The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for 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 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)

Lord Victor Adebowale (Crossbencher)

Lord John Bird (Crossbencher)

Charles Courtenay, 19th Earl of Devon (Crossbencher)

Baroness Liz Barker (LibDem)

Harriet Baldwin MP (Conservative)

John Howell OBE MP (Conservative)

Sir Peter Bottomley MP (Conservative)

Alex Davies-Jones MP (Labour)

Current Areas of Focus

APPG Inquiry into the impact of COVID on social enterprises

Launch & First Evidence session – 10th June 2021

If you would like to attend please email

Opening up digital marketplaces for social enterprises: A discussion in association with eBay, SEUK, UnLtd and WFTO

A virtual meeting will be held on 29th June 2021: 10 – 11.30am 

If you would like to attend please email

APPG Enquiries 

To enquire about the APPG, please email or telephone 020 3589 4953.

Attendance to the APPG meetings is 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 a Social Enterprise UK member 

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.