Social Enterprise Mark CIC Annual Conference

Following the success of our inaugural conference in 2015, celebrating the Social Enterprise Mark’s 5th birthday, we decided to make the conference an annual event.

The conference is aimed at a range of audiences, including:

  • Social Enterprise Mark/Gold Mark holders – CEO/MDs, senior managers, marketing and communications staff
  • Emerging and established social enterprises
  • Charities and Third Sector
  • Public sector organisations
  • Housing associations
  • Businesses and corporations wanting to know more about social enterprises and social value
  • Policy makers, procurement officers, local authorities
  • Commissioners, health and social care organisations
  • Networking and representative bodies

In addition to the popular forum for Social Enterprise Mark/Gold Mark holders, we invite keynote speakers from across the social enterprise and wider business sector to provide a varied and interactive programme and to stimulate debate and shared learning.

2018 Conference

6th & 7th June 2018, York St John University

Our 2018 conference will be hosted by York St John University.

Please get in touch if you are interested in being involved as a speaker.



2017 Conference

5th & 6th June 2017, University of Winchester

Our 2017 conference was kindly hosted by University of Winchester.

The theme of the conference was about broadening horizons for social enterprise and we explored how organisations can push the boundaries of the traditional social enterprise market to create new opportunities.

The event was attended by approx. 60 people over the two days, with keynote speakers including former MP Professor John Denham and Simon Donovan of Manor House Development Trust. A cross-sector discussion panel looking at pushing the boundaries of social enterprise to engage with new markets included representatives from social enterprises working across a range of sectors:

  • hiSbe
  • Northdoc
  • VIRTŪ ROCKS
  • York St John University

We also held a drinks reception to celebrate the achievements of Social Enterprise Mark holders, and to award the Social Enterprise Gold Mark to new successful applicants Plymouth College of Art, The University of Northampton, and The University of Winchester.

Click here to download the conference summary notes.


Please get in touch to request a copy of the full notes and presentations from the 2017 conference.


2016 Conference

8th & 9th June 2016, MediaCityUK, University of Salford

Our 2016 conference, hosted by University of Salford and supported by ForViva, was held at MediaCityUK in Salford.

Conference sponsors

The event was attended by over 60 people over the two days, with keynote speakers including former MP Phil Hope, Julie Hawker, Nigel Kershaw OBE, and Professor Francis Davis. A cross-sector discussion panel looking at the importance of accreditation and standards included representatives from standard setting bodies covering a range of sectors:

  • Golf Environment Organization
  • ISEAL Alliance
  • Soil Association

We also held a drinks reception to celebrate the achievements of Social Enterprise Mark holders, and to award the Social Enterprise Mark and Gold Mark to new successful applicants Northdoc Medical Services, SEQOL, and York St John University.


Please get in touch to request a copy of the full notes and presentations from the 2016 conference.