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shine Small Business Big Heart Regional Winner

Leeds’ Shine Social Enterprise Named as Regional Finalist in National Business Award

Shine, the Social Enterprise based in Harehills, Leeds has been named as a regional finalist in the 2019 Small Business Big Heart Awards in association with

Yorks and Humber was one of 2019’s most hotly-contested regions in the Awards this year and the judges chose Shine for the way it has transformed a Grade II listed building into vibrant hub for business, while also raising aspirations and creating opportunities for ex-offenders and the community over the last 12 years.

Rufus Bazley, Director of Marketing at says, “2019 was a record year for Small Business Big Heart entries so achieving regional finalist position is incredible. Dawn O’Keefe and Todd Hannula created the social enterprise in one of the UK’s most deprived neighbourhoods. It is achieving its mission is to raise aspirations and create real opportunities for local children, the local community and especially women ex-offenders. I’d like to congratulate all the staff and wish them every success in the next and final round of judging.”

Founder Dawn O’Keefe says, “With so many businesses doing so much good around Yorkshire, we’re pleased to be selected as a regional finalist. This award is unique in its dedication to paying it forward, which is integral to our own business model. This award would give us a chance to shine a light onto a local charity, Catch, that works to give young people from Harehills opportunities to develop and grow.”

Shine is one of two finalists from the Yorks and Humber region, the other is ShopAppy, a High Street revival business based in Bradford. This is the first year more than one finalist has been selected from the region, this is a result of a greater volume of entrants and a higher standard overall. In total there are 18 regional finalists across the country

The overall winner of the 2019 Small Business Big Heart Award in association with will be announced on 15 September.

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