Galway based youth charity SpunOut.ie has scooped this years Ulster Bank Business Achievers Award for ‘Best Social Enterprise’ in Connaught. SpunOut.ie will now go forward and compete at national level for the overall category prizes in March 2009.
Ruairí McKiernan, CEO of SpunOut.ie, said: "This award tops off a hugely successful year for SpunOut.ie. We’ve expanded our staff team and national network of volunteers. We’ve redeveloped our interactive website and expanded a nationwide marketing campaign that has helped us reach over a quarter of a million people online, and millions more through national TV, radio and press coverage. SpunOut.ie runs on a tight budget and awards like this make a big difference in recognising how effective we are as a social enterprise focused on empowering young people."
The Business Achievers awards aim to celebrate business success, regardless of business offering, service, or location. Organisations are judged on a variety of merits including sales performance, market share growth, company milestones, innovative new products or services and successful
achievements by key personnel.
SpunOut.ie is a national youth-led charity that empowers young people to make a difference in their own lives and in the world around them. SpunOut.ie provides 100s of youth-friendly health, lifestyle and citizenship factsheets, inspirational true-life stories, moderated peer support forums, signposting to support services and a platform for youth media and civic engagement. SpunOut.ie also campaigns on issues affecting young people such as suicide and mental health and early this year ran a national ‘Hugs for Health’ initiative in partnership with The Ray D’Arcy Show and Google Ireland.
The national winner will receive a comprehensive prize package including an Executive Education programme at Harvard University Business School, €50,000 worth of advertising space in the Irish Independent and two years membership of the Institute of Directors.