The aim of Social Saturday 2015 is to raise awareness of just how easy it is to support businesses that trade quality items and services and invest profits in projects supporting the local community, international development, the environment, charitiesand a wealth of other progressive schemes.
Social enterprises operate in and support a vast array of sectors. With over 70,000businesses in the UK alone trading for people and the planet - from print shops to chocolate, energy companies to beer, healthcare providers to baby clothes and housing to pants - the reach of our growing movement is undeniable. Click here for examples.
Following the immense success of last year's inaugural Social Saturday, this year, on10th October we anticipate Social Saturday 2015 to be a true testament to the strength and influence of the social enterprise movement. We will achieve this by creating a more physical presence throughout the UK, so that the general public can identify social enterprises operating in their area and buy the products and services they provide.
So what do we need from you?
Organised by SEUK
If you are a consumer, then consume! To visit our buy social directory click here and choose what project to support with your purchase. Don't stop there - the fun has only begun! Tweet about your purchase, post on Instagram and pin on Pinterest with#socialsaturday2015 to spread the message. Last year our twitterati supporters included Jamie Oliver, 10 Downing Street and Tesco. We'd love to see what you've bought and who it's helped!
Take a look at our Social Saturday events calendar and visit these fantastic organisations in person to hear first-hand about how your purchase will make a real difference.
If you are a social enterprise, or business you can still consume! Here at SEUK our printing, graphics, office cleaning, water, event management, catering, promotional items and venue hire are all provided by social enterprises. See our Buy Social Guidefor more inspiration.
As a social enterprise, we'd also love you to get involved in this year's Social Saturday campaign. To date, there are a number of events being held that have been planned by our members. For more information about how to get involved, click here. We encourage you to join in, team up or go solo but we want to see as many events as possible in the run up to Social Saturday.
Our official Social Saturday page is being developed, and will be launched in September.