Buy Social

Buy Social in the window of the Government Department for Business, Innovation & Skills in London's Westminster

WHY THE BUY SOCIAL CAMPAIGN? 

The campaign started in November 2012. The first year sought to support ‘inter-trading’ and we're delighted to report that as a result there was a significant rise in the number of social enterprises buying from one another.

The second year will focus on supporting and encouraging the private sector to buy from social enterprises. Some forward thinking businesses are already doing this, including Wates, Landmarc and Deloitte - see the supply chain guide for more details.

Future campaign plans will support consumers, charities and universities to buy from social enterprises.

BADGE AND ANIMATION

We've designed a range of buy social materials to help encourage more people to buy from social enterprises, available for members to download for free.

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We've created an animation to show people how their consumer power and purchasing decisions can rebalance economic forces to put people and planet first. A quiet revolution is bubbling away and we want everyone to be a part of it.

Watch the full animation - narrated by John Bird, founder of The Big Issue.

Members and partners are welcome to host the video on their websites. Login to access the embed code.

SUPPLY CHAIN GUIDE

Here's a practical guide to 'buying social' for people working in large organisations. Whether you're in the private, public or voluntary sectors, why not help grow the positive impact your business or organisation has on society?

Download the free guide

DO A GREAT DEAL, BUY SOCIAL

Who do you go to for your printing needs? Your website design? What about your office cleaners, event caterers?

Bring social enterprises into your supply chain and do a great deal more. Social enterprises are the innovators, the job creators and the value generators in a sector that genuinely puts people and planet before profit.

SEUK members have exclusive use of the buy social logo. To request the design files, email fran.gorman@socialenterprise.org.uk

FIND A SOCIAL ENTERPRISE SUPPLIER 

There are a number of directories listing social enterprises based in the UK:

Social Enterprise UK is working with partners to create the largest directory of UK social enterprises to make it easier for buyers across the private and public sectors to buy social. To find out more email business@socialenterprise.org.uk

TWEET + WE'LL HELP YOU FIND A SOCIAL ENTERPRISE

At SEUK we know lots of social enterprises, so whether you need new cleaners, office supplies, decorators, or something else, simply tweet us your needs @SocialEnt_UK and we’ll put your shout out across our network reaching more than 24,000 people and organisations. Remember to use the #buysocial hashtag. Or give us a call on 020 3589 4950.

SOCIAL ENTERPRISES DOING BUSINESS WITH ONE ANOTHER

Poached Creative & SkyWay

Poached Creative is a writing and communications company that creates opportunities for unemployed and disadvantaged people. They buy social from SkyWay which provides super-fast, no fuss CRB checking services for volunteers and new recruits.

Manor House Development Trust & Inklusive CIC

Manor House Development Trust - a resident-led social enterprise - gets its refill toner ink cartridges from Inklusive CIC, which provides employment opportunities and training for disadvantaged people. They also recycle cartridges that would otherwise ultimately become waste - over 60% of all inkjet and toner cartridges end up in landfill.

The Phone Co-op & HCT Group

HCT Group is a social enterprise in the transport industry, providing over 12 million passenger trips on its buses every year. It has a contract with The Phone Co-op, which offers phone, broadband and mobile services.  Its members run the business - a group of people united by shared values, shared ownership and democratically made decisions.

Clean Slate & CAN

Clean Slate provides work opportunities to homeless people, prison leavers, refugees, offering practical help to people setting up their own businesses and by linking with Employer Partners who provide work placements. CAN is one such Employer Partner. CAN provides support, funds, office space and social impact reporting consultancy to social ventures and charities.

Clarity & Argonaut Community Enterprises

Clarity Employment for Blind People and Argonaut Community Enterprises are both committed to creating opportunities for disabled people. Argonaut provides cleaning services and Clarity manufactures and sells cleaning products, which you can buy online. When Argonaut expanded into washroom hygiene services they were able to call on Clarity for their range of hand soaps and toiletries.