Social Enterprise Advisory Panel

The Social Enterprise Advisory Panel (SEAP) is an SEUK initiative to collect data from social enterprises in a regular and light-touch way.

The SEAP involves a short regular survey of social enterprises (and support organisations) providing information about their needs, issues and positive impacts.

This data is used to influence policymakers, inform useful product and service delivery, promote social enterprise in the media and general public and drive more relevant investment and funding.

Want to participate?

Join and make sure your voice is heard too.

Click here to take part in June’s survey.

You can also register for the Panel by emailing our Director of Research, Emily Darko at –

If you respond to the survey, we’re delighted to be able to include you in our Prize Draw for a £75 Social Supermarket voucher!

Want to fund questions or investigate a topic?

The SEAP is jointly funded by organisations that both support the initiative generally and who pay for specific questions to be asked to the panel. All questions must support social enterprises in some capacity.

If you are interested to support the project and/or to ask questions via the Panel, please get in touch.

Want to access data?

Our GDPR-compliant data is not open-source but we are keen to discuss opportunities for researchers and academics to analyse findings and maximise their value for our members.

Please contact our Director of Research to discuss:

Social Enterprise Advisory Panel: May 2021

The May SEAP survey, as well as looking at the overall health of the sector, explored in more depth social enterprises and the environment and how the sector is tackling the climate emergency. It also focused on social enterprises as employers asking questions on issues such as equal parental leave, staff well-being and the 4-day working week.Read more

Social Enterprise Advisory Panel: April 2021

This short survey looked at the growth expectations of social enterprises, how they are addressing the social issue of racism, and how they have worked and will work in the future due to the pandemic.Read more

Social Enterprise Advisory Panel: March 2021

This short survey looked specifically at social enterprise reactions to the March 2021 UK government budget announcements.Read more

Social Enterprise Advisory Panel: February 2021

February’s survey reiterates the amazing role social enterprises are playing in building a fairer and happier economy. It shows businesses showing better expectations of growth and a sector already playing a big part in the COVID recovery.Read more

Social Enterprise Advisory Panel: January 2021

The first SEAP of 2021 looked at the health of the sector at the start of the new year, the key challenges social enterprises are facing and their hopes for the year ahead. It also asked questions on Brexit and the changing nature of work with regards to office working.Read more

Social Enterprise Advisory Panel: November 2020

The fifth SEAP survey looked at the health of the sector over the month of November when England entered its second national lockdown. It asked social enterprises about the impact of the pandemic on jobs and income as well as what the ongoing crisis means for any expectations of growth. It also asked participants about their views on business rates and how social enterprises are ‘greening’ their businesses.Read more

SEAP - You Said, We Did

This paper sets out how we’ve used information you’ve provided in the initial four Social Enterprise Advisory Panel (SEAP) surveys between May and October 2020 and the changes we’ve affected, and actions taken and planned.Read more

Social Enterprise Advisory Panel: October 2020

The fourth SEAP survey looked at what effect the new wave of local lockdowns and restrictions are having on social enterprises, the mental health implications of the pandemic, data collection and the wider health of the sector.Read more

Social Enterprise Advisory Panel: September 2020

The third SEAP looked at how social enterprises are adapting to the pandemic six months on. It shows a sector in change, continuing to support the most vulnerable and continuing to innovate.Read more

Social Enterprise Advisory Panel: August 2020

The second report from the SEAP looked at how social enterprises are using Government and other support launched in June/July. It also looks at the resilience of social enterprises in the face of ongoing uncertainty.Read more

Social Enterprise Advisory Panel: June 2020 Highlights

Finding from the first survey which looked in depth at the support available for social enterprise through COVID-19.Read more