Have a Christmas with a Conscience

Use your purchasing power this Christmas to make a positive difference for people and planet

Christmas shopping with a conscience – buy from a social enterprise this Christmas and help create benefits for society

Play your part in creating a positive impact by supporting businesses that create benefits for society and the environment – look for the Social Enterprise Mark and Social Enterprise Gold Mark.

Reasons to look for the Social Enterprise Mark


Use your purchasing power this Christmas to make a positive difference for society.

Support businesses that put People & Planet first – look out for the Social Enterprise Mark; the sign of social enterprise credibility

The organisations featured here are a selection of the Social Enterprise Mark CIC network of accredited social enterprises. All are independently accredited as social enterprises, externally assessed to be trading with a primary purpose of creating benefits for people and planet.

Business services

Millfields Trust

The Millfields Trust is Plymouths’ leading and pro-active Social Enterprise landlord.

We provide a platform to enable SME’S to grow and develop by offering high quality affordable business space for rental on flexible terms. Our premises are all conveniently located within a mile of Plymouth City Centre and our rents are fully inclusive of 24 hour security, buildings insurance, external repair and waste disposal.

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Since its inception, the Trust has brought over £10.5 million of investment into the Stonehouse area of Plymouth. The Widening Horizons project has given over 700 children in six local schools a unique insight into the world of work.

Real People HR

Real People HR is an award-winning, social enterprise consultancy providing bespoke leadership and HR support.

Our mission is to increase the confidence, capacity and capability of managers though our one-to-one coaching and advice and our highly practical training resulting in higher standards of people management in the charitable sector and beyond.

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We empower customers to be inclusive employers, committed to the development and wellbeing of their staff. We support managers to develop their own capability, reducing their reliance on us, ensuring their financial resources are invested in their frontline services.

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Cockpit Arts

Cockpit Arts is an award winning social enterprise and the UK’s only business incubator for craftspeople, housing up to 170 small businesses at our two centres in central and south London.

We support craft practitioners at the start of their careers, as well as those who are more established, to grow and build successful and thriving businesses both in the UK and internationally.

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Since opening in 1986, Cockpit Arts has helped thousands of talented makers grow their businesses. Our business incubator model is proven to work and our impact reports are positive, showing higher than average economic outcomes as well as social and cultural impact.

Fashion

Global Seesaw

Global Seesaw is a social business which runs as a fair trade shop retailing and wholesaling fair trade gifts produced by women who have been exploited by human trafficking and prostitution.

We believe that business can make a real difference and as we function as a social enterprise, all profits are reinvested to bring greater change.

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Our business is people and our success is peoples' freedom. Our eco and green products are made from natural fibres and organic cotton, as well as upcycled materials such as vintage saris and tyres. We're into ethical trade not because it's the latest thing but because it's the right thing.

Food and drink

GROCYLE

GroCycle is an award winning social enterprise and proud operator of the UK’s first Urban Mushroom Farm.

We have been growing Oyster mushrooms from waste coffee grounds since 2011, and are still hugely inspired by the scale of the opportunity. We created the GroCycle Urban Mushroom Farm to test our ideas, and have designed an easy to use Mushroom Grow Kit to enable you to grow your own gourmet mushrooms at home from waste coffee grounds.

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We’re working to reduce the amount of coffee grounds being buried in landfill and at the same time we’ve been growing delicious food and engaging people in the process. We want other people to join in too as there’s so much coffee waste out there!

Gifts

National Lobster Hatchery

The National Lobster Hatchery is a pioneering marine conservation, research and education charity.

Our primary aim is to help conserve the vulnerable lobster populations and preserve coastal marine biodiversity. In doing so we will be safeguarding the livelihoods of small coastal communities and preserve our rich coastal heritage.

The Little Shop of Lobsters helps to fund the work of the charity. You can buy chocolate lobsters, fluffy lobsters, lobster wrapping paper, lobster books, lobster clothing even lobster deckchairs!

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Our primary aim is to help conserve vulnerable lobster populations and preserve coastal marine biodiversity, therefore safeguarding the livelihoods of small coastal communities and preserving our rich coastal heritage.

Health and Beauty

CLARITY

CLARITY is a charity and a social enterprise that was established in 1854 and has been providing employment for blind and disabled people for over 160 years.

At CLARITY we operate to provide blind and disabled people with work and training through the manufacture and sale of our range of beauty and cleaning products.


Employment enables our staff to develop their independence, build their confidence and play a full part in society. All profits are reinvested to grow the business and improve opportunities for our staff. We never test products on animals and all of our suppliers are based in the UK.

HEALTH EXCHANGE

Health Exchange is dedicated to empowering and motivating people to achieve better health.

Our services support people to prevent and manage long-term conditions and improve their overall physical, mental and emotional wellbeing and encourage them to make long-term, sustainable behaviour change.

If you or anyone you know may benefit from our services, we encourage you to get in touch.

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Health Exchange is a Community Interest Company, working with people and communities to achieve better health and wellbeing. Each of our services is designed to improve a person’s life through their physical and emotional health and we support around 30,000 people a year in this way.

RE-MIND

Re-mind is a social enterprise that specialises in mindfulness training for individuals with long-term conditions and individuals suffering from stress in the workplace.

Re-mind works in collaboration with Positive East, a charity that has been delivering impactful interventions to people living with a long-term condition for over 25 years.

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Re-Mind works to increase mindful awareness which is a proven and effective intervention for long-term health conditions and managing stress. All profits go towards increasing access to mindfulness and furthering the work of our partner charity – Positive East.

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John Taylor Hospice

At the heart of the community for more than 100 years, John Taylor Hospice supports hundreds of families by providing care at its In-Patient Unit and visiting patients in their homes.

Our ‘Taylor-made’ care also ensures pharmacy, occupational therapy, well-being and spiritual care, social support and physiotherapy including acupuncture.
Our dedicated staff and volunteers ensure they make every moment matter for every patient and family member they care for.

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John Taylor Hospice has been providing expert end of life care to families in Birmingham since 1910 and our care remains 'Taylor-made'. Our dedicated staff and volunteers ensure they make every moment matter for every patient and family member they care for.

The Furniture Scheme

The Furniture Scheme provides recycled furniture to disadvantaged people in Shropshire, helping to support those most in need.

Our core objectives are to relieve poverty, eliminate discrimination and protect the environment – to reduce, re-use, recycle. Through our operations we also offer training and work placements to those furthest from the job market.

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We see value in everything, especially people. As a social enterprise, 100% raised from sales is reinvested into the organisation.

We have a number of shops selling preloved, restored and upcycled items, also second hand books.

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Get your business featured!

All Social Enterprise Mark/Gold Mark holders have the opportunity to promote their products/services here, free of charge.

Mark holders – this is your chance to encourage consumers to use their purchasing power this Christmas to help make a positive difference for people and planet! Please get in touch today to get your business featured.

Not currently a Mark holder, but interested in getting your business featured in our Christmas campaign? 

Start your application today and you could be approved in less than a week! Complete the short registration form to get started and we will be in touch within 2 days to discuss the next steps.