Media Release: Link named ‘Scottish Social Enterprise of the Year’

LINK Group Ltd is proud to have been named ‘Scottish Social Enterprise of the Year’ in the 2013 Social Enterprise Scotland awards.

Link was described by the judging panel as “a leading light in the social housing sector, with an inspirational leader who champions social enterprise. Link has many income streams, making it sustainable and profitable, as proved by it being in business for 51 years. Link demonstrates considerable social impact across many communities”.

Craig Sanderson, chief executive of Link, said: “We are extremely pleased to have received this recognition, particularly in view of the high calibre of the other finalists.

“Since Link was formed in 1962 it has, in effect, been a social enterprise – having successfully delivered not only its core activity of providing homes but also supporting individuals and regenerating and reinvesting in communities.

“We have been honoured many times in the past but are particularly proud of this one as it recognises not only our social impact but also our entrepreneurial and innovative approach to meet a whole range of challenges.

“And this recognition is for not only Link Group itself but also its subsidiary organisations – LinkLiving and Link, Horizon and Larkfield Housing Associations.”

Fraser Kelly, chief executive of Social Enterprise Scotland, said: “Social enterprises across Scotland are dealing positively with the impacts of welfare reform, preventing social problems, creating jobs, building communities through regeneration and helping the most vulnerable.

“These awards recognise the forward-thinking dynamism that is social enterprise – businesses that exist purely to deliver on social and environmental aims. A huge congratulations to Link Group Ltd and to all those who entered and won awards this year.”

The Social Enterprise Awards give social enterprises the opportunity to showcase all that is excellent about social enterprise businesses and the work they’re doing.

Link now goes forward to represent Scotland in the UK ‘Social Enterprise Awards’ on 27 November in London.

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