Our achievements

SOCIAL ENTERPRISE UK'S INFLUENCING HAS HELPED TO:

Public Services

  • Create the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012, which will ensure social value is considered in public spending decisions
  • Reach thousands of local government employees, commissioners and officials, raising their awareness of social enterprise through our work the local government association, and through our own popular publications
  • Develop an easier and fairer process for winning public sector contracts including simplifying the PQQ and a single free portal for all central government contract opportunities over £10,000

Health

  • Establish a £100million fund, supporting hundreds of social enterprises operating in health and social care
  • Establish the Right to Request programme which has led to the creation of more than forty social enterprises in primary care

Education and skills

  • Put social enterprise on the GCSE business studies curriculum
  • Develop the Future Jobs Fund and consulted on the youth contract

Communities

  • Develop the Right to Challenge, Right to Bid and Right to Build in the Localism Act

Funding and investment

  • Establish Big Society Capital – the first social investment wholesale bank with more than £600million to invest in the sector
  • Ensure that more and more trusts and foundations, including the Big Lottery, support social enterprises as well as charities
  • Create and shape more than 20 different support programmes for social enterprise including: Capacity Builders, Big Lottery Basis, The Contract Readiness Fund, National Programme for Third Sector Commissioning, Risk Capital Fund, Mutuals Support Programme and Futurebuilders England

Legal Structures

  • Create the Community Interest Company Legal form – the first legal form in the world designed specifically for social enterprises

2010 Manifesto Campaign

  • In the run up to the 2010 General Election, Social Enterprise UK produced a manifesto for the sector called No more business as usual.  This outlined social enterprises’ top policy recommendations on subjects including social enterprise models for public service delivery, supporting a green economy, new approaches to tackling unemployment, and stronger support for community enterprise.
  • We also built support for social enterprise through asking parliamentary candidates and Peers to sign our Social Enterprise Charter. In total, 131 politicians pledged their support for the movement, including party leaders David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Caroline Lucas.
  • We lobbied across the political spectrum and social enterprise featured in the manifestos of all three main parties at the last election, including policy commitments across a wide range of government departments.
  • Manifesto asks turned into policy through the legislative programme, including in the Localism Act 2011, the Health and Social Care Act 2012 and the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012.

SEUK's political work is supported by The Co-operative Energy, CAN, Fusion 21, and First Ark Group