Happy 2019, we hope it’s started well and that you and your colleagues had a relaxing Christmas break.  I’ve been thinking a great deal about 2019; a year that will undoubtedly be a critical one for our society, politics and economy. There’ll be greater uncertainty, analysis and discord across our nation and that looks as if it will be a sustained for quite a while yet. Naturally, our relationship with Europe will dominate the news and as a consequence will likely drown out all other stories, but we are determined to make sure that 2019 is the year when policy makers, companies and the public wake up to the incredible potential of social enterprise as a response to the growing multitude of crises we face we right across the UK and the wider world.

If you are free on the evening of 31 January, we’d love to see you at our AGM. If the thought of coming along to an AGM doesn’t excite you, fear not! At SEUK we don’t do fusty old meetings - it’s a chance to network with the team and your fellow members over some nice drinks and social enterprise canapes whilst also learning more about what we do and what we’ve got lined up in 2019.  

We’re also going to be joined by award winning writer Oliver Bullough, author of the Sunday Times Business Book of the Year, Moneyland. He’ll be taking us on a journey into the murky world of the “super-rich” and corruption in the global tax system. If you’d like to join us, please drop my colleagues an email at [email protected] The AGM will be taking place at the Trampery by Old Street in London (EC1V 9EY) from 18:00 – 21:00. I hope to see lots of you there. Thank you to those who have confirmed their attendance or sent in your proxy votes in advance.

2019 looks set to be one of our most exciting year’s yet. We’ll be hoping to bring our plans to life for ‘The Hive’ - a new centre for social enterprise in the heart of London, launching  new research into how central and local government are using social value (or perhaps are not!), delivering bigger and improved public facing campaigns, bringing new companies into the Buy Social Corporate Challenge and publishing our flagship, biennial State of Social Enterprise Report amongst many other things.

We wish you all the best for an impactful new year.

Peter Holbrook

Chief Executive, Social Enterprise UK