A Social Enterprise Mark designed to make social businesses recognisable is being rolled out to other areas of the UK after a year-long trial in south-west England.
Rise, the regional group for social enterprises in the south west, which ran the trial, has entered into partnerships with other regional bodies, including those covering Scotland and Wales, to make the mark available to local firms.
"The level of interest has been extremely high," said Paula Howley, director of enterprise and projects at Rise. "Social enterprises that have used the mark have been very pleased with the response that they've had."
She said it allowed social enterprises to identify one another, to collaborate more easily and to source supplies from one another.
To be able to use the mark, an organisation must prove it generates half its income from trading and that its legal structure requires it to invest its profits for social or environmental benefits.