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Upstarts changes emphasis

Interesting changes over at the Staggers, where the Upstarts social enterprise awards have mutated into some awards for regeneration.

Despite the incongruous claims that “The 2009 Upstarts Awards will recognise excellence in all aspects of social enterprise.” five out of six of the Award categories have no direct connection to social enterprise at all. In three of those cases: ‘Best Local Authority for Regeneration’, ‘Best Developer for Regeneration’ and ‘Best Elected Advocate for Regeneration’, even a tangential connection is not immediately obvious.

Personally, I’m dubious about awards for businesses in a general sense – the main prize we’re looking for as a social enterprise is to grow sustainably as a business while doing something socially useful – but I wonder whether the Staggers apparent loss of interest social enterprise scene is significant of anything wider. Does anyone know?


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