Business & Entrepreneurs Charity

Social Saturday comes to Oxford

By John Charlton

Social Saturday on October 14 is a UK-wide day of activity to celebrate and raise awareness of British social enterprises. These are businesses that trade for a social or environmental purpose, reinvesting their profits for the good of their communities.

Social enterprises are businesses and just like other businesses they trade to make a profit. But it’s what they do with their profits that sets them apart – reinvesting or donating them to address pressing social and environmental issues.

There are more than 70,000 social enterprises in the UK operating in an array of industries and sectors, and selling a vast range of products and services. What’s more they are outperforming traditional SMEs when it comes to start-up rates and growth, and are leading the way when it comes to diversity in leadership teams, and paying the Living Wage.

Social Saturday is an opportunity for social enterprises to shout out loud about the work they are doing, to get new customers and to be part of a national campaign, supported by the government.

The campaign is led by the national body for social enterprises, Social Enterprise UK (SEUK) and is supported by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

There will a wide range of events across Oxford and a chance to find out more about how social enterprises work and how they support people.

To find out more contact Grant Hayward on 01865 881047 or email grant@collaborent.co.uk