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The size of UK Social Enterprise in 2018?

Hidden Revolution, social enterprise - cover image and web link

View, print or download this SocEnt UK report here…pdf

The answer?

  • 100,000 SocEnt businesses
  • 2 million employees
  • Generating £60 billion of UK GDP

Source: Hidden Revolution – Size and Scale and Social Enterprise in 2018

A report by Social Enterprise UK

Perhaps no more words are needed…well maybe not!

  • 12% of social enterprises are led by someone from the BAME community.
  • 50% of social enterprises have developed a new product or service in the last 12 months.

Taking our sector mainstream?

We are mainstream!


Quarter 2 results – UK Limited

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has just published its new preliminary data for Quarter 2 contributors to Gross Domestic Product in the UK. It is the first time, according to the ONS, that all principle sectors of UK business have seen positive growth since mid-2010.

The short video below illustrates the ONS data, showing how core business sectors relate to each other and contribute the UK economy as a whole. Services, as a broad economic theme, now represent the largest contributor to ‘UK Limited’.

Aggregated services in the analysis has continually performed well, since the massive economic contraction in 2009. To have so many core indicators rising must be a sign of improvement, or rather a sign that using traditional metrics, the economy has begun to recover.

What is never delineated in such metrics or traditional analysis is the change of thinking, or ‘modality rotation’ that might be occurring as a result of downturns altering mindsets, philosophical attitudes to investment or changes to the political landscape in communities.

In our next, fuller journal post, we will examine the concept of ‘community economics’, and how the emergence of ideas, which we have commented on in recent Mining the SEEM articles, have arguably coalesced into a new economic form.

Hope for the future?


Ethical business with a social dimension...
Ethical business with a social dimension…

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