The national competition, organised by the Social Enterprise Coalition, recognises the work and achievements of the UK's most inspiring and successful social enterprises.
West Lindsey District Council was crowned Social Enterprise Partner of the Year at the UK final of the Social Enterprise Awards which took place at The O2 in London hosted by actor and comedian Alexander Armstrong. The Leader of the Opposition, Ed Miliband, was also at the event to present one of the seven awards.
The Council was nominated by a social enterprise in its district called Hill Holt Wood in recognition of its support for local social enterprises.
Together the partners worked with the Future Jobs Fund to help youngsters - some at risk and some excluded from school - into jobs including forestry assistants, gardeners, joiners, sawmill operatives and furniture makers.
West Lindsey's Chief Executive Manjeet Gill said: "We are an entrepreneurial council and that philosophy means we have a strong commercial and social conscience and it is very encouraging that many people have told us that they hope more local authorities will embrace the way we are working.
"Lots of people do similar things to what we have done, but I believe we have won this award because we have involved so many other people in our vision, plans and future challenges."Karen Lowthrop of Hill Holt Wood said:
"I had no hesitation in nominating West Lindsey for this award because as an organisation they delivered far more than we could have expected. From the Chief Executive down they understand social enterprise and can see the opportunities of partnership. I am looking forward to working with the Council on many more projects."Peter Holbrook, CEO of the Social Enterprise Coalition said:
"Congratulations to West Lindsey District Council on their win. The Social Enterprise Coalition received a record number of responses to this year's awards so to have come out on top is a truly remarkable achievement. We hope the partnership between West Lindsey District Council and Hill Holt Wood will serve as an example to other local authorities of the benefits of working closely with social enterprise."