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

Founded in 2003 by Baroness Thornton, it is chaired by Alex Sobel 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 the how social enterprises can work to rehabilitate former members of the armed forces. 

Current APPG Officers and Members


Chair: Alex Sobel MP (Labour)

(Hon Sec): Baroness Glenys Thornton (Labour)

Baroness Barker (LibDem)

John Howell OBE MP (Conservative)

Sir Peter Bottomley MP (Conservative)

Baroness Liz Barker (LibDem)

Lord John Bird (Crossbencher)

Active Members

(Members of either House who have attended APPG meetings or who have indicated that they wish to remain on the mailing list)

Bambos Charalambous MP (Labour)

Ruth Cadbury MP (Labour)

Brendan O’Hara MP (SNP)

Agendas and Minutes from Previous Meetings

Wednesday 6 September 2017



Former Minister for Civil Society, Rob Wilson MP at the APPG on Social Enterprise 

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

Find out more about becoming an Social Enterprise UK member from just £75 a year.

APPG Enquiries 

To enquire about the APPG, please email or telephone 020 3589 4950.

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.

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