Here you’ll find our most recent press releases keeping you up to date with our latest news, responses to events affecting the sector and our latest research. To view all of our press releases click here

2022

SEUK statement on Big Society Capital’s response to the Commission on Social Investment (13 May 2022) – Our statement on the reforms being made by Big Society Capital in response to the Commission on Social Investment

SEUK strengthens Board with five new appointments (12 May 2022) – Social Enterprise UK (SEUK) has appointed five new Board members following a rigorous recruitment process.

Social Enterprise UK response to the Spring Statement (23 March 2022) – Our response to the Chancellor’s Spring Statement.

Leading businesses and social enterprises come together to accelerate delivery of social value (8 March 2022) – Leading businesses and social enterprises have announced a new programme of work to accelerate and expand the consideration of social value in public and private sector procurement. This programme has been announced on the 10th Anniversary of the passage of the Social Value Act, a world-leading law which requires public bodies to consider social and environmental impact when making procurement decisions.

Social Enterprise UK response to the APPG for Social Enterprise Inquiry into the impact of COVID on social enterprises (1 March 2022) – Our response to the Inquiry commissioned by the APPG for Social Enterprise

Social Enterprise UK response to the Levelling Up White Paper (2 February 2022) – Our response to the Levelling Up White Paper published on 2 February 2022. We argue that reform should not stop at the Council Room but needs to go through the Boardroom as well.

Statement from Peter Holbrook CBE, Chief Executive of Social Enterprise UK on the publication of the Commission on Social Investment (26 January 2022) – Our response to the findings of the Commission

Join SEUK’s Crowdfunder to support disabled ex-workers and campaign for change (21 January 2022) – SEUK’s Crowdfunder will help advocate for change and support disabled ex-workers following the collapse of social enterprise and charity Clarity Employment for Blind People (EBP) and the purchase of its assets by a private company.

2021

Winner of the UK Social Enterprise Awards 2021 (8 December 2021) – the awards recognise the leading lights of the social enterprise movment. To recognise their contribution to the pandemic response the 2021 ceremony had a new Award for Social Enterprise Team of the Year. There was also a new award for a socialenterprise Building Diversity, Inclusion, Equity and Justice

New pan-European initiative launched to make supply chains fairer and more sustainable (28 Sept 2021) – In a push to contribute to an inclusive and sustainable post-COVID recovery, forward-thinking companies are opening up their supply chains to social enterprises

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2020

SEUK response to the 2020 Budget – Our Chief Executive, Peter Holbrook, responds to the 2020 Budget.

Letter to the Editor of Manchester Evening News – A letter from SEUK CEO, Peter Holbrook, to the Manchester Evening News following reporting about an investment into SharpFutures – a Social Enterprise UK member.

Lord Victor Adebowale sets up Commission on Social Investment – Lord Victor Adebowale CBE, Chair of Social Enterprise UK, has announced the creation of a new Commission on Social Investment which will look at the future of this £3.5bn market and how it can support the growth of the social enterprise movement.

Statement on Government Reshuffle – Social Enterprise UK CEO, Peter Holbrook on the latest Government reshuffle which has seen Oliver Dowden named as Secretary of State at DCMS, the department where ministerial responsibility for social enterprise sits


2019

Creating a Social Enterprise Hive – Social Enterprise UK along with The School for Social Entrepreneurs, CAN and the Impact Hub Kings Cross are hoping to secure the long-term future of the social enterprise movement here in London.

Social Enterprise UK calls on PM to ditch business as usual to unleash Britain’s potential – Our response to the results of the 2019 General Election calling on the PM to ditch business as usual and support social enterprise

SEUK’s response to the Thomson Reuters Foundation latest research on the best places to be a social entrepreneur – Peter Holbrook, Chief Executive, Social Enterprise UK responds to the Thomson Reuters Foundation latest research on the best places to be a social entrepreneur, citing lack of government support as a reason the UK has dropped from third to thirteenth position.

Statement on Boris Johnson becoming Prime Minister –
Our statement to the new PM calling him to move responsibility for social enterprises from the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to the Department for Business.

Social enterprises critical to solving UK public sector productivity crisis – A new report reveals that staff-owned social enterprises, also called “public service mutuals”, hold the key to solving the UK public sector’s productivity crisis.

SEUK welcomes new Institute for Impact Investing – Our statement welcoming the new Institute for Impact Investing


Revolution in procurement driving higher economic growth says report – A new report, Front and Centre – Putting Social Value at the Heart of Inclusive Growth, launched today (21 May 2019) by Social Enterprise UK has found that local councils are increasingly using procurement as a way to drive higher economic growth.


SAP backs social enterprises through £2 trillion procurement platform – Partnership with Social Enterprise UK to open up annual transaction value of £65 billion in the UK and help corporate buyers spend better with social enterprises.


Buy Social Corporate Challenge celebrates 3 years and growing trade for social enterprises– Achieving an impressive £65.2 million in cumulative spend since launched, the Corporate Challenge has seen a wave of new businesses sign up this year: ENGIE, Lendlease, Nationwide, SAP and Willmott Dixon.


Global developer Lendlease joins the Buy Social Corporate Challenge – Lendlease is the latest business to sign-up to the Buy Social Corporate Challenge – a ground-breaking initiative seeing leading companies aim to cumulatively spend £1 billion with social enterprises.


Jennifer Exon joins Social Enterprise UK as Director of Business and Enterprise – Jennifer Exon will be joining Social Enterprise UK (SEUK) as its Director of Business and Enterprise, heading up our business development team


Social enterprise at the heart of Labour’s economic policy making says Shadow Business Secretary– Rebecca Long-Bailey, the Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, told a summit on the future of business that Labour would be putting social enterprise at the heart of its economic policy making.