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Social Saturday

Wednesday, October 07 at 13:15
Social Enterprise | Social Good

This Saturday, October 10th is Social Saturday, a national day to celebrate social enterprises. Small Business Saturday UK is thrilled to have so many social enterprises in the Small Biz 100 this year: Old Spike Roastery, Darlo, CANAPE, Beatfreeks, Your Own Place CIC, A Man For All Seasons, Glasgow Locavore and Turning Earth Ceramics. We asked Social Enterprise a bit more about the day and how to get involved:
"Social Saturday is the national day to celebrate and buy from social enterprises. Social enterprises are businesses which trade to meet a social and/or environmental mission and they reinvest or donate their profits to help achieve this. They operate in nearly all areas of business and the vast majority of them are small businesses. From fashion to food, bicycle repair shops to buses, chances are there is a social enterprise near you.
There are around 70,000 social enterprises in the UK employing nearly a million people and contributing £24 billion to the economy. Social Saturday is about shining a spotlight on them. Whether it’s creating opportunities for people disadvantaged from the labour market, supporting development projects abroad or strengthening local economies at home – social enterprises are showing how business can create positive social change. They are bringing the dynamism and innovation of private enterprise to address the most pressing challenges we face as a country and as a planet. 
Social Saturday is part of Social Enterprise UK’s Buy Social Campaign, which challenges all of us to think about where we spend our money. 
What’s happening on Social Saturday? There are over 50 events happening throughout the country ranging from coffee mornings and dinner parties to bike rides and film screenings. If you’d like to find out what’s happening near you check out the Social Saturday website.
The website also includes some brilliant consumer facing social enterprises to allow you to unleash your spending power and buy social!Like small businesses, social enterprises are often at the heart of communities, driving economic growth creating jobs and keeping money in the local area. So on Social Saturday 2015, shop local and buy social as well. You can find your local social enterprises in the Buy Social Directory."
Follow Social Enterprise on Twitter for more information about Social Saturday. 

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