Social Enterprise UK 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.

With a boom of these new start up social enterprises, an increasing consensus that mutual models can rebalance our economy and deliver inclusive growth, and the never-more urgent need of the social enterprise model across the world, SEUK’s new membership model will strengthen the collective voice of the sector, build the research base and support a bigger mandate for social and economic change.

From Wednesday 7 March membership for all social enterprises with a turnover of less than £100,000 will be free.

SEUK will also be enhancing and consolidating its membership offer for larger social enterprises who will now benefit from more exclusive offers, more opportunities to contribute to policy and lobbying work, as well as more practical support.

Commenting on the changes and welcoming potential new members, Peter Holbrook CEO of SEUK said:

“Today we’re calling on all social enterprises to join our movement. The country’s current economic model is broken but together we can use our collective voice and mandate to bring about the change that is so desperately needed.

Increasingly more and more people recognise that social enterprise must be the future of business, we are seeing more and more CICs, community businesses, mutuals and co-ops emerge. Our message is that together we are much more powerful than we can ever be alone –  our country and our world is crying out for economic models that nourish and support our communities rather than extract wealth and exploit. We are building a powerful movement and we need more of you involved”.  

Liz Minns, SEUK head of membership said:

“SEUK’s new membership model will remove barriers to entry for those at the start of their journey and expanding our network will enable us to help amplify the voice of the sector. Together we will push for a fairer and more equitable world. We can achieve so much together, and we look forward to you joining us.”

Notes to Editors

More information about SEUK’s new membership offer can be found at

For more information, contact the Social Enterprise UK press office: or 020 3589 4959.

About Social Enterprise UK

We are the largest network of certified social enterprises in the UK and the leading global authority on social enterprise business models and the policy environments which help deliver inclusive growth. Together with our members we are the voice for the future of business. We raise awareness through our advocacy and campaigns and build the evidence base for social enterprises through our research. We have led public policy for 15 years, helping pass the Social Value Act, and act as a strategic partner to governments from across the political spectrum. We exist to increase the profile of the sector and to develop supportive ecosystems and the markets for social enterprises -We work with some of the UK’s biggest companies to support them to expand their social impact and sustainability. Our members reflect the diversity of the sector ranging from local grass-roots organisations to multi-billion-pound businesses.