sapphire 1 Hansel, Ayrshire’s leading social care provider, has been short-listed in the 2015 ASB National Business Awards.

The charity is a finalist in the ‘Best Business-Charity Partnership, one of 11 award categories organised by the Association of Scottish Businesswomen.

Hansel was nominated for its ‘Enterprising Minds’ project which aims to support people living with a learning disability start their own enterprise or do something to benefit the community.

The project encompasses three distinct groups – an Enterprise Leader, which is someone who wants to set up a business; an Entrepreneur Volunteer, someone who wants to set up a business but not make money; and a Community Innovator, who wants to use their skills to do something for the community.

Participants of the project include Sapphire Corrigan who has developed her photography skills to produce and sell gift cards to local retailers and Ashley Lowry, a keen baker who has set up a small business selling home baked dog biscuits.

Gerry Lindsay, Managing Director, Hansel said, “Enterprising Minds has been life changing for many of its participants and to be recognised by the wider business community is a great honour and we are all very proud of its achievements.”

Winners will be announced at an Awards Dinner at the Grand Central Hotel in Glasgow on 18 September.