To improve our understanding of social businesses and how we can best help them, we work with a number of partners in the sector.
Social Enterprise UK
Social Enterprise UK is the biggest network of social enterprises in the UK. Through partnerships, campaigning, research and networking, they support social businesses at a local and national level. We’re proud to support the Buy Social Corporate Challenge, and the sector research SEUK State of Social Enterprise Report 2021.
Buy Social Corporate Challenge
A simple initiative with a bold ambition: a group of high-profile businesses aims to collectively spend £1 billion with social enterprises through their procurement.
This challenge allows large businesses to develop a more strategic corporate social responsibility, aligned to their core operations. It gives companies the ability to positively transform lives using existing business spend.
Led by Social Enterprise UK, in partnership with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, the initiative was launched in Downing Street in April 2016. A package of support was created to help businesses understand their existing spend with social enterprises and maximise the opportunity to increase it. Read the Year 4 Corporate Buy Social Impact Report.
Supplier diversity and inclusion
We aim to do business with the most innovative, responsible, cost-competitive diverse suppliers – wherever in the world we do business. You can find out more about our supplier diversity here.
Social Enterprise Scotland
An independent, Scottish, membership-led organisation, Social Enterprise Scotland offers its members advice and information, and works with other organisations, local authorities and the government to champion and promote social business.
Social Business Development
We run mentoring and project-based work across our Eagle Labs and remotely, both virtually and through webinars, to help social businesses grow their impact.
We’re proud of our partnership with Ethical Angel, who has the technology to match our colleagues’ skills to causes they both care about and are best placed to impact. The engagement takes place remotely, providing the help your social business or charity needs to navigate these challenging times. If you have a project with specific outcomes which would help your social business or charity to pivot or scale in order to navigate these current challenges, please visit Ethical Angel to see what support you can get and register for this free service.