Support for Social Enterprises
Occurring this year on the 14th of October, Social Saturday is an annual campaign aiming to raise awareness of the difference that social enterprises are making in communities, not only locally, but also around the world. Social enterprises are businesses that put people and the planet first through re-investing their profits to provide training, employment, housing, health, education, clean water and much more.
Check out some of the great social enterprises that exist around the country online through Social Enterprise UK and see how you can support them! Find out more here.
Applications now open!
The UK Social Enterprise Awards recognise organisations for their business excellence and contribution to society, as well as the achievements of people working at the heart of the sector. All social enterprises can apply and there are specific categories that investors, corporates, public sector bodies and charities may also apply for.
Applications close on the 7th of July 2017 and the final awards ceremony will take place in London on the 23rd of November.
To find out more about the awards, the different categories and to access the online application form visit the Social Enterprise UK website.
It’s Black Friday so why not splash some of your cash buying from a Social Enterprise? Not sure where to look? Social Enterprise UK have just published their 2016 Social Enterprise Gift Guide!
It’s got a great array of products and enterprises listed, click here to take a look.
UK social enterprises are thriving, new report reveals
The State of Social Enterprise Report 2015, supported by Santander, is the result of extensive research into the state of the sector.
Social enterprises in the UK are outperforming mainstream SMEs, and are thriving in this time of significant social and environmental issues. In fact, in terms of turnover, job creation, innovation and optimism, UK social enterprises are at the forefront of the economic recovery.
Social Enterprise UK’s statistics show that 50% of social enterprises report a profit, whilst 26% break even. In terms of job creation, 41% of social enterprises introduced new roles in the past 12 months compared with only 22% of SMEs. Furthermore, 59% of social enterprises employ at least one person who is disadvantaged in the labour market and around 40% have a director with a disability.
The report concludes with the view that social enterprises are changing in nature and are part of the most dynamic, fast moving areas of business in the UK – there’s really never been a better time to get involved in social enterprise and make a positive impact.
Read the report here.
If you want to make a difference and learn more about social enterprise whilst you’re at University, why not work with U Social Venture? A group set up by students with a desire to create change and do good.