Testimonials

Don’t take our word for it…see what people have to say about the Social Enterprise Mark



John Bryant

“The Social Enterprise Mark is an excellent tool in enabling us as commissioners to be able to establish the credentials of organisations that are delivering social value. Within health and social care the reinvestment of surpluses in to social benefits is of huge advantage to those receiving and delivering care and the wider community.

The Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 focuses commissioners on seeking out such social value from their supply chain. The Mark certainly assists in helping us evidence that.”

John BryantHead of Integration and DevelopmentTorbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust

Professor Karen Stanton

“York St John University is delighted and honoured to have been awarded the Social Enterprise Gold Mark. This much-coveted accreditation is only given to those organisations who can demonstrate they are making a real difference to their community and the environment.”

“We found the whole experience of applying for the Social Enterprise Gold Mark to be immensely beneficial for the University. As with many audits, the opportunity to step back, take stock and really analyse what we were doing was very valuable.”

Professor Karen StantonVice ChancellorYork St John University

Tim Smit

“The Mark is the flag, the rallying cry and the sign of the legitimacy of a new way of doing business which will, in due course, come to be seen as the way most business should be done. In short, it is the Mark of a movement that gives capitalism a social heart and anyone who cares deeply about this, will wear the badge with pride.”

Tim SmitExecutive Vice-Chairman and FounderEden Project

Nigel Kershaw OBE

“The Big Issue was set up to find a business solution to the social crisis of homelessness. We are proud to be a social enterprise, proud to be part of a movement and the Social Enterprise Mark tells our readers just that.”

Nigel Kershaw OBEExecutive ChairThe Big Issue Group

Chris White

“The Social Enterprise Mark has a key role in championing the sector as a standard that builds trust and can be believed in.”

Chris WhiteMember of Parliament for Warwick and LeamingtonChris White MP

Vivian Woodell

“The achievement of the Social Enterprise Mark is very exciting for us.  The Mark is such an important step in raising awareness so that more people will buy from and engage with social enterprises. We are optimistic about what the Mark can achieve and we delighted to be a part of it.”

Vivian WoodellFounder and Chief ExecutiveThe Phone Co-op

Ed Mayo

“As one of the team involved in setting up the Fairtrade Mark, I know how important consumer choice can be. Cooperatives UK welcomes the Social Enterprise Mark and is pleased to encourage its take up by all social enterprises.”

Ed MayoSecretary GeneralCo-operatives UK

Jane Acton

“The Mark has been a catalyst to help prove to other quality standard processes that we know what we are doing and that we have the right ethos to provide a quality service to all our users.”

Jane ActonEthnobotanistNature Workshops

Louise Gardner

“It’s crucial that our customers are aware that Watershed is socially motivated and the Social Enterprise Mark will help us communicate this. Some of our customers do not fully understand that we are driven not by profits but by social motives. Communicating this to our customers is a key element of our communications strategy, and the Social Enterprise Mark is a big part of it.”

Louise GardnerHead of CommunicationsWatershed

Brian Darwood

“The Social Enterprise Mark is making a difference to us because now trainees are able to understand that they work for a business that has society and the environment at its heart.”

Brian DarwoodChief ExecutiveLighthouse Furniture Project Ltd