WHAT IS BUY SOCIAL?
Let our short animation explain. Narrated by John Bird, founder of The Big Issue, featuring Jamie Oliver and Rachel Stevens.
WHY THE BUY SOCIAL CAMPAIGN?
Research with our members revealed that they wanted Social Enterprise UK to drive more business their way. We thought that a campaign would be the best way to make this happen and worked with our members to create Buy Social.
It was decided that we would target three core customer bases: social enterprises, the private sector and consumers - and reach out to them one at a time. We have since supported parliament, and are planning to reach out to universities and charities.
THE CAMPAIGN SO FAR...
The UK's first Social Saturday took place in September 2014 to boost the number of consumers buying from social enterprises. It had cross party support and was backed by the Prime Minister David Cameron.
REACHING OUT TO THE PRIVATE SECTOR
INTRODUCING CREATIVE SOCIAL ENTERPRISES TO PR COMPANIES
In June 2015, Social Enterprise UK, in association with the PR Guild and PRCA (Public Relations Consultants Association) hosted a forum bringing together social enterprises in the creative sector with corporate buyers. Buyers from organisations including Microsoft, The City of London Corporation, Johnson & Johnson and a host of large PR companies networked with social enterprises working in fields such as creative communications, printing, web design and film production.
RECEPTION - HOUSE OF COMMONS
On Social Enterprise Day 2013 a reception was held on the House of Commons terrace to bring together private sector buyers and social enterprises. John Bercow, Speaker of the House of Commons, informed guests that he intended to work with Hazel Blears MP to put Buy Social at the heart of Parliament procurement.
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?
BUY SOCIAL DIRECTORY
The Buy Social Directory helps private and public sector buyers find social enterprises to trade with. Search the directory to connect with social enterprises providing a variety of products and services, from education and training, to catering and printing.
LAUNCHED AT BIS
Buy Social launched on Social Enterprise Day 2012. Armed with data showing that relatively few social enterprises were buying from one another, the first year of Buy Social supported ‘inter-trading’. The result has been a significant rise in the number of social enterprises buying goods and services from others in the sector.
BADGE AND ANIMATION FOR SEUK MEMBERS
We've designed a range of Buy Social materials to help encourage more people to buy from social enterprises. These are available to SEUK members only. Login to access the buy social downloads.
Members are also welcome to host the Buy Social animation on their websites. Login to access the embed code.
FIND A SOCIAL ENTERPRISE SUPPLIER
There are a number of directories listing social enterprises based in the UK:
- www.buysocialdirectory.org.uk (particularly useful for private and public sector buyers)
- www.bhsen.co.uk/directory (Brighton & Hove social enterprises)
- www.runnative.co.uk (shopping website, find products including homeware, stationary and chocolate)
- www.uk.coop/cooperate (mobile app)
- www.tradesocial.net (Northern Ireland)
- www.seyh.org.uk/members (Yorkshire & The Humber)
- www.socialenterprisewm.org.uk/join-us/members-directory (West Midlands)