Here you’ll find our most recent press releases keeping you up to date with our latest news, responses to events affecting the sector and our latest research. To view all of our press releases click here.


SEUK welcomes new Institute for Impact Investing - Our statement welcoming the new Institute for Impact Investing

Revolution in procurement driving higher economic growth says reportA new report, Front and Centre – Putting Social Value at the Heart of Inclusive Growth, launched today (21 May 2019) by Social Enterprise UK has found that local councils are increasingly using procurement as a way to drive higher economic growth.

SAP backs social enterprises through £2 trillion procurement platformPartnership with Social Enterprise UK to open up annual transaction value of £65 billion in the UK and help corporate buyers spend better with social enterprises.

Buy Social Corporate Challenge celebrates 3 years and growing trade for social enterprisesAchieving an impressive £65.2 million in cumulative spend since launched, the Corporate Challenge has seen a wave of new businesses sign up this year: ENGIE, Lendlease, Nationwide, SAP and Willmott Dixon.

Global developer Lendlease joins the Buy Social Corporate ChallengeLendlease is the latest business to sign-up to the Buy Social Corporate Challenge – a ground-breaking initiative seeing leading companies aim to cumulatively spend £1 billion with social enterprises.

Jennifer Exon joins Social Enterprise UK as Director of Business and Enterprise - Jennifer Exon will be joining Social Enterprise UK (SEUK) as its Director of Business and Enterprise, heading up our business development team

Social enterprise at the heart of Labour’s economic policy making says Shadow Business SecretaryRebecca Long-Bailey, the Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, told a summit on the future of business that Labour would be putting social enterprise at the heart of its economic policy making.

Social Enterprise UK welcomes NHS Long Term Plan but calls for wider reform of economy to support healthier societySocial Enterprise UK welcomes the NHS’s new Long Term Plan which calls on the NHS to continue to work with social enterprises who are leading innovators in community health care.


Social enterprises winning public sector contracts falls to lowest level for two years finds new researchAnalysis by Tussell on behalf of Social Enterprise UK on public sector contracts awarded to Community Interest Companies (CICs) has found the number of social enterprises winning contracts has fallen to its lowest level for two years.

Over two thirds of Brits would consider buying a gift with a positive social or environmental impact this Christmas - Polling carried out for SEUK showed that the majority of Brits would consider buying ethically at Christmas

SEUK response to resignation of Tracey Crouch MP Our response to the news that Tracey Crouch MP, the Minister for Sport and Civil Society has resigned. 

SEUK response to the 2018 budgetOur Chief Executive Peter Holbrook responds to the 2018 Budget.

Government must harness the power of social enterprise to make UK competitive and inclusive finds new researchThe value of the social enterprise sector has been found to be significantly underestimated at £24 billion with new research showing its real contribution is £60 billion. Evidence shows social enterprises are performing better economically than traditional firms and that the sector employs 1 in 20 people, accounting for 3% of GDP – three times larger than agriculture and as big as creative services.

SEUK response to the Civil Society StrategyComment from SEUK CEO, Peter Holbrook and Board Member, Chris White on the publication of the Civil Society Strategy.

Government’s failure to diversify public procurement risks creating future Carillions, says Social Enterprise UK - Our analysis of data provided by Tussell on public sector contracts awarded to Community Interest Companies (CICs) has found that despite government’s commitment to opening up public sector contracts to a range of providers there has been little increase since 2016.

SEUK welcomes new Secretary of State at DCMSOur response to the news that the Rt Hon Jeremy Wright MP has been named Secretary of State at DCMS and that the Rt Hon Matt Hancock has moved to the Department of Health and Social Care.

NHS Pay Deal - Social Enterprise UK responseThrough the hard work of our members and our team we have helped secure NHS Equal Pay for some of our members who would have been adversely affected by the new NHS pay deal.

Great to see a positive commitment to the Act but further clarity needed Chris White, author of the Social Value Act and our Chair, Lord Victor Adebowale gives their thoughts on the Act's extension.

SEUK's response to Government's announcement to strengthen Social Value Act - Our response to the announcement from Cabinet Office Minister, David Lidington that the Government will strengthen the Social Value Act, something SEUK has long been campaigning on. 

SEUK response to the Prime Minister's Round-table on Social Enterprise The Prime Minister is hosting a round-table featuring leading social enterprises. Here's our response. 

"More of the same from a Government that is increasingly looking bereft of good ideas" - Our response to Matt Hancock's speech on the Civil Society Strategy 

SEUK Response to the New Action Plan for the VCSE Review - Our response to  publication of the new action plan for the VCSE Review, in which Simon Stevens, the CEO of NHS England, called for greater use of the Social Value Act

NatWest announced as new principle supporter of the Social Enterprise Places Programme, supporting the growth and development of social enterprisesWe are delighted to announce NatWest as the principle supporter for the Social Enterprise Places Programme, our ground-breaking programme recognising those areas using social enterprise to transform their local communities.

45million spent by corporates on social enterprises to change lives for marginalised communities - More than £45 million has been spent by UK Corporates on social enterprises, according to a new report from Social Enterprise UK (SEUK), on its pioneering initiative, the Buy Social Corporate Challenge, which is changing lives by redirecting Corporate supply chain spend into businesses which deliver social impact for some of the most deprived communities in the UK and around the world.

A new partnership between Zepbrook wholesalers and Social Enterprise UK is making it possible for businesses in London to help provide employment for the homeless with their coffee orders - The new Buy Social range from Zepbrook allows their customers to place orders for social enterprise products tackling a wide range of issues both in the UK and abroad.

“We are much more powerful than we can ever be alone” – Social Enterprise UK announces membership relaunch including free membership for start-ups and smaller social enterprises SocialEUK 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.

SEUK response to the call for evidence for the Civil Society StrategyOur response to the Call for Evidence for the Civil Society Strategy announced by the Government on 27 February.

SEUK welcomes Claire Dove as the the Crown Representative for the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Sector Our patron and former Chair, Claire Dove OBE DL, has been appointed as the Crown Representative for the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Sector.

Social Enterprises Impact Gender Inequality, Poverty and Employment Diversity – But Need Help to Survive in Post-Brexit Britain, New Report Reveals - Our ‘Trading for Good’ report shows the important impact social enterprises are having on some of the poorest communities in the UK and calls for more to be done to encourage Government, funders and the public to ensure social enterprises are supported.

Social Enterprise UK expands its teamSocial Enterprise UK is expanding its team welcoming Dr Claire Mansfield, as director of research, and Professor Jo Pritchard MBE, as director of health and social care.

SEUK response to the Government’s dormant asset distributionOur response to the Government's announcement that £330 million is to be unlocked from dormant accounts to tackle societal challenges


Charlie Wigglesworth confirmed as New Deputy CEO for Social Enterprise UK We are delighted to announce that Charlie Wigglesworth will take on the role of Deputy CEO at Social Enterprise UK from the beginning of January 2018

Government missing a trick with £243bn public sector spending by not addressing procurement in Industrial Strategy In a report written with the author of the Social Value Act, we call on the Act to be extended to all public sector expenditure 

A step forward, not a step change - Response to the Industrial Strategy Our response to the Industrial Strategy