There is an annually renewable licence for the Social Enterprise Mark. The cost of the licence for the Mark varies according to the annual income of your business:
||Fee (+ VAT)
|less than £150,000
|£150,001 – £500,000
|£500,001 – £999,999
|£1,000,000 – £2,999,999
|£3,000,000 – £5,999,999
|£6,000,000 – £9,999,999
|£10,000,000 – £14,999,999
|£15,000,000 – £29,999,999
|£30,000,000 – £49,999,999
|£50,000,000 – £99,999,999
|£100,000,000 and above
Applicants are invoiced up front for the licence fee. In the unlikely event that an application is unsuccessful, the licence fee will be refunded, minus a £200 assessment fee.
International applications will be subject to an additional administration fee of £150.
*Please note – applicants in fee tiers 1-4 will be charged via quarterly standing order payments. It is the applicants’ responsibility to set up the standing order for payments, please contact us with any questions about this.
Why is there a charge for accreditation?
Social Enterprise Mark CIC is itself an accredited social enterprise, awarded the Social Enterprise Mark following a rigorous assessment process by the independent Certification Panel. This means we trade primarily to achieve social purposes. In order to generate income to achieve our social objectives, we must be also be committed to commercial success.
The accreditation process can be costly and the annual licence fee scale, based on the Mark holders’ annual revenue, reflects the additional work necessary for assessing such applications. It also allows us to invest in maximising the credibility of the accreditation process.
The fee tier will be assessed each year at the point of renewal, so if turnover has increased or decreased, the licence fee payable will adjust accordingly.