16 November is Social Enterprise Day a global day to raise awareness about the impact social enterprises are having around the world. 

To celebrate the day we're running our digital #WhoKnew campaign to give social enterprises the chance to shout out about the good work they're doing and the difference they're making in their communities and beyond. The day is all about highlighting the diversity in the sector and an opportunity for all social enterprises to take part in a public facing campaign. So whether you're working in social care, health, facilities management, leisure, construction or are selling consumer goods this is for you! 

How do I get involved?

Taking part in the campaign couldn't be easier. All you need to do is follow these steps: 

1. Download one of these signs and use it to tell the world something interesting about your social enterprise using #WhoKnew and #SocialEnterpriseDay. For example: 

#WhoKnew this GP surgery provides free healthcare to refugees #SocialEnterpriseDay

#WhoKnew this coffee is creating sustainable employment for the homeless #SocialEnterpriseDay

If you need the sign as an editable word document you can download that here.

2. Write out your message and take a photo! This can include the people that you work with, your staff team or a picture of the product or service you provide

3. Once you’ve taken your photo share it on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or whatever other platform you’re on at any point between Monday 13th November and Thursday 16th. Make sure however that you’re definitely sharing posts on the 16th.

4. Once you’ve taken your picture, take another one! There’s no limit to the amount of posts you can share.

5. Once taken the photo will be added to a global album hosted on Flickr and Facebook

If you need some inspiration see our photo album from last year. 

We're also encouraging people who love and buy from social enterprises to post pictures of their favourite social enterprise products or services on their social media feeds.


Sign up to the Social Enterprise Day Thunderclap to help us get the day trending on social media. 

Going International

This year we're working with Sociale Entreprenorer Danmark to spread the campaign across Europe. To find out more about the campaign internationally visit - http://xn--sociale-entreprenrer-rcc.dk/social-enterprise-day-2017-international.html 

Social Enterprise Day 2016

2016 was the first year we ran the #WhoKnew campaign and in total 270 organisations shared their pictures and stories online with photos coming in from leisure centres, bakeries, ethical lenders, bike shops, health and social care organisations, restaurants and much more. The campaign even went global with social enterprises getting involved from Vietnam, Sri Lanka and the United States.

Pictured: Comedian and Actor Chris Addison supporting Old Spike Roastery as part of the #WhoKnew campaign