, Rob Wilson MP, were entertained by award-winning comedian and host for the evening, Nish Kumar at the Grand Connaught Rooms in Covent Garden.

Further entertainment was provided by the We are The Rainbows choir, supported by CAN customer, Micro Rainbow International, a social enterprise which tackles poverty across global LGBTI communities.

Read more about Change Please.

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Read more about Social Enterprise Day here.

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