​ESA Winning Programme

Top prize at the European Sponsorship Awards for the Social Entrepreneurs Programme

The Bank of Scotland Social Entrepreneurs programme, delivered in partnership with School for Social Entrepreneurs, was awarded the top prize in the category of B2B activation at the European Sponsorship Awards, following a comprehensive judging process that evaluated sponsorship campaign entries from across Europe.

The programme comprises of practical facilitated learning, in addition to financial grants to help Start Up entrepreneurs develop their social enterprise idea.

Paula Rogers, Head of the Social Entrepreneurs Enterprise Programme at Lloyds Banking Group said: “Bank of Scotland Social Entrepreneurs is a pioneering programme which supports businesses that have the vision to make a difference. We have seen first-hand the positive impact that social entrepreneurs have in our society and know of the immense benefit of nurturing their commitment. The partnership plays a key role in our business strategy to help Britain prosper and to help stimulate economic growth and regeneration. We are delighted to have been awarded an ESA Excellence Award in recognition.”

Karen Earl, Chairman of the European Sponsorship Association, said: “On behalf of ESA, I wish to congratulate Bank of Scotland for winning this ESA Excellence Award. An ESA Excellence Award represents the industry ‘gold standard’ and it is an opportunity to recognise the best-in-class sponsorship campaigns from across the continent.”

“The quality of campaign entries was the best we’ve seen since the Awards were launched nine years ago so, Bank of Scotland should celebrate its success as a leading organisation in the sponsorship arena. As the winning campaigns highlight, it is great to see outstanding projects that showcase the progressive and vibrant nature of Europe’s sponsorship industry.”