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Charity Insight Contributor
Published 01 March 2011

The English winners of the Social Enterprise Awards have been announced, and

will go on to the UK finals on 30 March.

The winners were as follows:

Social Enterprise Start Up of the Year - Lodsworth Larder
An eco-friendly shop in Lodsworth, West Sussex, Lodsworth Larder started trading in November 2009 and specialises in local products and produce.

Young Person's Social Enterprise of the Year - Ecovation
Set up in 2010 by 6th form students of Plymouth College in Devon, Ecovation aims to reduce food waste in landfill sites and to re-use animal fat waste, which blocks the water system.

Social Enterprise of the Year - Blue Sky Development and Regeneration
Blue Sky Development and Regeneration was set up in 2005 and creates employment for ex-offenders by winning grounds maintenance and recycling contracts from local authorities and private sector companies.

Social Enterprise Leader of the Year - Fay Selvan
Fay Selvan is CEO of The Big Life Group, an organisation set up in 2002 to grow social businesses and provide opportunities for the disadvantaged. It includes five social businesses and three charities.

The awards are presented by the Social Enterprise Coalition, the UK's national body for social enterprise, and they celebrate the work and achievements of social enterprises in the UK. O2 is the official sponsor.

The UK finals will be held at Voice11 on 30 March at The O2 in London. Leader of the Opposition, Ed Miliband, will speak and present the Best Social Enterprise Award.

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