Social Enterprise City

Plymouth was announced as one of two social enterprise cities in the UK in September 2013. The accolade marked the start of Social Enterprise UK’s Social Enterprise Places programme.

Our application to become a social enterprise city highlighted our aspiration to make Plymouth a place where social enterprise transforms the economy for the benefit of all. There are lots of ways in which you can contribute to this aspiration and make Social Enterprise City work for you.

Promoting your business

Let us know what you’re up to and we’ll tell others through our newsletter, website, social media and other contacts.

Make sure your web entry is up-to-date with your logo, contact details and text which invites people to buy from you. We’re also working on a new Directory of Social Enterprise and a mobile app to promote Network members. You can log in and edit your entry here.

Start or join a conversation on Twitter, Linked-In or Facebook. If you tweet, you can use the hashtag #socentcity and follow other Network members here.

Get involved with the Buy Social campaign and help to spread the message that individuals and organisations can get more than just economic value when they spend.

Contact us if you would like to:

  • Get involved with the annual Festival of Social Enterprise. Last year over 1,000 people attended 20 different events and the festival gained national publicity for the city. This year’s festival plans are starting to take shape.
  • Write something on “What Social Enterprise City means to me” for newsletter.


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Plymouth is a hot-spot for social enterprise activity in the UK and is developing as a global ‘social enterprise city’. We have one of the most active social enterprise networks in the country and Plymouth University is the world’s first officially certified ‘social enterprise’ university.

There are around 150 social enterprises in the city working in a wide range of sectors including in education, health, arts, environment, food, finance, housing, business support, sport, social care and many more.

Collectively these businesses employ around 7,000 people and bring in an income of over £500 million. There are mega-social enterprises such as the University, Plymouth Community Homes and Livewell South West but there is also a burgeoning economy of smaller businesses – 1 in 3 turnover under £50,000. The median turnover is around £100,000.

Team up with other social enterprises

Let us know if you’d like to develop a sector or themed group within the network and we’ll try to make it happen.

Trade with other social enterprises. Check out our member list and member-to-member offers. Make a member-to-member offer.

Make links with social enterprises in the other social enterprise places: Alston Moor, Bristol, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly and Digbeth.

Take advantage of social enterprise-specific business support

There is a range of business support programmes aimed at social enterprises in Plymouth:

There are also plenty of network members who provide services to help develop your business.