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Social Enterprise UK is actively involved in influencing public opinion and decision makers at all levels in order to ensure that social enterprise remains high on the UK's policy and political agendas.  


Social enterprises contribute to the creation of greater equity of economic power, a more sustainable society and overall improved well-being.  Our aim is to be sure that contribution is recognised and supported.


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Improve the business environment

Working closely with our members and partner organisations, the team strives to improve the business environment for social enterprises. We identify barriers to the growth of social enterprises, advise government and other public bodies on practical solutions, develop position papers, inform consultations and host policy events.


We also work hard to influence the positions of these political parties, in order to ensure that social enterprise is understood and supported regardless of who is in power. This work includes attending party conferences, influencing election manifestos and working with think tanks across the political spectrum.  

Inform policy development

Social Enterprise UK promotes the benefits of social enterprise to Westminster and Whitehall to inform policy development. We have built a reputation for the effectiveness of our political campaigns and were shortlisted for the PAN Public Affairs Awards In-House Team of the Year in 2010.  We run an annual programme of political events and have a strong track record in influencing the policy agenda.

We have a limited number of political supporters, and they work closely with us to represent the best interests of social enterprise in the political arena. They are part of our parliamentary team, and voice their on-the-ground experience to Government and Shadow Ministers, MPs and senior civil servants during the conference season and throughout the parliamentary year.

We produced 'No more business as usual - a social enterprise manifesto' for the 2010 General Election, which outlined priority areas that were fundamental to increasing social enterprises’ contribution to the UK. These included social enterprise models for public service delivery, supporting a green economy, new approaches to tackling unemployment, and stronger support for community enterprise.

Increase understanding amongst parliamentarians

Social Enterprise UK runs the Secretariat for the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Social Enterprise, a group of parliamentarians with an interest in social enterprise.  It currently has a membership of more than 80 MPs and Peers from across the three main parties.  The APPG holds regular events in Westminster which our members are invited to attend.

Click here to read about recent and future APPG events

We thank our political sponsors for their support: