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Why don’t more social enterprises ‘buy social’?

19 September 2012

Call goes out for social enterprises to show their true colours in the supply chain

Social Enterprise UK this week launched a year-long campaign to get social enterprises buying from one another.

The #buy social campaign asks social economy organisations to ‘do a great deal’ by buying the products and services they need from social enterprises.

SEUK aims to broker at least 500 new deals between social enterprises in the course of the campaign.

New research has revealed that 88% of social enterprises said they want to buy goods and services from other social enterprises. But currently 1 in 4 do not have any social enterprises in their supply chains.

The research by SEUK shows that 70% of social enterprises have at least one other social enterprise in their supply chain. For the majority of those who took part (32%), social enterprises make up less than 10% of their suppliers, while 28% report a third of their suppliers to be social enterprises. Only 13% said that the majority of their suppliers are social enterprises.

When asked what barriers prevented social enterprises buying from others, 35% reported that other social enterprises don’t promote or market themselves to potential social buyers, and 29% had never been able to find social enterprises for the services or products they’ve needed. Very few said that social enterprises couldn’t compete on quality (6%) or price (6%) with other suppliers.

In the #buy social campaign, participants are being asked to get one new social enterprise into their supply chains by Social Enterprise Day on 15 November.

Social Enterprise UK says new business deals will be announced on Twitter @SocialEnt_UK and #buysocial – and the best deals will appear on the SEUK website and e-newsletter.

Celia Richardson, Social Enterprise UK’s director of communications, said: ‘We believe there is major potential for growth in the social sector if social enterprises trade with one another. Any organisation can grow its own social impact and keep its money in the social economy, simply by changing suppliers to social enterprises.

‘We have done this at Social Enterprise UK and the results have been fantastic. Our members often say they want to trade more with one another so this campaign is designed to help them do it. In a year we hope to have brokered at least 500 deals between social enterprises. This is a relatively simple way to achieve sustainability and growth in our movement.’

Social Enterprise UK commissioned the social enterprise Poached Creative to develop the Buy Social campaign messaging and design. 

Jessica Smith, Poached Creative director, said: ‘I’m a great believer in the power of the social economy. We use social enterprises for our banking, CRB checks and printing needs and we’ve found we’re able to get what we need at a good price, while achieving a social and environmental impact beyond our own activities. 

“This campaign with Social Enterprise UK is a fantastic opportunity for us to show what we can do creatively and promote the benefits of buying social more widely. We’re currently mid-way through a training programme for unemployed people who want to get into the creative sector and as we grow, we’ll be able to create more jobs and opportunities for them.’

More information on social enterprise suppliers can be found on the Social Enterprise UK website. www.socialenterprise.org.uk.

Social Enterprise Day takes place on Thursday, 15 November, 2012, within Global Entrepreneurship Week.