“Have you ever bought the Big Issue? Read it over a bar of Divine chocolate with a cup of Cafe Direct coffee? Watched Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen? Visited the Eden Project? Shopped at the Co-op?
Well, then you already know a bit about social enterprises: businesses that are changing the world for the better. Social enterprises are in our communities and on our high streets – from coffee shops and cinemas, to pubs and leisure centres, banks and bus companies”.
– Social Enterprise UK
Social enterprises are businesses that trade to tackle social problems, strengthen communities or improve the environment. They aim to generate most of their income through selling goods and services, reinvesting the majority of their profits to further their mission. Read more
The best government data estimates that there are approximately 70,000 social enterprises in the UK contributing £18.5 billion to the UK economy (based upon 2012 Small Business Survey, 2013) and employing almost a million people. SEUK published in ‘The People’s Business’ which reveals a thriving social enterprise sector in the UK that is attracting a wave of entrepreneurs and out-performing mainstream business. Read more
Brighton and Hove has a national reputation for creative thinking and groundbreaking initiatives. In October 2007 we were acknowledged as the UK’s most sustainable city in Forum for the Future’s Sustainable Cities Index, ranking top of the country’s 20 largest cities according to three criteria – our ‘environmental impact’, ‘quality of life’ and ‘future proofing’. Read more