Social enterprise update: Peter Holbrook on Social Saturday

Plus: social enterprise cities, and a new trust to invest in community businesses

Peter Holbrook
Peter Holbrook

Social Saturday, delivered by SEUK in partnership with the Cabinet Office, will return this year on Saturday 10 October. The event, which encourages people to buy from social enterprises, is the perfect opportunity to showcase the outstanding work of the social economy. Organisations that participated last year reported increased sales and web visits. This day (as well as the run-up to it) provided a fantastic platform from which to gain local media traction.

The best bit of my job is the opportunity to get out of my office and spend time talking to our members about local issues. Last year, Bristol was certified as the UK's first Social Enterprise City, and I recently returned to assess the impact. In the coming months I'll be in Birmingham, Croydon, Cornwall and Gwynedd as they join Sunderland, Plymouth, Gateshead, Salford, Sunderland, Oxfordshire and Alston Moor as accredited Social Enterprise Places. We look forward to welcoming more SE Places in the coming year.

Welcome to The Power to Change, the trust that will invest in community businesses, and Access – The Foundation for Social Investment. Both of these organisations should present great opportunities for the sector. I'm sure that they will, particularly if they take some inspiration from the Alternative Commission on Social Investment. The commission has just reported its findings, and SEUK is supporting many of its conclusions and recommendations. The analysis and its findings are genuinely worthy of a read.

Peter Holbrook is chief executive of Social Enterprise UK

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