Press Releases


Social Enterprise UK’s response to the Industrial Strategy 

Lord Victor Adebowale CBE announced as new Chair of Social Enterprise UK

Social Enterprise UK’s response to the Prime Minister’s ‘Shared Society’ speech

Social Enterprise UK publishes New Year wish list for Ministers


Government’s public services programme only an ‘incremental step forward’, says SEUK

Social Enterprise UK welcomes Mission-led Business Review recommendations, but ‘jury’s out on whether will result in real change’ 


Response to Green Paper consultation: ‘British social enterprises ahead of the game on executive pay and governance’

‘Hammond eggs on innovators, but thin gruel for the inclusive economy’ says Social Enterprise UK CEO (Our response to the Autumn Statement) 

Guilt free Christmas shopping: Do a whole lot of good when you buy from social enterprises


Social Enterprise UK chief gives evidence at Lords Select Committee on Charities


New report shows Social Value Act can be vital tool in systemic healthcare change 

JULY 2016

Businesses with a social and environmental mission call on new BEIS ministers to take some responsibility for social enterprise, social investment and mutuals

SEUK calls for ‘breakaway unit’ for social enterprise and social investment to new business department

Social Enterprise UK welcomes the new Prime Minister

JUNE 2016

There is no blueprint for Brexit, says Social Enterprise UK

MAY 2016

One in three councils now consider social value in commissioning, says new report

Queen's Speech: Some positive reforms but absence of Social Value Act extension a missed opportunity, says SEUK


Three-quarters of social enterprises pay the Living Wage, shows new survey


New survey finds majority of social enterprise leaders would vote to stay in EU

New Freedom of Information laws must extend to private companies, says Social Enterprise UK

Social enterprises hungry for working capital, shows new report


'Art with a heart' – social enterprise scoops Turner Prize


‘Buy Social’ on Black Friday… new website for ethical buys

Guilt free Christmas gifts… new website for ethical buys

Katharine Hamnett CBE and Jo Wood on red carpet at UK Social Enterprise Awards

‘Social Impact Bonds only small part of funding jigsaw for social enterprises, says SEUK in response to Spending Review


Social Saturday kicks off to celebrate social enterprises throughout the UK

Social Enterprise UK welcomes Shadow Minister, Anna Turley MP


Thriving social enterprises outperform mainstream businesses on nearly all counts (State of Social Enterprise Report launch)

United Nations goals must embrace the potential of business to deliver sustainable development (Think Global, Trade Social Report launch)

Social Saturday launches into action at the Better Extreme Skate Park in Dagenham

JULY 2015

Social Enterprise World Forum Closes with Nobel Laureate Prof. Muhammad Yunus Showcasing Youth

JUNE 2015

Social Enterprise UK response to the business rates review consultation

Social Enterprise UK chairs UK National Day social economy delegation at the World Expo in Milan

Corporates buy social at event focused on creatives (the PR Buy Social Forum)

MAY 2015

Social Enterprise UK and Social Enterprise West Midlands announce new joint partnership

State of Social Enterprise Survey shows social enterprises are outperforming regular businesses on growth and impact

APRIL 2015

Zac Goldsmith MP visits social enteprise in Richmond Park constituency

Social Enterprise UK responds to the Conservative Party manifesto: Big Society is back

Social Enterprise UK gives a considered welcome to the Labour Party manifesto

MARCH 2015

Where’s the plan for better business? Social Enterprise UK respond to the Labour Party’s ‘A Better Plan for Business’


Summit to help realise the potential of Social Value Act


Social Enterprise UK praises Co-operative Bank’s rejuvenation of its ethical policy

Manorial rights review needs to be part of a Royal Commission on Land Reform


Royal Commission on Land Reform needed to tackle fundamental flaws in way UK manages land

‘Grave situation’ identified in Committee of Public Accounts report must be tackled with social value laws, says Social Enterprise UK

Campaigners welcome new social investment tax relief measures


Commons and Lords win social buying credentials on Social Enterprise Day

Sue Perkins announces winners of UK Social Enterprise Awards 2014

Export income rising among social enterprises, says new report


Fit for the Future


Government review of Social Value Act welcomed by Social Economy Alliance

The UK’s first Social Saturday, backed by the Prime Minister

Open letter: Big Issue vendors call for MPs’ support on Social Saturday

Minister Brooks Newmark at social enterprise Brigade & Bistro

First ‘Social Enterprise County’ welcomed by the Prime Minister

New UK-wide research shows public appetite for socially responsible businesses

Hundreds of civil society organisations unite behind election manifesto

‘Political face swap’ ad campaign to confound politicians on their return to Westminster

JULY 2014

Social value guidance at your fingertips with new free online hub

Businesses encouraged to ‘Buy Social’ ahead of UK’s first Social Saturday

Politicians unite to launch UK’s first Social Saturday

Labour’s public contracts shake-up strongly welcomed by 450-strong Alliance

Campaign group calls for social enterprises and cooperatives to unite to rival big business lobbying power

JUNE 2014

Campaigners welcome £60m fund to help charities and social enterprises get ‘investment ready’

Queen's Speech - Campaigners urge use of French-style social investment rule in pensions bill announced by Chancellor

New 400-strong coalition calls for rule-changes on public spending, in advance of infrastructure bill

APRIL 2014

Open letter to Chancellor calls on government to rebuild economy fit for 21st century

Social Value white paper highlights growing awareness

Social Enterprise Places roll out supported by Santander

Social Investment Forum seeks to grow membership to have a ‘stronger voice’

MARCH 2014

Manchester, historic home of UK’s growing social economy, kick starts national campaign ahead of local elections

UK ‘economic literacy gap’ must be closed, says new report


Last call for applications to UK’s first energy focused social investment fund

‘People power’ is yet to be fully grasped by main political parties, says Social Economy Alliance in response to Hugo Young lecture


Campaigners welcome new social investment tax relief measures

Social investment tax relief announced in Autumn Statement will exclude some social enterprises, says Social Enterprise UK

Social Enterprise UK’s Celia Richardson makes the 2013 Power Part Time list

Chancellor must use alternatives to the 'pre-crash economic toolkit' to bring genuine growth to the UK, says Social Economy Alliance

Christmas shoppers encouraged to ‘buy social’ and make a difference on Cyber Monday

UK’s first energy-focused social investment fund launched


Sue Perkins presents UK social enterprise awards 2013 – winners announced

‘Buy social’, say John Bird and Jamie Oliver in new animation

Minister Jo Swinson encourages big business to 'buy social'

The new National Consortium of Social Enterprises starts its roadshow

Social Enterprise UK provides new home for Guardian’s Social Enterprise Company Directory


Labour’s pledge to extend FOI to firms in public service markets ‘could protect tax payers and service users’, says Social Enterprise UK

Campaigners hail new EU laws ‘set to rebalance public sector markets currently weighted in favour of private companies’

Proposed payday lender tax is encouraging step toward creating fairer markets, says Social Economy Alliance

"Pro-business and anti-business labels are useless in this century", says Social Economy Alliance


Social Economy Alliance calls for ‘21st century’ energy debate ahead of 2015 General Election

Jedi knights to descend on Party Conferences

Social Investment Tax Relief must not exclude some social enterprises unnecessarily, says SEUK in response to The Treasury

UK’s first Social Enterprise Cities unveiled - Bristol and Plymouth

JULY 2013

Construction firm launches service to get social enterprises into supply chain of UK sites

The Social Economy Alliance welcomes Church of England’s credit union expansion plan

Government Procurement report welcomed by social enterprise leader who uncovered ‘The Shadow State’

‘Greater transparency needed of firms delivering outsourced public services’, says Social Enterprise UK

The Independent on Sunday announced as headline sponsor for 2013 Social Enterprise Awards

‘Extraordinary’ rise in socially-driven start-ups unveiled today in report launched by Vince Cable

JUNE 2013

New alliance launched to fight for a ‘social economy’ in run-up to 2015 General Election

Social Enterprise UK welcomes news of ‘Social Value Ambassador’

Social entrepreneurs and business leaders join forces to call time on narrow focus of ‘Apprentice’ - style programmes

New research on eve of G8 social investment event shows social enterprises struggling to get finance

MAY 2013

New Business Rates Regime could drive new wave of enterprise on high streets, says report

Social investment on the G8 agenda

New survey: Charities want to trade as social enterprises, but face cultural barriers and poor access to finance

Growing Micro Businesses report a step forward, but still work to be done, says Social Enterprise UK

 'We will see how new probation reforms play out in practice', says Social Enterprise UK

Claire Dove appointed to Charity Commission Board

APRIL 2013

Social Entrepreneur Claire Dove MBE receives Lifetime Achievement Award in Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion

Business bank welcomed, but £300m must reach organisations in need, says Social Enterprise UK

Social Enterprise UK welcomes government funding for regional start-ups

MARCH 2013

Social Enterprise UK welcomes Treasury commitment to new tax relief for investment in social enterprises

Sector will help deliver better public services, says Minister for Civil Society

Payment by results ‘good on paper’ says Social Enterprise UK


Public purse spending decisions expected to benefit communities with arrival of Social Value Act 

Bold to try to push probation reforms through when the jury’s still out on the Work Programme, says Social Enterprise UK

Labour’s proposed job guarantee scheme welcomed by national body for social enterprise


Parliament debate on outsourcing of public services ‘timely ahead of Social Value Act implementation’, says Social Enterprise UK

New report: ‘shadow state’ is emerging as public service markets favour large companies and shareholders


Work Programme ‘needs to deliver real social and economic returns during time of austerity’, says Social Enterprise UK

New guidance launched to help public bodies implement the Social Value Act

Social Enterprise UK welcomes amendments to Financial Services Bill that support social investment

Work Programme ‘needs to deliver real social and economic returns during time of austerity’, says Social Enterprise UK

UK Social Enterprise Awards 2012 winners announced


Guide launched to help charities become more socially enterprising


Social Enterprise UK calls on public bodies and third sector organisations to gear up for the Social Value Act

Social enterprises should buy more from each other, says sector body 

Victory in global campaign to protect social enterprise

Global figures, associations, professors and NGOs call on technology giant to halt attempted take-over of ‘social enterprise’

AUGUST 2012 breaks its silence, but fails to address concerns, says Social Enterprise UK

Social Enterprise UK appoints Haymarket as partner to deliver annual awards

Salesforce’s attempts to trademark ‘Social Enterprise’ reaches the EU

Social Enterprise UK challenges company attempting to trademark ‘Social Enterprise’

JULY 2012

Social Enterprise UK comments on Lord Hodgson’s Charities Act review

Rejection of amendments to Financial Services Bill causes disappointment among social economy organisations

JUNE 2012

Peter Holbrook wins national award for bringing business and society together

Civil society leaders call for key amendments to Financial Services Bill

MAY 2012

U-turn on proposed charity tax welcome

APRIL 2012 

New start-up guide for budding social entrepreneurs

Social Enterprise UK slams proposed tax cap on social investment

Social Enterprise UK responds to Prime Minister’s announcement of ‘social investment bank’ at the London Stock Exchange

MARCH 2012

First Minister Alex Salmond pledges international role at world’s biggest social enterprise event

Budget response: sector calls for independent chair for social enterprise review

UK's biggest social enterprise event draws First Minister of Scotland, Alex Salmond, Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna and Karen Lynch of Belu

Bob Ricketts and leading social entrepreneurs in health & social care to speak at ‘Fit for the Future’


Public Services Bill triumphs in the House of Lords

Planning note: Public Services Bill receives final reading in the Lords on Tuesday 28 February 2012

Social entrepreneur as next families tsar 

Social Enterprise UK comments on Newsnight coverage

New guide to social enterprise for local authorities

Social enterprise HCT Group beats multinational private operators in competition to provide Jersey buses

Social Enterprise UK comments on NHS Gloucestershire’s decision to halt transfer of services to a Community Interest Company


Bill to ensure ‘good’ businesses are rewarded with public sector contracts passes second reading in the Lords

Moral markets rising on their own, but Government must act to support them, says Social Enterprise UK

Social Enterprise UK welcomes call for social policy kitemark

Social enterprise sector already doing responsible capitalism, says Peter Holbrook

Social enterprise GLL beats private sector competition to win Olympic Park Legacy bid

Support for voluntary sector organisations interested in social enterprise

December 2011

Winners of national social enterprise photography competition announced

November 2011

‘Revolutionary’ Public Services Bill gets the green light in the Commons

Almost half of us are cutting gifts and charity giving this Christmas, new survey shows

The rise of the ethical consumer

Campaigners call on Church of England to use its economic power to break financial vicious circle

Rise closure 'sad news' for the sector, says Social Enterprise UK

October 2011

Charity Commission guidance on investment a big leap forward

Social Enterprise UK launches social franchisees manual

Glasgow to host The Social Enterprise Exchange

Public Services Bill through to Report stage

Social Enterprise UK responds to proprosed amendments to the Public Services Bill

Energy summit will not scratch the surface of the problem, says Peter Holbrook

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