16 November 2017 was Social Enterprise Day, a global day to raise awareness about the impact social enterprises are having around the world. 

To celebrate the day we ran #WhoKnew – a digital 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 campaign was all about highlighting the diversity in the sector and was an opportunity for all social enterprises to take part in a public facing campaign.

Social enterprises who took part printed out a template poster and filled it in with messages about their business and its impact before posting it on social media. In total over 450 social enterprises took part in the campaign, nearly double the number that took part in 2016. The campaign had an approximate Twitter reach of 4.3 million on Social Enterprise Day. 

Going Global

For the 2017 campaign we worked in partnership with Sociale Entreprenorer Danmark and the British Council who promoted the campaign to a global audience. Social enterprises took part from Australia, Canada, Denmark, Ethiopia, Ghana, Greece, Iceland, Israel, Kenya, Latvia, Malaysia, Nepal, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Poland, Russia, Senegal, Sudan and Vietnam.

You can see some of the pictures from the day here.

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. 

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