Brisbane-based social enterprise SEED PPM has been announced as the winner of the National Small Social Enterprise of the Year Award at the Social Traders Event in Melbourne.
Success often looks easy but the hard work that has gone into SEED has come from many quarters acknowledged Steve Williams, Social Enterprise Director of SEED in his acceptance speech.
Steve believes some of the factors in success for SEED are consistent with most successful businesses: great people, great product and competitive price; but the story of SEED in creating social outcomes has attracted champions from many quarters.
Drew Boyland, Director at PwC in Brisbane who has worked on the Advisory Board of SEED for the past two years, bringing rigorous business analysis into the growth opportunities for SEED’s business. ‘If I can help grow the business then the social outcomes grow as well,’ Drew said. ‘PwC prides itself on community involvement and it is great to be able to use the core skills of our business to generate social good.’
Steve Williams commented ‘Having Drew’s expertise to draw on is a great advantage for SEED. Many social entrepreneurs start with the social goal but don’t necessarily have the business acumen to achieve their goals. SEED has the benefit of both and it is inspiring to see business and community organisations collaborating to achieve great things.’
Susan Black, Director Projects SVA and Chair of SEED’s Advisory Board said ‘The team at SEED have achieved terrific results for unemployed people from disadvantaged backgrounds. Recognition like the Small Social Enterprise of the Year award remind us that it is possible to trade with business disciplines and still achieve exceptional social returns.’