Point and Sandwick Trust (PST) have added to their growing list of accolades with a place in the shortlist of the UK Social Enterprise of the Year awards.

It was announced last week (August 23rd) that the community-owned power company is one of nine shortlisted for the NatWest Bank-sponsored award, the top category in an awards list which includes categories for new start-ups and awards in health, education and technology categories.

A PST spokesman said: “So pleased to find out we have been shortlisted for the UK Social Enterprise of the Year awards! As a 100% owned community organisation, we're proud to operate our wind farm as a commercial enterprise. We sell the power we generate and recycle the profits into community projects for the greater good of our local area, and the wider Western isles.”

The award which could go to Point and Sandwick is given to a social enterprise that has: “clear vision, excellence in impact, and that has demonstrated and promoted social enterprise beyond the sector.”

Point and Sandwick Trust is a charitable organisation which uses the income of community-generated wind power to support local social, cultural, educational and environmental development within the crofting communities of Point and Sandwick and the wider Western Isles. The trust has been recognised for leading the way in community renewable energy.

The Social Enterprise awards are run by Social Enterprise UK, the leading global authority on social enterprise and the biggest network of social enterprises in the UK. The organisation advises government departments and leads public policy on social enterprise.

Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony and gala dinner in a central London venue on Wednesday 28th November.