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Social Enterprise UK is a world-leading provider of research, networking and consultancy for social enterprise – good business for a better world


about Social Enterprise UK

Have you ever bought the Big Issue? Read it over a bar of Divine chocolate? 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 businesses that trade to tackle social problems, improve communities, people’s life chances, or the environment.  They make their money from selling goods and services in the open market, but they reinvest their profits back into the business or the local community.  And so when they profit, society profits.   Social enterprises do not make profits for shareholders (because they don’t have any) or exist to make their owners very wealthy.

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.

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  • The professionalism of the team, and what SEL provides the sector, is superb. I have recommended many aspiring social entrepreneurs to make SEL their first port of call.

    Troy Trewin
    CEO, Responsible IT CIC
  • Being on the SEL website has been most helpful for LEYF and led us to connecting with Canadians, Koreans, Europeans and colleagues far and wide which meant that the social enterprise childcare web have woven its connecting strands far and wide

    June O'Sullivan
    Chief Executive of London Early Years Foundation
  • Just checked out the new SEL website and it is absolutely fantastic. A job extremely well done – what a talented team!

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