Will you play your part and help to map social enterprise in the UK? Evidence collecting for 2023’s State of Social Enterprise (SOSE) survey will begin from the end of January ! The State of Social Enterprise survey runs every two years and is the most comprehensive survey of UK social enterprise.

SOSE is the point of reference for trend data on social enterprise. It helps shape policy:

  • SOSE data helped make the case for the creation of Access – the Foundation for Social Investment, which supports social enterprises to access appropriate finance
  • It was also instrumental in the Social Value Act and the initial creation of Big Society Capital.
  • It is used by Government, academics, infrastructure bodies and more.

All SEUK members will be contacted by telephone by respected research company, BMG Research, from late January.

Completing the survey helps provide an up-to-date picture of the social enterprise sector. The survey will ask questions on how your social enterprise operates, how it’s performing and any needs and issues.  Your contribution is vital to ensuring the data captures the scale, diversity and impact of this growing movement of business at its best.

This year, we’ve begun work to make the survey easier to complete. If a social enterprise took part in the survey for the 2021 report, we’ve streamlined questions, so they will only be asked for new information. We’ll also offer benchmarked feedback data, if you give BMG consent for SEUK to see your responses.

You can read the last SOSE report from 2021 here.

Register your interest

If you’re not an SEUK member and are trading as a social enterprise, you can still take part in this important piece of research. Email research@socialenterprise.org.uk to register your interest.

To find out more about joining SEUK as a member visit https://www.socialenterprise.org.uk/get-involved/about-seuk-membership/ Membership is free for all social enterprises that turnover under £100K.

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