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 one of the key things they wanted was for Social Enterprise UK to drive more business their way. We decided that a campaign would be the best way to make this happen and worked with our members to create the Buy Social campaign brand.
To deliver a targeted campaign, it was decided that we would target three core customer bases: social enterprises, the private sector and consumers - but reach out to them one at a time over a three year period. Future activitiy will support charities and universities to buy from social enterprises.
THE CAMPAIGN SO FAR
Pictured: Buy Social display in the window of the Government Department for Business, Innovation & Skills in London's Westminster
The campaign was launched on Social Enterprise Day in November 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.
On Social Enterprise Day 2013 we held a reception at the House of Commons to bring together private sector buyers and social enterprises. We launched a Buy Social animation, narrated by John Bird, founder of The Big Issue, and a supply chain guide for private sector businesses and other large organisations. John Bercow, Speaker of the House, told guests that he intended to work with Hazel Blears MP to put Buy Social at the heart of Parliament.
We are now planning the UK's first Social Saturday, which will take place on 13th September 2014. The day will seek to raise awareness of social enterprise and encourage consumers to buy social. Find out more.
BADGE AND ANIMATION
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 exclusively. Login to access the buy social downloads.
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.
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.
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?
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.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)
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.
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 networks. Remember to use the #buysocial hashtag. Alternatively call us 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.