Member News

Fairtrade nuts to boost income for smallholder farmers this festive season

Liberation Foods, the UK’s only farmer-owned nut company, has launched a new Fairtrade line for this year’s Tesco finest* Christmas range. The product, Fairtrade Chocolate Caramelised Cashews with Cranberries, will bring extra income to farmers and their communities in countries such as Burkina Faso, Cameroon and Costa Rica.Read more

Getting Players On The Pitch And Into Employment

Community interest company ‘SoFab Sports’ is the first social enterprise to receive £100,000 investment from the Resonance South West Social Investment Tax Relief (SITR) Fund following its recent geographical extension into the wider South West.Read more

Festive Shopping at Cockpit Arts Winter Open Studios 2019

Cockpit Arts is throwing open the doors for its celebrated Winter Open Studios. This twice-yearly shopping event is the only time Cockpit is open to the public, making it an exclusive chance to buy direct from over 140 of the best craftspeople in London, see where it all happens and support this hub of creative talent.Read more

A World-class Social Change Degree in Leeds

Young and mature learners who aspire to be leaders and change-makers now have the chance to join a unique social change degree at Leeds Beckett University: BA Innovation and Skills for Social Change.Read more

Well Grounded opens new Barista Training Academy in King’s Cross to support 100s of people into work

Well Grounded, London’s first social enterprise to focus on developing highly skilled talent for the Specialty Coffee industry, has opened an academy based in King’s Cross this October.Read more

Social enterprise soap brand wants you to steal their staff

BECO., the social enterprise soap brand is taking a new approach to business, calling on competitors and UK employers to take a stand when it comes to recruitmentRead more

Brightkidz Takes ST:EPS to Change the School Run

Brightkidz social enterprise has published a new guide to help make the school run more active, safe and sustainable and reduce car dependency.Read more

Charity Bank takes to the road with free regional events for charity professionals

Charity Bank is inviting trustees, directors, CEOs and managers of charities, social enterprises, and community organisations to attend a series of free regional events in September and October. Taking place in London, Tunbridge Wells, Leeds, Reading, Edinburgh, Derby and Manchester, these events will provide the latest insight on the state of the social sector at a time of change and challenge. NCVO will present an update on the state of the sector and then sector specialists will engage with the audience in unpicking some of the challenges and opportunities that exist.Read more

“Inclusive Islands” launches in Jakarta – sharing learning between creative social enterprises in the UK & Indonesia

“Inclusive Islands” is boosting Indonesia’s impact support ecosystem, uniting social enterprise experience from the island communities of Scotland to Indonesia - the world’s largest island archipelago. As part of British Council’s DICE (Developing Inclusive and Creative Economies) programme, Inclusive Islands is bringing together 20 social entrepreneurs from Medan, Jayapura, Makassar, Pontianak and Padang, who run social enterprises in creative areas including; tourism, crafts, and publishing.Read more

MHFA England publishes first impact report

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England has today launched its first ever social impact report. The report is a celebration of MHFA England, its twelve years of history, achievements over the year 2018/19 and an outline of plans for the future.Read more

Shipping container shopping hub and green barn: Exciting plans proposed for Grimsby Garden Centre

Innovative plans by leading social enterprise NAViGO to further transform Grimsby Garden Centre have been submitted to council planners. The proposals include: the repurposing of shipping containers to create a unique independent retail feature entrance hub for small local businesses a new timber built green barn with wool insulation, composting toilets and rainwater harvesting. The low-carbon facility, powered by a wind turbine will provide flexible use space for activities, children’s play and events.Read more

North East Charities wanted for free phones offer

SwitchAid, a not for profit fundraising scheme that generates funds for good causes by switching energy & telecoms for homes and businesses, has done a deal with Carphone Warehouse to benefit charities.Read more

Allia announces The Future 20 – 20 exciting companies looking to change the world

Tech for good and social ventures addressing the UN Sustainable Development Goals to be given no-cost individual packages of support to help them create greater impact.Read more

New £15M fund for social enterprises & charities to transform high streets using historic buildings

AHF (the Architectural Heritage Fund) today announces the opening of the Transforming Places Through Heritage fund, focused on reinvigorating England’s high streets and town centres as once more thriving hubs of community, through the creative reuse of local historic buildings.Read more

Smile Together publish Social Impact Report 2018/19

Smile Together Dental CIC are proud to officially publish their 2018/19 Social Impact Report – a celebration of their achievements and social impact in a year which has seen them reinvesting their profits into frontline patient services as well as their community like never before.Read more

Scottish pupils receive national social enterprise award from Deputy First Minister, John Swinney MSP

This year, innovative young people across Scotland have been setting up businesses to tackle the social and environmental issues that matter to them. Forty schools from Central Scotland received a Social Enterprise in Education Award from Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education & Skills, John Swinney MSP to recognise the success and sustainability of their social enterprisesRead more

Fusion21 research reveals social value's growing in importance amongst UK public procurement professionals

Almost two thirds (64%) of UK public procurement professionals say social value has become more important over the last 12 months, Fusion21's second annual Procurement Trends Report has found.Read more

Learn how to effectively leverage video for your business

Chocolate Films have recently released the e-book 'How To Effectively Use Video For Your Business'. It is a guide to help organisations, including social enterprises, to effectively leverage video content. The book explores 5 routes to win at video marketing, with content types that are achievable for any organisation and practical takeaways.Read more

Unity Trust Bank and Charity Bank team-up to provide £8.5m loan for dementia care in Yorkshire

Unity Trust Bank and Charity Bank have joined forces to provide loans totalling £8.5m to enable charity Abbeyfield The Dales to purchase the award-winning Fern House, a 30-room dementia care home in Bingley in Yorkshire.Read more

Call for Social Economy Research in Coventry

The City of Coventry has been invited to submit a proposal to the Local Access Programme, a new fund created by ACCESS – The Foundation for Social Investment and Big Society Capital to take a place based approach to transforming the social economy through blended finance. Coventry is one of only 12 places invited to take part in a competitive process where 5 places will be offered a share of £33m of blended finance to develop a strong social economy.Read more

2019 Social Enterprise World Forum in Addis Ababa

This year's Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF 2019) will take place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 23-25th October 2019. This Global Forum was first established in 2008 and has traversed the globe, visiting 6 continents (Africa, Asia, Oceania, Europe, North America and South America) and 10 Cities (Edinburgh, Melbourne, San Francisco, Johannesburg, Rio de Janeiro, Calgary, Seoul, Milan, Hong Kong and Christchurch).Read more

WildHearts Transform Over One Million Lives

In 2017 WildHearts set an ambitious goal; they would transform one million lives by the end of 2020. Earlier this year, on March 26th they achieved that goal.Read more

£1.1m Unity Trust Bank loan provides urgently needed housing for the homeless in Coventry

A £1.1m loan from Unity Trust, the commercial bank with a social conscience has enabled social enterprise The Cornerstone Partnership to purchase 17 properties for the homeless in Coventry. Operated in partnership with The Salvation Army; the properties provide safe, sustainable homes integrated in the community for homeless families to begin rebuilding their lives.Read more

Young mental health advocate harnesses power of social media to create body image film

It is estimated that 1.25 million people in the UK have an eating disorder and as Mental Health Awareness Week (13 – 19 May, 2019) commences - young film-maker and mental health advocate, Tallulah Self has created ‘HOME’, a short film featuring mental health influencer and ballet dancer, Margi Barbieri.Read more

GLL increases staff training with inclusion of mental health awareness modules

This week marks Mental Health Awareness Week (13th-19th May) and GLL, the UK’s largest leisure charitable social enterprise, is continuing its commitment to improving mental health throughout the areas it operates in, with the introduction of new staff training modules, to help improve the wellbeing of not only the customers that use its services, but the staff that provide them.Read more

Record award numbers brings GLL Sport Foundation athlete support to £11 million

GLL Sport Foundation (GSF) has marked 11 years as the UK’s largest independent athlete support programme, by announcing its largest ever annual athlete awards for 2019.Read more

Treherbert social enterprise receives £90,000 Co-op Foundation funding boost

A Treherbert-based social enterprise dedicated to managing local woodland sustainably has received a £90,000 funding boost from The Co-op Foundation.Read more

Electronic Prescription Service launched in urgent care service

Patients using unscheduled urgent care services across the south and east of England are set to benefit from a new electronic prescribing service developed by social enterprise IC24 and NHS Digital.Read more

Divine Chocolate Annual Report 2017 - 2018

Divine chocolate are proud to announce their annual report for July 2017 and June 2018, as well as a summary of our financial accounts.Read more

‘Elevator’ competition will enable social enterprises to scale whilst accelerating solutions to their cause

Independent PR and comms agency Eulogy has launched a competition enabling social enterprises and early-stage ventures driven by social purpose to win pro bono support to help move them from start-up to scale up, whilst accelerating solutions to their cause.Read more

Exciting year ahead for Liverpool social enterprise as PSS marks Centenary

Founded by Liverpool icon Eleanor Rathbone in 1919, PSS are celebrating 100 years of helping people, innovation… and plenty of firsts along the way!Read more

Take on a Placement Student this Summer

The NUS is currently seeking organisations and businesses who want to empower students from all backgrounds to innovate and progress sustainability through meaningful work placements. Join a network of organisations working to enhance partnership working with universities whilst exploring potential to make a positive impact.Read more

Belu generates £1 million in one year for WaterAid to bring clean water around the world

Eight years into their unique partnership, pioneering social enterprise and ethical water company Belu has reached its goal to give WaterAid £1 million in a year, helping transform hundreds of thousands of lives with clean water.Read more

Launch of Cockpit Effect Report

The annual Cockpit Effect Report was launched on the 11 March at the prestigious Clothworkers’ Hall to an invited audience of 50 enthusiastic guests. Cockpit enables talent to flourish and support entrepreneurial craft businesses.Read more

Social Enterprise, Future Directions wins two Skills for Care Accolades

Social Enterprise UK member Future Directions won the Most Effective Approach to Leadership and Management and the Most Effective Approach to Integrated New Models of Care Categories.Read more

Enterprising Scottish pupils create special edition of The Big Issue magazine

Children from 14 schools across Scotland will try their hand at selling a special edition of The Big Issue magazine, that some of their pupils took part in creating.Read more

Unity Trust Bank sees profits rise 68% in 2018 “Pursuing community and commercial value is a win-win” said CEO Margaret Willis

Unity Trust, the commercial bank for firms and organisations that want to help create a better society, increased its profits 68% in 2018. Unity approved over £200 million of lending to firms and projects that will deliver community, economic or environmental benefits. This is a record-breaking performance for Unity which has seen its lending almost double since it became independent in 2015.Read more

Hey Girls Invite Michael Sheen to be Part of The Bloody Conversation

Hey Girls, a social enterprise whose mission, is to tackle period poverty in the UK, announced a nationwide campaign called ‘#Pads4Dads’. Aimed at men, the campaign encourages Dads to feel more confident speaking to their daughters about periods.Read more

A Celebration of Cumbria’s Best Social Enterprises

The 2019 Cumbria Social Enterprise Partnership Awards took place on Tuesday, 5th March at Coronation Hall in Ulverston. The theme of this year’s event was ‘Social Enterprise … The Future of Business’.Read more

Apprentice star on board to further brighten Grimsby Garden Centre

Big are things expected for 2019 as Grimsby Garden Centre enlist the help of BBC Apprentice star and entrepreneur Elizabeth McKenna to work alongside the team. Elizabeth, who came fourth in the programme in 2017, offers up her wealth of business knowledge to help the garden centre continue to grow.Read more

Bloody Big Brunch

Ahead of a nationwide campaign in March, research published today has revealed that the issue of period poverty is more substantial than previously evidenced. Until now, the statistic of 1 in 10 women and girls in the U.K. being unable to afford menstrual products has been cited, but a new survey held by Ginger Comms, the Bloody Big Brunch and Hey Girls has shown that the figure is closer to 3 in 10 women (27%).Read more

Rose Marley to lead on Opportunity Pass for young people

Rose Marley, CEO of social enterprise Sharp Futures will be spearheading a drive to increase opportunities for young people across Greater Manchester.Read more

Impact Loans England programme receives an additional £3.9 million

Impact Loans England is available to organisations across England looking for unsecured repayable finance between £10k-£150k. The funding is available to organisations keen to do more of the good work they do – whether it’s buying equipment, hiring new talent, or progressing with business development plans.Read more

ITEC bringing Brighter Smiles for children in West Cornwall

Over 500 more Cornish pupils in the west of the county will be improving their oral health in the new year thanks to the generous support of ITEC Group UK for Brighter Smiles, Cornwall’s oral health campaign.Read more

New BAME support programme looks to build business strength and help excluded communities explore social investment

Social Investment Business launch Diverse Ambitions - a support programme and fund referral scheme for BAME charities and social enterprises in the Greater London area.Read more

At the Double – Heywood social enterprise rated outstanding for a second time

Staff at Heywood based social enterprise PossAbilities, are celebrating a remarkable ‘double’, having received their second consecutive OUTSTANDING rating from the Care Quality Commission (CQC).Read more

Planet First opens its doors A brand new not for profit Social enterprise company has opened its doors

Planet first is a social enterprise company that provides professional energy cost, consumption management and reduction services across the UK.Read more

Allia's top tips for an eco-friendly and ethical Christmas

To help cut down on festive waste this year and give ideas on how to give back this Christmas, SEUK member, Allia have put together their top tips for an eco-friendly and ethical holidays.Read more

Record Job Vacancies highlights the growing skills gap which new tech social enterprise Stay Nimble is tackling head on

Start-up social enterprise, Stay Nimble is aiiming to help people learn how to adapt more easily and quickly to changes in the labour market.Read more

Smile Together publishes Social Impact Report 2018

Employee-owned dental social enterprise, Smile Together have published their latest impact report looking at how they are reducing health inequalities and preventing tooth decay!Read more

Brewgooder launches Jingle Wells campaign to try to fund 12 well repairs in Malawi

Jingle Wells is a Brewgooder campaign to try to fund 12 well repairs in Malawi… 1 for everyday of Christmas… to bring an additional 3,000 people clean drinking water in 2019.Read more

Hackney is Social: A Social Enterprise Manifesto for Hackney

Thursday 15 November saw the launch of ‘Hackney Is Social’, a social enterprise manifesto for Hackney, coordinated by Hackney Co-operative Developments CIC on behalf of the Hackney Social Enterprise Place Partnership. ‘Hackney Is Social’ was officially launched by special guest Claire Dove OBE DL, Crown Representative for the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise sector and former chair of Social Enterprise UK at the ‘Hackney: A Social Enterprise Borough’ conference held in Hackney House.Read more

Major boost for social enterprise sector and ‘beauty with purpose’ as John Lewis & Partners stocks The Soap Co.’s, Eco & Bee-Friendly Collection

In a major achievement for CLARITY-The Soap Co., the social enterprise announces that in time for the busy Christmas period, high-end department store, John Lewis & Partners, is to sell its luxury, ethical The Soap Co. eco and bee friendly collection across various of its stores nationwide.Read more

Birmingham: A Social Enterprise City

As of 15 November, Birmingham is officially a Social Enterprise City!Read more

Two London Authorities invest a further £30m into Homelessness Fund securing over 90 homes to house small families and individuals

The Real Lettings Property Fund2 (RLPF2), managed by social impact investment company Resonance and homelessness charity St Mungo’s, has received further investments of £15m each from the London Boroughs of Lambeth and Westminster. The Fund purchases homes around the capital for people affected by homelessness, helping them move on with their lives and into independent living.Read more

Local deaf professional has won the Natwest WISE Award

Minna Moffatt-Feldman, owner of Sign How, a Manchester-based social enterprise, has WON a place on the NatWest WISE100 Award (Women in Social Enterprise) in recognition of work to improve access for deaf people. All Sign How teachers and assessors are themselves deaf, placing them in an ideal position to act as role models and help others to learn deaf awareness, British Sign Language and Communication Support Strategies across the Manchester boroughs and other parts of the UK.Read more

From Babies with Love announced as finalist at the 2018 Employee Engagement Awards

The Employee Engagement Awards are a platform to recognise excellence, they inspire and educate organisations to remake the way they think about and engage people to achieve their purpose. From Babies with Love is a finalist with it’s corporate service, FAMILY, offering parental leave gifts that also support orphaned and abandoned children around the world.Read more

Sheffield social enterprise to deliver £3m to creative projects across Northern Powerhouse

Sheffield social enterprise Key Fund will distribute Government’s Northern Cultural Regeneration Fund. The fund will help arts and cultural organisations grow their social impact in local communities.Read more

Fair credit provider Fair for You reaches £10 million lending high

Flexible credit provider Fair For You has provided a total of £10 million loans since it was established in 2015. Approximately £650,000 in loans has been issued in October 2018 alone, the highest amount ever issued in a single month. 32,000 loans have been granted by the company overall. Fair For You was founded by Angela Clements to combat high-cost weekly payment stores.Read more

New grant funding initiative proves to be a match for community businesses

The School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE), in partnership with Power to Change, have released positive new data from the first cohort of community businesses in England to be supported by Match Trading™ grants, a new type of grant funding. The Match Trading grants have supported community businesses to achieve a typical 92% increase in income from trading.Read more

Edinburgh Businessman's Landmark Sale

Edinburgh businessman Chris Thewlis has become Scotland’s first social enterprise entrepreneur to make a viable exit from a company with his sale of Beer for Good CIC.Read more

"I made your clothes" installation at Amnesty UK Headquarters

SEUK member and ethical men's clothing retailer Brothers We Stand is hosting an “I Made Your Clothes” installation by ethical menswear retailer at Amnesty International headquarters in the week running up to Social Saturday (13th October).Read more

Office Space in Allia's Future Business Centre

Allia are please to have self contained office space to let in their new business centre in Hackney, East London.Read more

News worth shouting about gets new home - Campaign Collective launches The Rooftop news site

Charity and campaigner news will get a new home with the launch of The Rooftop. The website and social channels will help charities and campaigners connect with the general public and get their positive stories heard in what is often a negative mainstream media climate.Read more

Smile Together publishes Impact Special Edition

Social enterprise Smile Together have published their latest Impact Special Edition showcasing its #SmilleAtSea programme which has reached out to the Cornish fishing community with dental treatment and NHS health checks.Read more

New Mental Health Support Programme Challenges Social Isolation

Epic CIC introduces Strong Young Minds- a programme which provides a one to one outreach service that is led by the child or young person to help access the support they want. By giving young people a sense of control over their use of the service, Strong Young Minds creates a unique outlet for children and young people to vocalise their concerns while staying in charge of how their one to one programme is led.Read more

Alysia Reiner proves Green is the New Black in her latest collaboration with Sustainable Luxury Brand Elvis & Kresse

Green is the New Black in this innovative collaboration between Elvis & Kresse and LIVARI clothing. Alysia Reiner’s (Orange is the New Black, The Deuce) zero waste fashion label LIVARI illustrates how fashion can be a force for good. In an industry where leading fashion houses take to burning unsold stock, this latest collaboration comes as an instant breath of fresh air.Read more

Divine Chocolate introduces new organic, high cocoa rich & dark range

Divine Chocolate, the international Fairtrade company co-owned by farmers, is delighted to introduce its first ever organic dark chocolate range. The new range is made with acclaimed high quality cocoa sourced from smallholder farmers in São Tomé aka ‘The Chocolate Island’.Read more

New Mental Health Support Programme Offers a Unique Way to Challenge Social Isolation

NHS England figures have recently revealed that children and young people with serious mental health problems are forced to travel as far as 285 miles to receive mental health support. The Youth Forum at Epic CIC have also been very vocal about needing more mental health support within the borough.Read more

Last chance to sign up to Childcare Vouchers – act now or miss out!

Parents are being urged to register for Childcare Vouchers now before the Scheme closes to new entrants on 4 October 2018.Read more

Pioneering events company has now employed over 200 ex-homeless people

A London based events company revealed today that it has now employed over 200 people with a history of homelessness and urges other businesses to take Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) seriously too.Read more

Hey Girls ‘delighted’ to be major provider in Scottish sanitary product scheme

Hey Girls, the award-winning East Lothian based social enterprise company set up to tackle period poverty, is ‘delighted’ to be a major provider in the Scottish Government’s initiative to provide free sanitary products all pupils and students, to be announced this week.Read more

BECỌ - GOOD, CLEAN, FUN

Award winning social enterprise, CLARITY-The Soap Cọ releases BECỌ - a new feel good, socially enterprising and better considered soap range putting real change in the hands of people across the UK.Read more

Big Issue Invest’s Power Up programme launches to support community businesses across the Midlands

Big Issue Invest has today launched its Power Up programme. The lending scheme will offer investment and mentoring support to up to 15 early stage social ventures across the Midlands. Power Up, pioneered by Big Issue Invest (BII), is funded by Barclays with investment coming from Power to Change, Experian and Big Issue Invest Trust.Read more

City Drive announces Birmingham as a Social Enterprise City

Last month, USE IT! proudly supported the iSE facilitated CITY DRIVE week long programme of events to raise awareness, promote employment opportunities and encourage marketplace development for the amazing social enterprises across Birmingham.Read more

CQC’s chief inspector of general practice visits outstanding Bradford practice helping vulnerable city patients

Staff, volunteers and service users at Bevan Healthcare CIC’s city centre practice welcomed chief inspector of general practice from the health and social care regulator, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) last week as part of his visit to the city.Read more

Social Enterprise UK member wins Better Society Award

Social Enterprise UK member wins Better Society Award Campaign Collective has been named Consultancy of the Year at the Better Society Awards ceremony in London.Read more

Bloody brilliant way to end period poverty goes on the menu in London

A brunch experience with a difference is coming to London – one that promises to do good with every Bloody Mary poured. Taking place at The Book Club, Shoreditch on Saturday 2nd June (12noon-4pm), the Bloody Big Brunch, will serve-up the classic cocktail all day long - but there’s a catch. It can only be ‘bought’ in exchange for sanitary protection.Read more

Social Enterprise The Skill Mill is set to scale-up

Life Chances Funding announced by The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport will assist multi-award winning Social Enterprise The Skill Mill to support more young ex-offenders into jobs, achieve qualifications and desist from crime.Read more

Leisure trust merger agreed

The operator of the council’s sport and leisure services in Welwyn Hatfield has changed following a merger between Greenwich Leisure Limited (GLL) and Finesse Leisure that will enable the strengths of both organisations to be used most effectively.Read more

From Babies with Love’s social impact doubles

In the last twelve months From Babies with Love has increased the number of vulnerable children it supports from 2,060 to 4,180, more than doubling its social impact.Read more

The Micro-Placements Programme

The Micro-Placements Programme is a new initiative from City, University of London which aims to place students from low socio-economic backgrounds into short-term career-exploration projects. The purpose is to enhance students’ core employability skills and to help develop their CVs through work experience opportunities across a variety of sectors. This programme supports City’s community engagement which looks to form unique links with Business and the Professions.Read more

Trio of new members join Campaign Collective

Charles Heymann, Louise Akers and Laura Jane Hicks have become the latest communications professionals to join social enterprise communications firm Campaign Collective.Read more

Life saving charity receives funding boost through support of social enterprise

LIVES, who provide a much needed first response service to emergencies across Lincolnshire have been awarded a grant of £15,270 from CDS Action which is the charity set up by community dental social enterprise CDS-CIC to support projects in the communities where it operates.Read more

“Together we are much more powerful than we can ever be alone” – Social Enterprise UK announces membership relaunch

Social Enterprise UK is supporting the growing number of UK start-ups by removing the member fee for smaller social enterprises, enabling them to join the largest social enterprise network in the world.Read more

Community Business weekend returns to champion the power of local people

Community Business Weekend, which is organised by Power to Change, exists to shine a light on the 7,000 community businesses across the country.Read more

Millions Available to Local Causes through Co-op Local Community Fund

Causes in Wales are being encouraged to apply for the Co-op’s local community fund when applications open on 5 March.Read more

Chelmund’s Fish and Chips - Chelmsley Wood gets its chips

A community owned chip shop? When you say it, it seems an obvious idea! Chelmsley Wood, in north Solihull, is about to have what they believe to be the country’s first community owned chippy.Read more

Unlimited Potential is in the Innovation 100!

Unlimited Potential is delighted to have been recognised as one of the 100 most innovative companies in Greater Manchester, in a report produced by BQ and the Business Growth Hub, part of The Growth Company.Read more

#SmashingStigma

Shropshire based social enterprise Designs in Mind, is dramatically changing how people can access support for mental health issues and together we are finding ways to live life better.Read more

Pioneering Sustainable Bank First To Launch Crowdfunding Platform

Triodos Bank, a global pioneer of sustainable banking, has become the first bank in the UK to launch its own crowdfunding platform. The platform offers a range of crowdfunding opportunities enabling people to invest directly in equity or bonds issued by organisations delivering positive social and environmental impacts.Read more

Scotland to host Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF) 2018: 12-14th September, Edinburgh

Social enterprises in Scotland and across the UK will welcome the international social enterprise movement to Edinburgh for the 10th Social Enterprise World Forum this year. The Forum will take place in the Edinburgh International Convention Centre from 12th-14th 2018.Read more

Lewisham Shopping Centre hosts ceremony for Circle Collective training graduates

The event celebrates achievements of young people in the area and the extension of the Circle Collective partnership. Since its inception, Circle Collective has helped more than 250 young local unemployed people into work and it is continuing to expand, enabling the organisation to support even more young people.Read more

Susie J. Verrill collaborates with social enterprise From Babies With Love on new collection

From Babie's with Love's new ‘Elephant Family' collection, which launches on March 8th 2018, has been created in collaboration with journalist, blogger, twitterer, mama and partner to Olympic gold medallist Greg Rutherford, Susie J Verrill.Read more

Veteran factory Scotland’s Bravest Manufacturing Company announces director

Newly-formed Scotland’s Bravest manufacturing Company, the largest employment development specifically for Scottish veterans in decades, is pleased to announce the appointment of its inaugural director.Read more

Sumak Travel - Bringing travellers together in the name of social enterprise

Too often large tour companies looking to maximize their profits ignore or harm local people and the environment throughout the world.But what if you could travel knowing that you were contributing to generate a positive social and environmental impact on your destination?Read more

First Ark increases its social impact by 100% exceeding £22.5 million in one year

Liverpool City Region based, First Ark, is reporting an impressive year-end result for 2016/17; showing a 100% uplift in its social accounting results, delivering a staggering £22.5 million in social impact value in 2017.Read more

WildHearts Office Welcomes New Customers

WildHearts Office, the UK’s largest B2B social enterprise, were delighted to welcome new customers Wesleyan, The Telegraph, Bibby and Towergate this year. WildHearts’ involvement with Social Enterprise UK’s ‘Buy Social Corporate Challenge’ has also seen them partner with some of the UK’s largest businesses, such as Johnson and Johnson, PWC and Zurich Insurance, helping them work towards their social spending goal of £1 billion with social enterprises by 2020.Read more

Local domestic abuse survivor inspires others to break their silence and celebrate their collective achievement at Botanical Gardens sponsored ceremony with Mayor of Birmingham and HSBC

Just before Christmas, Breaking the Silence hosted their inaugural graduation ceremony for 21 ladies, all of who are survivors of domestic abuse, who completed and graduated from their 6-month ‘Building From Broken Pieces Programme’.Read more

Film star digs in to join effort against climate change

Over 85 corporate & community volunteers, including actor David Bradley, helped plant 1,000 trees as part of a collaborative effort to create a wood in the fight against climate change.Read more

AMICA HR - Exciting New Era For HR Firm

Just six weeks after relocating, a fast-growing Lincoln-based HR firm has changed its name, recruited another member of staff and expanded its services! Amica HR is the new name to watch. The former B&G HR – which moved from its old office on the Bishop Grosseteste University campus to The Think Tank in Ruston Way, Lincoln - has stepped-up a gear.Read more

CLARITY-The Soap Co. wins in the Environmental Impact Category at PwC's Building Public Trust Awards, 30th November 2017

CLARITY-The Soap Co. has won a PwC Social Entrepreneurs Club Award at the annual PwC's Building Public Trust Awards lunch on 30 November 2017.Read more

GLL’s commitment to apprenticeships celebrated at Active Training Awards

GLL – the UK’s largest leisure charitable social enterprise was among the winners at ukactive’s Active Training Awards – scooping Apprenticeship Provider of the Year.Read more

Tottenham Community Press celebrates one year in print and crowdfunds its way to sustainability

The Tottenham Community Press is turning one and to recognise this milestone, the social enterprise newspaper invites you to join its birthday celebrations on Thursday 30th November.Read more

First Ark supports new initiative to provide support for unemployed young people

A new initiative which supports young people aged between 16 and 29 who are currently not in education, employment or training into sustainable employment has been launched in Liverpool.Read more

ChangeKitchen CIC Collect Leftover Pumpkins and Provide Vats of Soup to SIFA Homeless Centre

In the run up to Halloween, ChangeKitchen CIC declared a #PumpkinAmnesty. The response was incredible and the pupkins were used to provide food for the city's homeless.Read more

GLL’s social enterprise improving communities recognised at UK Business Awards 2017

GLL has won the award for best Social Enterprise at the UK Business Awards 2017, held on Wednesday, 22nd November at Wembley Stadium in London.Read more

David Bradley rooting for the Trees - “There's magic in them there woods”

With National Tree Planting week fast approaching, our much loved David Bradley is leaving the sets of Harry Potter, Game of Thrones and Doctor Who to come and support Graduate Planet CIC which is the UK’s first Social Enterprise recruitment agency with an environmental mission and the Forest of Hearts charity.Read more

City of London firms are needed to help gain momentum for the homeless support campaign

London UK social enterprise Socialbox.biz hopes to donate 1,000 laptops to homeless people and is working to raise awareness to the public and businesses via social media.Read more

Plans unveiled for Scotland’s Bravest Manufacturing Company to employ Scottish veterans

Scotland’s Bravest Manufacturing Company, the largest employment development specifically for Scottish veterans in decades, will open at veterans’ charity Erskine’s headquarters next June, it was announced today.Read more

Better Club Games 2017: Healthy competition for the active ageing

A team from The Royal Borough of Greenwich beat almost 800 over 55-year-olds to win the 2017 Better Club Games, held at the Copper Box Arena on Friday 10th November 2017.Read more

From Babies with Love announces new partnership with Street Child

Award-winning social enterprise From Babies with Love is pleased to announce a new partnership with the international charity Street Child. Their first joint project will support some of the 32,000 unaccompanied children impacted by devastating conflict in north east Nigeria, where From Babies with Love will fund Street Child to establish three Child Friendly Spaces.Read more

Olympian Fatima Whitbread to welcome 800 over-55s at the 2017 Better Club Games in London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Members of Better’s Club programmes at centres across London are preparing for competition at the 12th annual Better Club Games. On Friday, 10th November, teams comprising of over 55s from across London will be descending on the Copper Box Arena at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, for an enthralling day of competition.Read more

First public release of London’s organic sparkling wine

The award-winning, organic wine producers at Forty Hall Vineyard and their partners Capel Manor College, are celebrating the launch of their 2015 Vintage London Sparkling Brut. It is the first time that this unique social enterprise in North London has had their sparkling wine widely available to the public.Read more

HCT Group calls for a significant strengthening of the Social Value Act

A new HCT Group policy paper argues that the Act needs more ‘teeth’, that commissioning authorities should account for the steps they have taken to implement the Act and that financial thresholds before contracts must apply the Act be reduced or removed.Read more

Hackney is now officially a Social Enterprise Borough

On 1st November, the London Borough of Hackney was awarded Social Enterprise Place status by Social Enterprise UK. Its CEO, Peter Holbrook, presented the award to Mayor Philip Glanville at the Social Enterprise in the City conference at Hackney House in Shoreditch [South Hackney].Read more

Big Issue Invest supports local co-working space with a social purpose

The Big Issue’s social investment arm, Big Issue Invest, has teamed up with Connection Crew to launch Canvas in Brixton - a co-working space with a social purpose.Read more

ChangeKitchen CIC Cater for Ben & Jerry’s Launch of Vegan Ice Cream Range

In September, ChangeKitchen CIC were proud to be chosen to cater for the prestigious, ‘top secret’ UK launch of Ben & Jerry’s new vegan ice cream range.Read more

Brothers We Stand launches flagship store in Bristol

Online ethical clothing retailer Brothers We Stand has opened its first UK retail outlet in Bristol’s Wapping Wharf, selling exclusively ethically-sourced men’s clothes. The flagship store is headed up by 23 year old Bristol University graduate Sam Mabley whose vision is to make ethically produced clothing accessible.Read more

Picolo launches One for One campaign

Picolo launches One for One campaign which will help them donate at least 100,000 pouches to thousands of hungry under 5s through a series of grassroots events, social campaigns, in-store outreach and PR activity.Read more

Manchester Community Transport in talks to join HCT Group

HCT Group has announced that it is in final-stage talks with fellow social enterprise bus operator Manchester Community Transport (MCT), with a view to MCT joining the Group.Read more

The Big Lemon just got bigger!

The streets of Brighton and Hove will soon be seeing lots more yellow buses as a result of decisions taken by councillors on Brighton and Hove Council.Read more

First Ark Group launches latest Social Accounts Summary

First Ark Group has launched their Social Accounts Summary which tells the story of how the role they have played has helped people change their lives for the better.Read more

Accelerate CIC appoint a new Chair

We are pleased to announce that Dr Helen Glenister has been appointed as the new Chair of Accelerate CIC Limited.Read more

HCT Group launches 2017 Social Impact Report

HCT Group - a social enterprise that reinvests the profits it makes from transport contracts back into high social impact transport services - has released their 2017 Social Impact Report.Read more

From Babies with Love wins Gold at the Junior Design Awards

From Babies with Love has won Gold for its Nautical Nesting Cubes toy at the Junior Design Awards, the most esteemed awards in family lifestyle.Read more

London's zero waste market prepares to open in Hackney

Bulk Market ® wants to bring a new way of shopping to London, where there is no surplus food to be binned and no packaging to be landfilled.Read more

Impact for Growth training open

The sign up window is now open for the next series of Impact for Growth training sessions, part of the Impact Management Programme.Read more

More Affordable Homes for Holsworthy after Second Impact Investment from Resonance

Another investment from Resonance’s Affordable Homes Rental Fund (AHRF) of £390,000 to Holsworthy Community Property Trust (HCPT) means five more affordable homes are available for local families to allow them to live in their own communities, further strengthening local networks.Read more

GLL acquires nine Fitness First gyms to grow national leisure coverage

GLL, the UK’s leading charitable leisure social enterprise, has completed the acquisition of nine Fitness First gyms, boosting the number of sports and leisure facilities it runs to over 250.Read more

Charity Bank’s loan book exceeds £100 million

Charity Bank, the ethical bank that uses savings to make loans to charities and social enterprises, today announced that its book of drawn loans has exceeded £100 million for the first time. The bank also shared details of its five most recent loans that helped it to reach this milestone.Read more

Thurrock Lifestyle Solutions CIC turns 10!

Thurrock Lifestyle Solutions CIC celebrates their 10th birthday.Read more

Investment Helps Karrek Community ‘Connect the Dots’ in Social Care Provision

Karrek Community CIC (“Karrek”) has received an investment of £50,000 from the Resonance Health & Wellbeing Challenge Fund, and impact investment fund focusing on social enterprises in the South West.Read more

Santander and Crowdfunder renew innovation partnership

Santander is renewing its innovative partnership with Crowdfunder to provide additional funding for social enterprises and community projects across the UK.Santander is renewing its innovative partnership with Crowdfunder to provide additional funding for social enterprises and community projects across the UK.Read more

Around £500,000 in grants awarded as part of NPC-led impact management programme

The NPC-led Impact Management Programme announces the eleven organisations, based across England and delivering a number of different services, that will receive almost £500,000 in grant funding through the Impact for Growth strand.Read more

Kent-based social enterprise lands multi-million pound Network Rail contract

Britain’s Bravest Manufacturing Company (BBMC), a Kent social enterprise, which directly employs British veterans and people with disabilities, has secured a multi-million pound contract with Network Rail, the UK’s largest railway owner.Read more

Social impact investment company Resonance publishes first annual social impact report for Resonance Bristol SITR Fund

Social impact investment company Resonance has published the first annual social impact report for the Resonance Bristol SITR Fund – the first impact investment Fund of its kind using Social Investment Tax Relief (SITR) to build a portfolio of investments into social enterprises in the region.Read more

Queen’s Birthday Honour for Fiona Jones, Bridges Self-Management Founder and CEO

Fiona Jones, Bridges Self-Management’s Founder and CEO, has been awarded an MBE in Her Majesty The Queen’s Birthday Honours 2017.Read more

Mydex CIC on G-Cloud 9 launches diverse portfolio with discovery options

Mydex CIC is delighted to announce that our application to the ninth iteration of the UK government’s G-Cloud Platform was successful. We are excited to share our increased, diverse portfolio for those buying services through G-Cloud.Read more

A year of specialist support with Cambridge Social Ventures incubator: deadline to apply 30th June

From fashion to farming, prosthetics to prisons, Cambridge Social Ventures helps entrepreneurs at all stages grow and scale up their social impact. Their programmes are designed for people who will drive their businesses forward to create real, scaleable, lasting change.Read more

Social Enterprise, Clarity, launches new eco-foaming hand wash

New Honey Blossom Eco Foaming Hand Wash from the Social Enterprise, CLARITY, is launched into large organisations and the government to support the employment of blind, disabled and otherwise disadvantaged people.Read more

Royal Forestry Society awards Gold to local woodland social enterprise, Hill Holt Wood

Hill Holt Wood, an environmental social enterprise based in Lincoln, has been awarded the Royal Forestry Society Award of Excellence (Gold) for the Study Programme.Read more

Most people in the UK interested in making their savings and investments do good, but are holding back

New research by Ethex shows that more than half of the eligible UK population is keen to make positive investments, but a lack of knowledge, understanding and confidence in what is on offer is holding them back.Read more

Family Friendly Employer Awards 2017 Now Open!

Organised by Employers For Childcare, the annual Awards are the perfect opportunity for businesses to showcase their commitment to helping employees achieve a balance between their work and family lives. Whether it’s through the provision of Childcare Vouchers, flexi-time or even an extra day off work the Awards recognise and reward those who go above and beyond legal requirements to provide and promote family friendly working practices.Read more

InterpreterNow can help businesses attract deaf customers and recruit and retain deaf employees

The UK is a vast and diverse market. The spending power of disabled people and their families is worth £212 billion. This includes deaf people who make up 1 in 7 of the population. InterpreterNow can help your business attract thousands of deaf customers and recruit and retain talented deaf employees.Read more

FRANK Water goes single-use plastic free and launches #PledgeToRefill campaign

Safe water charity and social enterprise FRANK Water has ended all production of its bottled spring water in single-use plastic bottles. It is the first UK bottled water company to end single-use plastic bottle production and switch to 100% environmentally sustainable solutions.Read more

GLL scoops two prizes at the 2017 Sporta Awards

GLL – the UK’s largest leisure charitable social enterprise, was among the big winners at the 2017 Sporta Awards. GLL picked up two prizes, with its Management Academy receiving the Workplace Development Award, while gymnastics coach Karen de Sa was named the winner in the Outstanding Individual Achievement category.Read more

HCT Group launches first Jersey Social Impact Report

HCT Group, the leading transport social enterprise, has released its first social impact report for its Jersey operation, LibertyBus.Read more

Purple Moon Drama - helping young people into the creative sector

Purple Moon Drama is a social enterprise that designs bespoke theatre facilitation programmes as a tool for self-development.Read more

Cafédirect aquires London Tea Company from Finlay Beverages Limited

Cafédirect plc (“Cafédirect”) has agreed, the purchase of The London Tea Company Limited (London Tea) from Finlay Beverages Limited. The acquisition of London Tea by Cafédirect adds a high quality range of 100% Fairtrade fruit, herbal and black teas, complimenting their existing portfolio of Cafédirect branded coffee, tea and hot chocolate products.Read more

GLL supports record breaking number of talented athletes to achieve sporting success

More than 2,500 talented young athletes from across the UK will benefit from a £1,400,000 fund – thanks to charitable social enterprise GLL. The athletes will be supported through the ground breaking GLL Sport Foundation (GSF), the largest independent athlete support programme in the UK.Read more

Cosmopolitan launch Home, Made campaign in collaboration with Dot Dot Dot

Cosmopolitan magazine has launched their Home, Made campaign with an exciting new initiative in collaboration with social enterprise Dot Dot Dot. It offers young women the opportunity to live in London who would otherwise face being priced out due to high rental prices.Read more

Chalkhill Community Trust Fund announces latest funding grants open

The Chalkhill Community Trust Fund is happy to announce that the latest grant funding round is now open and will be accepting new applications from organisations, community groups and individuals. The deadline for applications to be received is 5pm, 19th May 2017.Read more

Belu honoured with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in sustainable development

On Her Majesty the Queen’s birthday, Belu has announced that it has been presented with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Development. This prestigious award recognises outstanding business achievement by UK organisations.Read more

OneSqin goes live

OneSqin CIC is a new social enterprise, and the world's first business to donate 100% of profits to charities that get girls in need into life-changing education. Founded by luxury asset manager Neil Richmond FRSA and former superyacht captain Sinisa Jovic, OneSqin manufactures and sells premium quality, 100% natural skin cream and certified organic cotton tampons.Read more

First Steps in Social Enterprise for BME Women 2017

First Steps In Social Enterprise is a 12 week training & support programme for Women from minority/migrant backgrounds with a social enterprise idea or people with a social enterprise idea that is migrant/minority led or benefits a minority/migrant community.Read more

Visionary device scoops £20,000 award

An innovative device which will improve the quality of life of thousands of people with double vision has received £20,000 after winning a top award. Social Enterprise UK member the Beacon Centre and the University of Wolverhampton joined forces to offer the 2017 Beacon Visionary Challenge Award.Read more

Belu launches new impact report

On World Water Day, social enterprise Belu announce they've donated £2,200,075.46 to WaterAid transforming 146,671 lives with access to clean water and sanitation.Read more

Fair for You launch third social impact report

Fair for You launches third social impact report showing how it's providing alternatives to high cost credit. The report published by the Centre for Responsible Credit (‘CfRC’) illustrates the huge social benefits which could be achieved if Government were to widen the availability of affordable, not for profit, alternatives to high cost credit.Read more

Emily Roux collaborates with Elysia to create food-waste recipe

Talented chef Emily Roux has collaborated with food-waste start-up Elysia to create a delicious tartine, made entirely with high-quality surplus food, which would otherwise have become food waste.Read more

Campaign to get people to transfer their Cash ISA to an ethical provider

Charity Bank have launched an exciting new campaign to persuade the public to transfer their Cash ISA to an ethical provider.Read more

Jericho Foundation Announces Big Lottery Fund Grant for Modern Slavery Project

The Jericho Foundation is delighted to announce it has received £314,000 from the Big Lottery Fund, and a further £128,000 of matched funding from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, to support its “Labour for Change” Project to benefit the victims of modern slavery.Read more