Thank You for Your Support! - SEYA 17

Firstly, I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who voted for Altruist Enterprises for the Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award (SEYA). We were one of the top five finalists selected for the impact we’ve created, the growth we’ve achieved, and the potential of our plans to succeed.

Your kind support has helped raise awareness of our organisation and gain influential partners within the sector.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the other finalists. An incredible demonstration of generosity was exhibited during the awards ceremony when the winner, Cemal Ezel from Change Please, asked to split his £10,000 prize money with the other finalists so that everyone would receive the same amount. The runners up decided to do the same. These were second place runner-up Nikki Markham (Battling On) who received £6,000 and third place runner-up Rachel Roger (Reform Radio) who received £4,000. At this point, all 5 social enterprises including Maggie Sikora (Mapis) and ourselves would be receiving £4,000.

In the spirit of the evening, Lloyds Bank then decided to match this generosity by adding £2,000 to each organisation’s total, meaning that everyone was awarded £6,000. At Altruist Enterprises, we will be using this money to take on a sales executive which will help drive the commercial side of the business further forwards.

Again, I would like to thank everyone who supported us in our campaign and of course, all of the other finalists and Lloyds Bank for their kindness and generosity.

Katie attended the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy where she set up Altruist in 2013. Since then, Katie has won various awards including Birmingham Mail's Young Achiever of the Year 2017, New Entrepreneurs Foundation 'Future Face of Business' and Entrepreneurial Spark's 'Most Accelerated Business'. She has also been a finalist in nine other award categories and in 2014, Katie was invited to attend the prestigious 'Women of the Year Lunch' in honour of her work raising awareness and reducing the stigma attached to mental health.

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