As at September 2017, nine percent of small businesses were social enterprises. There are a staggering 2m people employed by social enterprises in the UK alone. They clearly make a difference to the economy too, worth £60bn to the UK GDP.
How you can support a social enterprise
Firstly check out www.socialenterprise.org.uk and take a browse on the many companies listed.
Consider, especially with Christmas on the horizon, purchasing gifts through a social enterprise business. Here are just a few:
Organic Baby Clothes
Donates 100% of its profits to orphaned and abandoned children around the world.
The Soap Co.
All products are handcrafted in the UK by people who are blind, disabled or otherwise disadvantaged.
Stand 4 Socks
For each pair sold, one thick antibacterial pair is donated to a homeless person.
Every bag you buy, one will be given to a child in care. These children quite often have to transport their belongings in a bin bag.
A few other, perhaps more well known social enterprise brands, include: The Big Issue, The Eden Project, Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen, Divine Chocolate, and Cafedirect.
Go on – make a difference!