Chris White MP: "The Social Enterprise Mark has a key role in championing the sector as a standard that builds trust and can be believed in."
Alex Castle, Head Supply Chain Management, Telereal Trillium: "Telereal Trillium aims to be a great company to work for and with. Encouraging the consideration of social enterprises in procurement, as part of our everyday decision making, supports this ethos. The 50 in 250 challenge provides a unique opportunity to support positive social causes whilst delivering a sustainable financial performance."
John Bryant, NHS Care Trust: "The Social Enterprise Mark is an excellent tool in enabling us as commissioners to both establish the credentials of an organisation. A company externally recognised as having a social purpose, committed to reinvesting any surpluses with a solid trading record is something that people can really understand and get behind."
Simon Devonshire, Head of SME Marketing, O2: "The Social Enterprise Mark represents an important milestone for this essential and fast-growing sector and at O2Business we are already looking into ways that we can reward and support those who carry the Mark. More businesses do business with O2 than any other network, and so we want to bring to their attention this Mark and the growing momentum in social enterprise."
Michael Eynon, Wates Construction: "Given Wates' corporate responsibility objective of using social enterprises in supply chains, we are always looking for relevant social enterprises that can offer their skills and services to our projects and offices. The Social Enterprise Mark has been a good way not only for sourcing social enterprises but also pre-qualifying as we know that any social enterprise with the Social Enterprise Mark reinvest the majority of their profits for social and/or environmental purposes."
Mark Powderham, KMPG: "KPMG is keen to support the 50in250 campaign. We actively seek to include social enterprises ... and other target supplier groups in our sourcing activities and tenders. To this end, we are pursuing a 2 tier strategy, including social enterprises in our own tenders for HR & marketing-related goods & services, and engaging with our top 50 suppliers to encourage them to include diverse suppliers in their own supply-chains."
Ed Mayo, Secretary General of Co-operatives UK: "As one of the team involved in setting up the Fairtrade Mark, I know how important consumer choice can be. Cooperatives UK welcomes the Social Enterprise Mark and is pleased to encourage its take up by all social enterprises."
Neil Hewitt, Triodos Bank: " The Social Enterprise Mark is a true assurance that both social and environmental objectives are being met and businesses are trading to benefit people and planet, making a positive difference like us."
Stephen Hammond MP for Wimbledon and Parliamentary Under-Secretary at the Department for Transport: "I am a supporter of social enterprise, and a supporter of the Social Enterprise Mark. I hope it becomes the next Fairtrade-style success story."
Ben Higham, Social Enterprise East of England: "In the current climate a welcoming and reassuring market identity for social enterprise is essential. The Social Enterprise Mark is powerful visual tool by which to add value to your business identity by emphasising to all your customers the effectiveness of your organisation and the social value of your work."