What is a social enterprise?

Business where society profits

Social enterprises are businesses that are changing the world for the better. Like traditional businesses they aim to make a profit but it’s what they do with their profits that sets them apart – reinvesting or donating them to create positive social change.

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The Buy Social Corporate Challenge

Our Corporate partners have told us that, aside from the social impact created through procuring from social enterprises, it has helped them to win business, engage their staff and also delivered in terms of quality and price.

The State of Social Enterprise report

Is the definitive guide to the state of the social enterprise sector in the UK containing data on turnover, scale, who social enterprises employ, where they operate, who they trade with, pay ratios and more. Published every two years it’s the place to go to for in-depth information on the sector.

About us – Social Enterprise UK’s vision is of a more equal society

We believe that social enterprise is our best chance of creating a fairer world and protecting the planet. We work with our members to raise awareness of social enterprise, build the evidence base for the sector, open up markets and build a positive regulatory and policy environment in which social enterprises can thrive.