Find out more about the organisations we work with
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.
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.
Erasmus+ Social UP project
We were involved in an EU-funded project under the Erasmus+ programme in 2016-18, 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 aimed to improve the sustainability, social impact and scalability of social enterprises, to enable them to achieve their societal mission in a financially viable manner.
At the start of the Covid-19 outbreak in March 2020, we partnered with employee engagement engine Ethical Angel to ensure more social enterprises are aware of the free, virtual support available to them during this challenging time and beyond.
Ethical Angel virtually matches the skills and resources of the private sector with the operational needs of social enterprises, meaning that, without cost, social enterprises can very quickly and easily get what they need, when they need it.
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.
We are proud to work in partnership with social investment organisation Key Fund, to boost awareness and understanding of the social enterprises; businesses that put people and planet first to help create a more people-focused economy.
Key Fund invests in community and social enterprises who have traditionally been excluded from mainstream finance, particularly those in disadvantaged areas. They believe in the power of people to find solutions to the challenges facing their communities.
New Economy Alliance
In response to the Covid-19 crisis, we developed an alliance with other social sector network bodies, to lobby the Government for vital support to keep the sector alive throughout (and after) the crisis. We wrote a letter to the Chancellor to outline a four-point action plan to ensure the long-term sustainability of the UK’s 100,000 social enterprises, co-operatives and community businesses.
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.
We have developed a partnership with the RSA to foster collaboration between our two networks and bring about a future in which everyone is able to participate.
For 260 years, the RSA has been at the forefront of social change. Today, it is a community of over 30,000 proactive problem-solvers from around the world uniting people and ideas to resolve the challenges of our time.
Social enterprises accredited by Social Enterprise Mark CIC are eligible for fast track membership to become RSA Fellows.
Social Audit Network
We are proud to work in partnership with Social Audit Network, to promote the importance of social accounting and audit to the social enterprise and voluntary sectors, as a tool for reporting on social, environmental and economic performance.
Social Audit Network holds regular meetings, training and events across the UK to facilitate the exchange of information and experience between social accounting and audit practitioners.
We are proud to work in partnership with SEYH (Social Enterprise Yorkshire and the Humber), to further awareness and understanding of the social enterprise business model and to identify opportunities for growth.
SEYH represents, promotes and connects social enterprise across the Yorkshire & Humber region. All members of SEYH are either social enterprises themselves, or associates with a keen interest in the sector.
Social Entrepreneur Index
We are proud to support the UK Social Entrepreneur Index, which celebrates entrepreneurs running businesses with social purposes. As well as supporting the promotion of the Index, Lucy Findlay acts an Ambassador.
We feel this is important because, as well as providing recognition, it also acts as a benchmark for good practice to inspire the next generation, with those on the index acting as beacons of inspiration for others to encompass positive social impact.
Social Value UK
We are proud to work in partnership with Social Value UK, to promote the importance of social accounting and accreditation as tools for reporting on social, environmental and economic performance. This alliance aims to raise the profile and quality of social value, which is at the core of both organisations.
Social Value UK is the national network for social impact and social value. They work with their members to embed core principles for social value measurement and analysis, to refine and share practice, and to build a powerful movement of like-minded people to influence policy.
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.
We are excited to be a partner of the UK Stakeholders for Sustainable Development (UKSSD), which brings organisations together to accelerate progress on the Sustainable Development Goals in the UK.
We feel that the SDGs provide a powerful global framework to address the pressing social and environmental issues that we all face, and we are looking into aligning how Mark Holders report on their social impact with the SDG’s. This partnership will provide valuable support to achieve this.
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.
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