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People and firms affiliated with Cambridge Centre for Social Innovation are honoured by the social enterprise community.

A woman at home in lockdown using her tablet while on the sofa to have a video call with many other people she knows.

Many people and organisations associated with the Cambridge Centre for Social Innovation (CCSI) at Cambridge Judge Business School were honoured by the UK social enterprise community.

The Social Enterprise UK 2020 Roll of Honour, announced as part of the Social Enterprise Futures digital summit, includes three people who have previously won the Cambridge Social Innovation Prize sponsored by CCSI and Trinity Hall, Cambridge. They are:

  • Susan Aktemel from Glasgow-based social enterprise lettings agency Homes for Good.
  • Josh Babarinde OBE of London-based smartphone repair firm Cracked It, which is staffed by ex-offenders.
  • Angela McKay from Liverpool-based co-operative bakery Homebaked Anfield.

In addition, the Roll of Honour includes people from four businesses who are currently or were formerly part of the Cambridge Social Ventures incubator, part of the CCSI. They are:

  • Jo Salter from ethical clothing firm Where Does It Come From?
  • Laura North from We Speak, which boosts public speaking confidence.
  • Kieran Ball and Alex Redston from Prison Voicemail, which helps prisoners stay in touch with family and friends.
  • Mona Shah from chocolate enterprise Harry Specters, which trains and employs people with autism.

The WISE100 list of Women of Inspiration in UK social enterprise and impact investing, supported by NatWest bank and Pioneers Post, also included a dozen women associated with CCSI. The award focuses on ‘exceptional leadership’ in ‘exceptional times’, and most of those associated with CCSI were involved in health, education and community services during the COVID-19 pandemic.