APPG for Social Enterprise

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Social Enterprise is a group of parliamentarians with an interest in social enterprise.

Founded in 2003 by Baroness Thornton, it is chaired by Jo Gideon MP with officers from across the main political parties in Parliament. The APPG showcases social enterprises and discusses issues important to the social enterprise movement. Regular events are held in Westminster and a range of different social enterprises invited to attend as guest speakers.


Social Enterprise UK runs the Secretariat for the APPG. Previous APPGs have been used to launch campaigns such as Social Saturday and to explore individual topics in-depth such as how social enterprises can work to rehabilitate former members of the armed forces.

Current APPG Officers and Members



  • Chair: Jo Gideon MP
  • Vice-Chair: Alex Sobel MP (Labour)
  • (Hon Sec): Baroness Glenys Thornton (Labour)
  • Lord Victor Adebowale (Crossbencher)
  • Lord John Bird (Crossbencher)
  • Charles Courtenay, 19th Earl of Devon (Crossbencher)
  • Baroness Liz Barker (LibDem)
  • Harriet Baldwin MP (Conservative)
  • John Howell OBE MP (Conservative)
  • Sir Peter Bottomley MP (Conservative)
  • Alex Davies-Jones MP (Labour)

APPG Enquiries 


To enquire about the APPG, please email or telephone 020 3589 4953.

Attendance to the APPG meetings is by invitation only, providing Social Enterprise UK members with a platform on which to meet with parliamentarians and influence debate.


Please note: This is not an official website of the House of Commons or the House of Lords. It has not been approved by either House or its committees. All-Party Parliamentary Groups are informal groups of Members of both Houses with a common interest in particular issues. The views expressed on this webpage are those of the group.