On  Thursday 18th September, the National Forum for Health and Wellbeing appeared as a finalist in the 2014 E3 Business Awards and, despite very worthy competition, was named Social Enterprise of the Year.

The E3 Awards evening took place at the Macron Stadium in Bolton and around 450 delegates attended. The  E3 trophy was presented by Cassandra Troughton on behalf of the award category sponsor, Global Radio North West.

Prof. Gupta and other committee members, with the E£ Awards finalist certificate.

Sairfa Kabir (right), Prof. Gupta (seated) and other committee members, with the E3 Awards finalist certificate.

Sarifa Kabir, Secretary of the National Forum for Health and Wellbeing, appeared on stage to receive the award. She said:
“On behalf of the Forum’s committee, I’d like to thank the judging panel and the tonight’s hosts, 1 Events Media. Winning this award means a great deal to us all because it provides valuable recognition for the work we, our partners and our many volunteers do to help local communities take control of their own wellbeing. We’re delighted to win and feel very honoured.”

NFHW Chair, Professor Romesh Gupta said:
“Thanks to all our supporters who have contributed to this success. It is fantastic news. I am proud that our efforts to promote healthier communities have been recognised by  the E3 Awards. That recognition makes us even more determined to continue our journey and work with our partners to achieve a healthy nation.”

Speaking on behalf of 1 Events Media, which conceived and organised the awards, managing director Mubarak Chati said:
“The National Forum for Health & Wellbeing can be very proud of its achievements this year and, of course, for winning the award itself. In a year in which we received a record number of nominations, the standard of entries was exceptionally high so to win this category proves that the Forum, its staff and its partners have done something very special indeed.”


The other finalists in the Social Enterprise of the Year category were:
•    Bolton FM
•    Certain Curtain Theatre Company
•    The Blair Project

This article also features on the Bolton University Media Centre website. (Opens in a new window.)

More information about the 2104 E3 Business Awards, including a full list of winners, can be found at www.e3businessawards.co.uk.

Winner of the E3 Social Enterprise of the Year Award 2014.

Winner of the E3 Social Enterprise of the Year Award 2014.