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.
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 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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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