WHAT IS BUY SOCIAL?
Let our short animation explain. Narrated by John Bird, founder of The Big Issue, featuring Jamie Oliver and Rachel Stevens.
WHY THE BUY SOCIAL CAMPAIGN?
Research with our members revealed that one of the key things they wanted was for Social Enterprise UK to drive more business their way. We decided that a campaign would be the best way to make this happen and worked with our members to create Buy Social.
It was decided that we would target three core customer bases: social enterprises, the private sector and consumers - and reach out to them one at a time. Future activity will support parliament, universities and charities to buy from social enterprises.
THE CAMPAIGN SO FAR...
The UK's first Social Saturday took place in September 2014 to boost the number of consumers buying from social enterprises.
It had cross party support and was backed by the Prime Minister David Cameron, Business Minister Jo Swinson, Minister for Civil Society Brooks Newmark and Shadow Cabinet Minister Chi Onwurah.
REACHING OUT TO THE PRIVATE SECTOR
On Social Enterprise Day 2013 a reception was held on the House of Commons terrace to bring together private sector buyers and social enterprises.
John Bercow, Speaker of the House of Commons, informed guests that he intended to work with Hazel Blears MP to put Buy Social at the heart of Parliament procurement.
BUY SOCIAL DIRECTORY
The Buy Social Directory helps private and public sector buyers find social enterprises to trade with. Search the directory to connect with social enterprises providing a variety of products and services, from education and training, to catering and printing.
SUPPLY CHAIN GUIDE
Here's a practical guide to 'buying social' for people working in large organisations. Whether you're in the private, public or voluntary sectors, why not help grow the positive impact your business or organisation has on society?
LAUNCHED AT BIS
Buy Social launched on Social Enterprise Day, November 2012. Armed with data showing that relatively few social enterprises were buying from one another, the first year of Buy Social supported ‘inter-trading’. The result has been a significant rise in the number of social enterprises buying goods and services from others in the sector.
Buy Social in the windows of the Government Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (London)
BADGE AND ANIMATION FOR SEUK MEMBERS
We've designed a range of Buy Social materials to help encourage more people to buy from social enterprises. These are available to SEUK members only. Login to access the buy social downloads.
Members are also welcome to host the Buy Social animation on their websites. Login to access the embed code.
FIND A SOCIAL ENTERPRISE SUPPLIER
There are a number of directories listing social enterprises based in the UK:
- www.buysocialdirectory.org.uk (particularly useful for private and public sector buyers)
- www.runnative.co.uk (shopping website, find products including homeware, stationary and chocolate)
- www.uk.coop/cooperate (mobile app)
- www.tradesocial.net (Northern Ireland)
- www.seyh.org.uk/members (Yorkshire & The Humber)
- www.socialenterprisewm.org.uk/join-us/members-directory (West Midlands)
SOCIAL ENTERPRISES DOING BUSINESS WITH ONE ANOTHER
Poached Creative & SkyWay
Poached Creative is a writing and communications company that creates opportunities for unemployed and disadvantaged people. They buy social from SkyWay which provides super-fast, no fuss CRB checking services for volunteers and new recruits.
Manor House Development Trust & Inklusive CIC
Manor House Development Trust - a resident-led social enterprise - gets its refill toner ink cartridges from Inklusive CIC, which provides employment opportunities and training for disadvantaged people. They also recycle cartridges that would otherwise ultimately become waste - over 60% of all inkjet and toner cartridges end up in landfill.
The Phone Co-op & HCT Group
HCT Group is a social enterprise in the transport industry, providing over 12 million passenger trips on its buses every year. It has a contract with The Phone Co-op, which offers phone, broadband and mobile services. Its members run the business - a group of people united by shared values, shared ownership and democratically made decisions.
Clean Slate & CAN
Clean Slate provides work opportunities to homeless people, prison leavers, refugees, offering practical help to people setting up their own businesses and by linking with Employer Partners who provide work placements. CAN is one such Employer Partner. CAN provides support, funds, office space and social impact reporting consultancy to social ventures and charities.
Clarity & Argonaut Community Enterprises
Clarity - Employment for Blind People and Argonaut Community Enterprises are both committed to creating opportunities for disabled people. Argonaut provides cleaning services and Clarity manufactures and sells cleaning products, which you can buy online. When Argonaut expanded into washroom hygiene services they were able to call on Clarity for their range of hand soaps and toiletries.