We help businesses connect with social enterprise, to help them develop programmes to support the social enterprise sector or by advising them on how to get more social enterprises into their supply chains.

We work with household names including PwC, Wates Group, Johnson & Johnson, Santander and many others.

Supply chains and procurement 

An increasing number of organisations are 'buying social' and bringing social enterprises into their supply chains. Just like having a carbon footprint, each organisation has a social footprint, and any organisation can take simple steps to improve theirs.

From catering, cleaning, floristry, mailing services, printers, designers, researchers, office supplies and furniture to manufacturers of all kinds of goods – you name it, there will be a social enterprise that supplies it. Our flagship programme, the Buy Social Corporate Challenge is a great way of getting involved in this.

We’ve also conducted more bespoke supply chain work helping Wates establish their Social Enterprise Brokerage (which has now spent over £10m with social enterprises) and creating Johnson & Johnson’s Social Impact through Procurement programme.

Our guide to supply chains provides more information for those interested in buying goods and services from the UK's social enterprise sector.

Corporate partners launching the Corporate Challenge at Number 11 Downing St 

Social value

The Social Value Act requires all public bodies in England, including local authorities, to consider how the services they commission and procure might improve the economic, social and environmental well-being of the area.

This legislation has implications for private sector businesses interested in delivering public services.

Social Enterprise UK works with and supports private firms keen to understand the Act and to explore how they can best deliver social value.

The Landmarc Difference

This research report carried out by Social Enterprise UK for Landmarc demonstrates how private businesses can respond to the Social Value Act by:

  • Thinking about the way they operate and how they work with the communities around them; and
  • How they report this in a transparent framework that helps them to measure both their impact and progress.

SEUK have also worked with large scale infrastructure projects like HS2 Limited to advise them on their social value policies, as well as helping bidders like Cofely and Wates to respond to social value requirements.

Social Impact Measurement 

SEUK have supported a number of organisations to look at the social impact they create, advising directly and through a range of partners. We helped Interserve to create their pioneering Social Value Mapping tool, consulting across the business to ensure the tool was fit for purpose. We also conducted the impact reporting for Deloitte’s Social Innovation Pioneers for all four years of the programme, starting with the Breaking New Ground Report. 

Social Enterprise UK can help private sector businesses with: 

  • Procurement / supply chain advice
  • Brokerage services to help you find social enterprise suppliers for all areas of your business
  • Social Value Act implementation

For more information email Charlie Wigglesworth