Welcome to this September edition of our monthly member newsletter! As we enter what is arguably our busiest time of year the SEUK Comms team is busy focusing on delivering our biggest public facing campaign – Social Saturday.

Social Saturday 2018 is on 13 October and, as in previous year’s, it’s aim is simple – to showcase the incredible impact of the social enterprise movement and to urge consumers to use their spending power and #BuySocial. The theme of this year’s campaign is Equality through Business – we know that social enterprises are using business to build a fairer world and we want to make some noise about it!

We cannot run this campaign without our members and it is very much a member-led initiative. Whether it’s setting up pop-up markets, inviting local MPs to come and visit, putting on a networking event or getting featured on local news and radio – SEUK members are at the heart of the campaign. We’ll be working hard to focus attention on the wider social enterprise sector but it is in local events, news and activity where Social Saturday has the most impact, bringing together communities to show the impact of social enterprises in their areas.

So, if you’ve got something planned – let us know. Email the details of your event to [email protected] along with a picture and we’ll place you on our Social Saturday map. Equally if you’re not putting on an event but are open to the public, we’re keen to feature you as well. Remember, Social Saturday has a deceptive name and activity need not be restricted to the Saturday itself, with events taking place throughout the preceding week (starting from Monday 8 October).

You can find ideas, template press releases, social media content and more on the Social Saturday website – www.socialsaturday.org.uk We’re looking forward to seeing what you’ve got planned.
We spent last week up in Edinburgh at the Social Enterprise World Forum and have come back re-energised and inspired after meeting social entrepreneurs from across the globe. The Forum showed the power and potential of social enterprises as a global movement which is really going places. We now need to do more to really shift the narrative around the economy to make sure that social enterprises are viewed as central to a sustainable, equitable economic model.

If social enterprises are the future of business then students, as the workforce of the future, will be vital in helping create this shift. The latest Millennial Attitudes Survey published by Deloitte confirmed what we pretty much knew already – that young people are fed up of business as usual and have lost their faith in the ability of big business to deliver for people and planet. We need to make the case for the social enterprise alternative and push all businesses to work with and learn from our movement. To tap into this appetite for change, we’ve put together a petition from students, aimed at the FTSE 350, please do share!
Keep us in the loop regarding what you’ve got lined up for Social Saturday and thank you for all that you do.


Shehan Perera
Communications and Marketing Officer
Social Enterprise UK