Our Partners

Find out more about the organisations we work with

British Council

British Council

We have worked with the British Council to help influence the international destiny of social enterprise, using our experience of setting up the first internationally available social enterprise accreditation.

In March 2016 we were invited to China to advise on the development of a Chinese social enterprise accreditation system.

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In 2016/17, we worked in collaboration with the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) on a project to raise awareness of how Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) can operate as social enterprises, putting sustainable and ethical business practices at the heart of their strategic direction.

We created a short film to highlight the benefits of the Social Enterprise Mark and Social Enterprise Gold Mark to HEIs.

CIC Regulator

We have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Regulator of Community Interest Companies (CICs), symbolising an ongoing commitment to co-operation & collaboration. The agreement enables both parties to exchange information and provide feedback on relevant issues relating to CICs, in order to represent their interests.

Social UP partners

Erasmus+ Social UP project

We are involved in an EU-funded project under the Erasmus+ programme, working in partnership with design thinking experts, social entrepreneurs, and business advisers from across Europe (UK, Greece, Finland, Spain and Cyprus).

The Social UP project aims to improve the sustainability, social impact and scalability of social enterprises, to enable them to achieve their societal mission in a financially viable manner.

Beyond the Badge partners

We are working with a group of standard setting bodies on the Beyond the Badge campaign. We are united by a common focus of setting and overseeing robust, credible and transparent standards for businesses. Each organisation is responsible for an independent accreditation/ certification scheme:

Supported Business Steering Group

Supported Business Steering Group

We are currently working with DWP and the Supported Business Steering Group to develop a new framework to enable supported businesses to prove their credentials when bidding for DWP programmes.

The Social Enterprise Disability Employment Mark (SEDEM) will build on the principles of Disability Confident, to provide assurance to DWP on the quality of employment outcomes for disabled people.

Urgent Health UK

We have an ongoing relationship with Urgent Health UK (UHUK) to develop social value within the healthcare sector and to encourage policy makers and commissioners to place a greater focus on social value in the design of health and social care services.

We ran a session at the 2017 UHUK conference, looking at how healthcare providers can demonstrate their social value.


Plymouth Marjon University

In 2018, Plymouth Marjon University established the Marjon Business School (MBS).

Our Managing Director Lucy Findlay is a member of the MBS Advisory Board, which is made up of representatives from leading business organisations operating within the South-West of England, who offer specialist skills, knowledge and experience.

Enactus Plymouth

Enactus Plymouth

We are a Business Adviser for Enactus Plymouth; a society where students form teams that apply business concepts to develop outreach projects that improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need.

Business Advisers support the Enactus teams to improve their projects, by attending advisory board meetings to discuss  projects and the overall management of the society.