Research

We carry out and commission research to help build the case for social enterprises and to help support our work shaping government policy and public opinion.  

Below are our most recent publications. All of our research reports, and guides, are available to download in the resources library.

STATE OF SOCIAL ENTERPRISE (2015)

The State of Social Enterprise Report 2015, supported by Santander, is the most comprehensive research undertaken into the state of the sector. The report shows that social enterprises in the UK are thriving, outperforming their mainstream SME counterparts in nearly every area of business: turnover growth, workforce growth, job creation, innovation, business optimism, and start-up rates. Download.

THINK GLOBAL, TRADE SOCIAL (2015)

Social Enterprise UK and the British Council, with the support of the World Bank, have written a report which makes the case that the Sustainable Development Goals must embrace the potential of business to deliver meaningful sustainable development. The Think Global, Trade Social Report includes a foreword by Nobel Laureate, Professor Muhammad Yunus. Download.

COMMUNITIES COUNT (2014)

Communities Count: the Four Steps to Unlocking Social Value is the most comprehensive research report to date on social value. With practical recommendations for organisations in all sectors. Download.