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Business is Great Britain – A UK government website

Social enterprise is changing the world

Whether alleviating poverty, improving the environment or expanding educational opportunities, social enterprises are at the heart of a new movement using business approaches to improve the world.

And the UK is a world leader

Britain is leading the way in developing innovative and sustainable answers to many of the world’s most important challenges. Find out what the UK social economy has to offer.

1 in 5

UK businesses have a social mission at their core


of active investors would like social investments in their portfolio


of millennials will pay extra for products from companies committed to positive social and environmental impact

1 in 3

British consumers will pay more for products with a positive social and environmental outcome


The UK offers one of the world’s best environments for social enterprises and investors. It has a unique services industry of fund managers, lawyers, accountants, product developers and capacity building businesses, all focused on the social economy alongside the world’s first social investment tax relief.