Before we dive into the best things about them, let’s get you caught up… what is a social enterprise?
A social enterprise is an organisation that applies commercial strategies to make a positive difference for social benefit. The social impact is funded wholly or partly by reinvesting profits made by the organisation to create social capital. Profits are not kept by owners or participants. Some examples being, community platforms, eco-friendly companies, charities etc! Here are our favourite companies that are helping to make a difference!
4 - Ecosia
Ecosia is the eco-friendly google. When you search on the internet, they plant a tree. How? When you search on any browser you see ads at the top. Ecosia uses this ad money to fund the plan nation of trees. Over 80% of its profits go towards this. So far they’ve planted over 122 million trees! All from people just using the internet as they normally do. Incredible!
3 - Ronin Fightwear
One of key social enterprise clients. We’ve loved working with this exciting up and coming sustainable fightwear brand. They are the only eco-friendly fightwear brand on the planet, offering sustainable alternatives to fighters of every discipline, everywhere. When you make orders through them they plant trees, their clothes are produced ethically within the UK and every bit of their packaging is recycled!
They’re not all about tree planting, we promise. Our next social enterprise is a social enterprise that helps other social enterprises… kinda a bit like us. They are the national body for social enterprise – business with a social or environmental mission, helping promote and grow other social enterprises to produce a bigger communal and beneficial impact.
1 - Credit Unions
What can we say? We love them. Credit unions are member-owned financial cooperatives operated for the purpose of promoting thrift, providing credit and other financial services to their members and community. They’re there for the people, not for profit. Why borrow from a bank who’s purpose is literally to make more money, when you can borrow from a community, non-profit organisation?
Do you know of a social enterprise looking to expand? We can help them grow! Put them in touch with us, we’d love to help!