Today is Social Enterprise Day.

I wasn’t aware of this until I read the press release letting me know that Mark Lazarowicz MP (Member of Parliament for Edinburgh North and Leith) was visiting The Melting Pot. I was sitting in The Melting Pot at the time.

In case you’ve not heard of The Melting Pot it’s a not-for-profit social enterprise that aims to ‘inspire and support people to realise their ideas for a better world’.

Reading the release as Mark left I realised many people might not be clear on what ‘social enterprise’ means.

The press release has the following to say

Social enterprises are businesses working towards a double-bottom line – as well as profits, they chase social or environmental change – and most of their profits go straight back into the business itself or the community it works in.

And some stats

There are 55,000 social enterprises in the UK with a combined turnover of £27 billion. Social enterprises account for 5% of all businesses with employees and contribute £8.4 billion per year to the UK economy.

Not bad for people who aren’t interested in the bottom line.

Links of interest on Social Enterprise

The Melting Pot

Social Enterprise at ikipedia.org

The Social Enterprise Coalition

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