Press releases

Creating a Social Enterprise Hive

Social Enterprise UK along with The School for Social Entrepreneurs, CAN and the Impact Hub Kings Cross are hoping to secure the long-term future of the social enterprise movement here in London.Read more

SEUK's response to the Thomson Reuters Foundation latest research on the best places to be a social entrepreneur

Peter Holbrook, Chief Executive, Social Enterprise UK responds to the Thomson Reuters Foundation latest research on the best places to be a social entrepreneur, citing lack of government support as a reason the UK has dropped from third to thirteenth position.Read more

Statement on Boris Johnson becoming Prime Minister

Our statement to the new PM calling him to move responsibility for social enterprises from the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to the Department for Business.Read more

Social enterprises critical to solving UK public sector productivity crisis

A new report reveals that staff-owned social enterprises, also called “public service mutuals”, hold the key to solving the UK public sector’s productivity crisis.Read more

SEUK welcomes new Institute for Impact Investing

Our statement welcoming the new Institute for Impact Investing.Read more

Revolution in procurement driving higher economic growth says report

SEUK's new report, Front and Centre – Putting Social Value at the Heart of Inclusive Growth, has found that local councils are increasingly using procurement as a way to drive higher economic growth.Read more

SAP backs social enterprises through £2 trillion procurement platform

Partnership 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.Read more

Buy Social Corporate Challenge celebrates 3 years and growing trade for social enterprises

Achieving 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.Read more

Global developer Lendlease joins the Buy Social Corporate Challenge

Lendlease 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.Read more

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 the Business Development Team, she will be leading on the SEUK’s corporate market building work which includes the Buy Social Corporate Challenge, an initiative seeing some of the UK’s biggest businesses open up their supply chains to social enterprises.Read more

Social enterprise at the heart of Labour’s economic policy making says Shadow Business Secretary

Rebecca 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.Read more

Social Enterprise UK welcomes NHS Long Term Plan but calls for wider reform of economy to support a healthier society

Social 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.Read more

Social enterprises winning public sector contracts falls to lowest level for two years finds new research

Analysis 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.Read more

Over two thirds of Brits would consider buying a gift with a positive social or environmental impact this Christmas

In the run up to Christmas SEUK commissioned some polling to gauge the country's mood when it comes to making ethical purchasing decisions over the festive period. The polling was used to promote our Christmas Gift Guide.Read more

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.Read more

SEUK response to the 2018 Budget

Our Chief Executive Peter Holbrook responds to the 2018 Budget.Read more

Government must harness the power of social enterprise to make UK competitive and inclusive finds new research.

The 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.Read more

SEUK response to the Civil Society Strategy

Comment from SEUK CEO, Peter Holbrook and Board Member, Chris White on the publication of the Civil Society Strategy.Read more

Government’s failure to diversify public procurement risks creating future Carillions, says Social Enterprise UK

Social Enterprise UK’s 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.Read more

SEUK welcomes new Secretary of State at DCMS

Our 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.Read more

NHS Pay Deal - Social Enterprise UK response

Through 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.Read more

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.Read more

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.Read more

SEUK statement on the NHS pay deal

Our Chair, Lord Victor Adebowale sets out our concerns around the proposed funding route for the NHS pay deal which, as it stands, does not cover social enterprises providing NHS services.Read more

Author of Social Value Act joins Social Enterprise UK Board

Chris White, author of the Social Value Act and former MP for Warwick and Leamington has joined the Social Enterprise UK Board.Read more

"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

Our response to the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Matt Hancock's speech on the Civil Society Strategy which makes positive statements on social value but is short on ambition in recognising the potential of social enterprise.Read more

SEUK Response to the New Action Plan for the VCSE Review

Our response on the publication of the new action plan for the VCSE Review.Read more

NatWest announced as new principal supporter of the Social Enterprise Places Programme, supporting the growth and development of social enterprises

We are delighted to announce NatWest as the principal supporter for the Social Enterprise Places Programme, our ground-breaking programme recognising those areas using social enterprise to transform their local communities.Read more

£45 million 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.Read more

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.Read more

SEUK announces membership relaunch including free membership for start-ups and smaller social enterprises

SEUK 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.Read more

SEUK response to the call for evidence for the Civil Society Strategy

Our response to the Call for Evidence for the Civil Society Strategy announced by the Government on 27 February.Read more

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.Read more

Social Enterprises Impact Gender Inequality, Poverty and Employment Diversity – But Need Help to Survive in Post-Brexit Britain, New Report Reveals

‘Trading for Good’ 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.Read more

Social Enterprise UK expands its team

Social 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.Read more

Social Enterprise UK response to the Government’s dormant asset distribution

Our response to the Government's announcement that £330 million is to be unlocked from dormant accounts to tackle societal challenges.Read more

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.Read more

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.Read more

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

Our response to the Industrial Strategy.Read more

SEUK response to the 2017 Budget

Peter Holbrook replies to the 2017 Budget.Read more

Nick Temple, Deputy CEO of SEUK, has been appointed new Chief Executive of Social Investment Business (SIB)

Nick Temple, Deputy CEO of Social Enterprise UK, has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of Social Investment Business (SIB). He will be leaving Social Enterprise UK at the end of December to take up his new position at SIB in January 2018.Read more

Social Enterprise UK report lifts the lid on the future of British business

A major new report into how business is conducted in the UK today reveals the continued growth of the Social Enterprise movement.Read more

Business and civil society leaders form partnership to tackle societal challenges

Leaders from business and civil society organisations have come together to create an Inclusive Economy Partnership that will tackle significant challenges facing our society.Read more

Developing a social enterprise hive for London

Social Enterprise UK has had a long-held ambition to acquire a building that can help bring the concept of social enterprise to life for members of the public, potential supporters and our broader range of stakeholders.Read more

SEUK's response to the Queen's Speech

Our response to the June 2017 Queen's Speech.Read more

We welcome Tracey Crouch MP as new Sports and Civil Society Minister

Our CEO, Peter Holbrook, welcomes the appointment of the new Sports and Civil Society Minister Tracey Crouch MP.Read more

SEUK Patron Michael Sheen writes open letter to all candidates standing for office at the June General Election

Michael Sheen, Patron of Social Enterprise UK pens an open letter, addressed to all candidates standing for office at the June General Election, urging them to support a social economy.Read more

Only a minority of NHS commissioners making active use of Social Value Act

New research conducted by ourselves and National Voices found that only 13% of Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) can clearly show that they are actively committed to pursuing social value in their procurement and commissioning decisions.Read more

Buy Social Corporate Challenge one year on

The Buy Social Corporate Challenge, launched at Downing Street last year, is celebrating its one year anniversary. This ground-breaking initiative is seeing some of the UK’s largest businesses use their spending power to effect positive change in communities, both in the UK and abroad by committing to collectively spend £1 billion with social enterprises by 2020.Read more

Taking back control – The Social Economy Alliance launches a manifesto for an inclusive economy

The Social Economy Alliance, representing hundreds of social enterprises, co-operatives, charities, investors, entrepreneurs, trusts and associations has launched its manifesto for the General Election.Read more

Social Enterprise UK statement on snap General Election

Our response to the announcement of the General Election to be held in June 2017.Read more

Michael Sheen joins Social Enterprise UK as Patron

Actor and social activist Michael Sheen will be joining Social Enterprise UK as patron and supporter, working with the organisation to promote and champion social enterprise models that can help tackle our most pressing challenges.Read more

Social Enterprise UK's response to the Budget

Our response to the 2017 Spring Budget which contained some welcome news but which failed to deliver the radical change the economy needs.Read more

Social Enterprise UK’s response to the Industrial Strategy

Our response to the Green Paper on the Industrial Strategy.Read more

Lord Victor Adebowale CBE announced as new Chair of Social Enterprise UK

Lord Victor Adebowale CBE has been named new Chair of Social Enterprise UK, the national body for social enterprises.Read more

SEUK's New Year wishlist for Government

Peter Holbrook's New Year wishlist for Government Departments on how they can best support social enterprises and the wider social economy.Read more