Social Saturday is an annual campaign to raise awareness of the difference that social enterprises are making in communities on your doorstep and around the world, and to encourage you to support these businesses when making your purchasing decisions. Social enterprises are businesses that put people and planet first, by re-investing their profits to provide training, employment, housing, health, education, clean water and much more.

Social Saturday is a chance for social enterprises to shout out loud about the fantastic work they do by putting on events, opening their doors and inviting their local politicians to find out more about their work. The campaign is led by the national body for social enterprises, Social Enterprise UK (SEUK) and is supported by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Co-op

There are lots of ways you can get involved, both at home and work. You might be a consumer looking for a social enterprise gift; work in a local authority and keen to support social enterprises in your borough; or a business looking to buy from social enterprises to improve your supply chain.

The first Social Saturday in 2014 had cross-party support and was backed by the Prime Minister, David Cameron. Successive campaigns in 2015 and 2016 have reached consumers, MPs, local authorities and businesses throughout the UK.

The campaign is led by the national body for social enterprises, Social Enterprise UK (SEUK) and is supported by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Co-op.

Click here to find out more about why the Co-op are supporting Social Saturday this year. 

What happened in 2016?

  • Over 60 events took place across the UK, in places including Newcastle, Scarborough, Norwich, London, Bristol, Loughborough, Plymouth and Oxford. These ranged from woodland walks and community fun fairs to screen printing workshops, social enterprise lunches and business networking events. 
  • Social enterprise supporters Michael Sheen and Comedian & Actor Chris Addison supported the day and met Social Enterprise UK members at SEUK's social enterprise pop-up stall at London's iconic Borough Market
  • 17 MPs from across political parties visited social enterprises across the country, including Caroline Lucas (Co-Leader of the Green Party), Ed Vaisey, Conservative MP for Didcot and Wantage and Cat Smith, Labour MP for Lancaster and Fleetwood.
  • Social Saturday was featured on Sky News at the start of the day and was all over regional papers and radio. It was also featured on the BBC website, the Big Issue and Forbes.

 

Let's make Social Saturday 2017 even bigger and better!