This year's Movember was a time for social traders to seize new commercial opportunities to make money for men's health charities. Two Fingers Brewing Company craft beers were on sale in all sorts of new locations, including Jamie's Italian restaurants, throughout the month. All Two Fingers profits go to Prostate Cancer UK. We reckon many more social enterprises will be joining the Movember fun next year.
If wine is more your thing, you can look forward to the release next year of the first vintage sparkling wine made from London-grown grapes by the social enterprise Forty Hall Vineyard. The Enfield growers tell us the unseasonally warm autumn we've had this year is great news for the next vintage. Forty Hall is the first commercial-scale vineyard in London since the middle ages. Supported by a number of donors, it provides work, volunteering and healthy living opportunities for local people, and is well on its way to producing commercially available wines.
The next big Buy Social opportunity is, of course, Christmas. Social Enterprise UK is making it easy for shoppers to make a seasonal social impact this year with the launch of the website www.buysocialchristmas.org.uk, which was due to go live on 17 November. The site helps you do your shopping, decorating and cooking in ways that support the causes you care about. From chocolate to chandeliers, baby clothes to baubles, the site promotes businesses that trade for people and planet. What's not to like about that?
Celia Richardson is director of communications and policy at Social Enterprise UK