Social Enterprise Coalition becomes Social Enterprise UK

But Welsh and Scottish bodies say it should not represent itself as a UK-wide umbrella body for social enterprises

Social Enterprise UK
Social Enterprise UK

The Social Enterprise Coalition has changed its name to Social Enterprise UK, it announced today.

The umbrella body for the social enterprise sector also unveiled a new logo and visual identity for its website. It would not reveal the cost of the rebrand.

Celia Richardson, director of communications at Social Enterprise UK, said: "The Social Enterprise Coalition started up as a coalition of third sector organisations that were very successful at putting social enterprise on the political agenda – and the UK now has a thriving, growing movement that is gaining power, momentum and support.

"But ‘coalition’ no longer describes what we do. We’re not just a lobbying organisation. Lobbying and representation are still critically important, but we’re a broad outfit providing lots of services.

"We wanted a simple name that captures why we’re here and what we stand for."

However, John Bennett, chief executive of the Welsh Social Enterprise Coalition, said he felt Social Enterprise UK should not represent itself as an umbrella body for the whole of the UK.

"I don’t think the social enterprise coalition in England represents organisations in Wales," he said. "I’m not aware that they spoke to members in Wales about this change of name. The reality is that the majority of our members would say ‘we have our own coalition to represent us’."

Laurence Demarco, director of Senscot, the network for Scottish social entrepreneurs, said in an email bulletin in June that the English coalition should "think twice before implying that it represents Scotland".


Social Enterprise UK has also released a report into the state of social enterprise, which it said showed that 58 per cent of social enterprises grew last year, compared with 28 per cent of small and medium-sized enterprises.

The organisation carried out a survey of 865 social enterprises between January and March and compared the results with the small business survey 2010 run by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Fifty-seven per cent of social enterprises were predicting growth in the next 12 months, compared with 41 per cent of SMEs, Social Enterprise UK said.

The report, called Fightback Britain, also shows that 37 per cent of social enterprises reported trade with consumers as their main source of income, compared with only 18 per cent who reported trade with the government as their main source.

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