For social enterprises

With an ever-expanding membership of well over a thousand – we’re the largest social enterprise network in the UK. From building markets for social enterprises to large scale public facing campaigns such as Social Saturday, we exist to amplify the voice of our members and get social enterprise on the radars of decision makers across sectors. As well as operating nationally we have a strong regional presence in communities through our Social Enterprise Places Programme. Our members can get involved in all aspects of our work and are at the heart of everything we do. To find out more about joining us as click here.

Working with business

All businesses regardless of their set up have a role to play in creating a fairer, more sustainable world. We’ve got years of expertise partnering with some of the UK’s biggest businesses helping them find social enterprises suppliers. Last year we launched the ground-breaking Buy Social Corporate Challenge, which has seen seven leading corporates commit to spend £1 billion with the sector by 2020. We believe that businesses can use the money they already spend through their procurement practices to transform lives. To find out more how your business can get involved click here.

Working with the public sector 

59% of social enterprises do business with the public sector and embracing social enterprises can lead to real benefits to your community. We work with local authorities, CCGs and other public bodies to enable them to use their commissioning power to buy from social enterprises. Doing so can reduce inequalities, keep spend local and save money. We were the driving force behind the Social Value Act and can work with you to build your social value priorities. We also have a strong track record working with housing associations to help them maximise their own social value. To find our more click here.

Our Strategy

We have three main workstreams - Buy Social, Social Value and our Social Enterprise Places programme all of which aim to build markets and support social enterprises at a national and local level. Our members sit at the centre of our what we do.  To find out more about our strategy click here