Are Social Enterprises more sustainable, innovative and profitable?

‘Does doing good make you better?’

There are 471,000 social enterprises in the UK, making up for almost 9% of the total UK small business population. Government research has recently revealed that businesses which put their profits into social or environmental causes appear more likely to be innovative and profitable than traditional SMEs.The research also compared the types of challenges cited by SMEs and Social Enterprise Employers.

Take a look at some of the highlights from the study which was commissioned by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy on Enterprise Nation’s blog.

Maybe you have an idea for a Social Enterprise? Book on to an IntroLab to tell us about it!

Social Saturday 2017

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.

UK Social Enterprise Awards 2017

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.

Connecting Social Entrepreneurs Event

Joint University Networking Event

Join this University networking event for social innovators, entrepreneurs and leaders from across the North West. Facilitated by Flourish CIC this is the ideal opportunity to connect, collaborate, find out about relevant opportunities and hear inspirational speakers tell their stories.

When? 5-7:30pm, Wednesday 18th January 2017

Where? Old Abbey Taphouse, Guildhall Close, Manchester, M15 6SY

To attend, register online via Eventbrite. 

Spaces 4 Change

Transform an unused space

Spaces 4 Change is a programme aiming to find, fund, support and connect young people aged 16-24 to start and run social ventures using currently unused or under-utilised spaces for the benefit of the local community, in particular other young people.

From 2016-2019, 100 awards will be available for young leaders including up to £5,000 project funding, a dedicated award manager providing tailored support, cohort support, and peer to peer networking opportunities for sharing knowledge and learning. Those aged 18-24 will also have the opportunity to crowd fund alongside their award with the support of Spacehive.

Expression of Interest Deadline: 10th December

Click here to find out more and apply.

Social Enterprise Gift Guide

Buy Social.

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.

Project Management for All Workshop

Shared Futures CIC are inviting social enterprises and not for profit organisations of all sizes to take part in their fun and interactive three hour workshop focusing on the topic of project management. The workshop aims to help make better sense of the often confusing topic and help you to start developing a management plan for your own project.

The workshop will be led by Richard Preston, an Honorary Fellow of the Association of Project Management, and Martin Wells, a lifelong learner and facilitator of the human aspects of project management.

When? Tuesday 6th December 09:30-13:00

Where? Lancaster Library (Market Square)

How do I book? Tickets are free, book yours by the 2nd of December on the Eventbrite page.

The Best Places to be a Social Entrepreneur

The Thomas Reuters Foundation teamed with Deutsche Bank, UnLtd and the Global Entrepreneurship Network have conducted the world’s first experts’ poll to identify which countries worldwide provide the best environment for social entrepreneurs.

Countries were assessed on a range of factors including the level of government support, ability to attract skilled staff, level of public understanding and access to investment.

The study looked at 45 of the world’s largest economies and the top ten countries identified span four continents with the USA topping the list and UK coming in third.

The study also worked to highlight countries in which female social entrepreneurs were performing best; differing from the overall top ten, the Philippines, Russia and Norway topped the ranking.

To explore this really interesting dataset further and read a bit more about the methodology visit their website here.


Social Saturday 2016

Social Saturday: 15th October 2016

Support local and national social enterprises on Saturday 15th October with Social Saturday; an annual day of activity to celebrate and raise awareness of UK social enterprises.

There are a growing number of social enterprises in the UK, with more than 70,000 currently operating across a variety of sectors and industries. These companies need to make a turnover like any other business, but their profits are distributed to worthy causes which make a difference to people’s lives and the world around us.

There are lots of ways you can support social enterprises on Social Saturday (and every other day too!), and it’s not all about spending money. Take pictures, shout out and tweet how great it is to support social enterprises and the work that they do.

Find out more by visiting the Social Saturday website here.





UK Social Enterprise Awards 2016 – Apply Now!

Is your organisation pioneering? Innovative? A leader in its field?

The Social Enterprise Awards aim to recognise organisations for their business excellence and contribution to society, as well as the achievements of people working at the heart of the social enterprise sector. There are 12 Social Enterprise Award categories to apply for:

  • UK Social Enterprise of the Year
  • One to Watch Award
  • Social Impact Award
  • ‘Buy Social’ – Market Builder Award
  • Investment Deal of the Year
  • Health and Social Care Social Enterprise
  • Consumer Facing Social Enterprise
  • Education, Training & Jobs Social Enterprise of the Year
  • Environmental Social Enterprise of the Year
  • Inspiring Youth Enterprise Award
  • Social Enterprise Women’s Champion
  • International Impact

To read more about the categories click here

Apply here by Friday the 15th of July