Social Saturday is an annual campaign which inspires consumers to buy from social enterprises, businesses that put people and planet first.

The first Social Saturday in 2014 had cross-party support and was backed by the Prime Minister, David Cameron. Successive campaigns in 2015 and 2016 have reached consumers and MPs throughout the UK.

Social Saturday is a chance for social enterprises to shout out loud about the fantastic work they do and we encourage our members and the wider sector to put on events, open their doors and invite their local politicians to find out more about their work.

Since launching Social Saturday, awareness of social enterprise among the general public has risen from 37% to 51%. 

Social Saturday 2017 will take place on 14 October - we've got some great plans lined up so watch this space! Until then here are some highlights from previous campaigns. 

Social Saturday 2016 

Social Saturday 2016 took place on 15 October. These were some of the highlights.

  • Actor Michael Sheen and Comedian & Actor Chris Addison supported the day and met Social Enterprise UK members.
  • 17 MPs (from various political parties) visited social enterprises across the country, including Caroline Lucas (Co-Leader of the Green Party), Ed Vaisey, Conservative MP for Didcot and Wantage and Cat Smith, Labour MP for Lancaster and Fleetwood. 
  • Over 60 events took place across the UK, in places including Newcastle, Scarborough, Norwich, London, Bristol, Loughborough, Plymouth and Oxford. These ranged from woodland walks and community fun fairs to screen printing workshops and networking events. 
  • Peter Holbrook, CEO of Social Enterprise UK appeared on Sky Television news to kick start the day, and we secured bags of media coverage. 
  • #SocialSaturday2016 was trending on Twitter. 
  • Consumer facing social enterprises were featured in an online Buy Social Marketplace.

Michael Sheen and Chris Addison visited a social enterprise pop-up stall at London's iconic Borough Market. Michael also took part in a cookery demonstration with Chef Simon Boyle, Founder of social enterprise restaurant Brigade.