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81 Social Enterprises in the UK

From Pruning Preservation Businesses to Sustainable Car Hires

— February 8, 2013 — Naughty
These social enterprises in the UK have worked as inspirations and models for other entrepreneurs looking for an idea as well as imitation of other global initiatives. It is typically a common conception that the United Kingdom, and London in particular, is the hub of social entrepreneurship, which is why SocialBusiness.org chose to profile some of the businesses -- small, medium and large -- that are creating positive social change.

Some of the social enterprises in the UK in this top list are more leaning on the charity side and others make profit a bigger deal, but all of them consider the triple bottom line -- in whatever shape -- central to their services, products and business models.
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Popularity
Activity
Freshness
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Collective Change Organizations
Collective Change Organizations
The Big Life Group is a Social Business Subverting the Status Quo
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80
Socially Responsible Loan Services
Socially Responsible Loan Services
Moneyline Cymru Offers Affordable Credit Solutions
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79
Pruning Preservation Enterprises
Pruning Preservation Enterprises
Acacia Tree Surgery Works in Both the Public and Private Spheres
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78
Naturally Raw Paint Products
Naturally Raw Paint Products
Waste That Comes from Auro United Kingdom is Compostable
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77
Waste-Reverting Social Enterprises
Waste-Reverting Social Enterprises
Wombling CIC Recycles Goods Headed for the Landfill
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76
Health Service Social Enterprises
Health Service Social Enterprises
The SCA Group Offers Community Care in the United Kingdom
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75
Social Entrepreneur-Supporting Charities
Social Entrepreneur-Supporting Charities
UnLtd Fosters People with a Will to Change the World
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74
Red Nosed Charity Tees
Red Nosed Charity Tees
The Stella McCartney for Comic Relief Tees Support a Poverty Free World
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73
Ex-Con Employment Facilitators
Ex-Con Employment Facilitators
Blue Sky in the UK Finds Real Jobs for Ex-Offenders
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72
University Employment Partnerships
University Employment Partnerships
'upReach' Promotes Professional Development with Undergraduates
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71
Sustainable Slumber Manufacturers
Sustainable Slumber Manufacturers
Abaca Producers Organic Beds and Mattresses with Welsh Wool
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70
Employment-Focused Organizations
Employment-Focused Organizations
Autism Works in the UK Provides Opportunities for Autistic Adults
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69
Youth Ownership Organizations
Youth Ownership Organizations
Five Lamps is a Social Enterprise Focusing on Creating Possibilities
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68
Not-for-Profit Electricity Suppliers
Not-for-Profit Electricity Suppliers
Open4Energy is a Company That Raises Money for Charities
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67
Mental Health Social Enterprises
Mental Health Social Enterprises
Mentis Tree CIC is a Not for Profit for Psychological Therapy
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66
Altruism-Enabling Platforms
Altruism-Enabling Platforms
Eclectic Productions is a UK Social Enterprise With Inspiring Projects
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65
Car Rental Cooperatives
Car Rental Cooperatives
Moorcar is a Social Enterprise Fostering Community Initiatives
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64
Social Profit Societies
Social Profit Societies
Allia Works with Investments in the United Kingdom - Allia
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63
Social Exclusion Enterprises
Social Exclusion Enterprises
The United Kingdom's 'Destiny Support' Seeks Out Engagement
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62
Everlasting Electricity Suppliers
Everlasting Electricity Suppliers
Good Energy is One of Its Kind in the United Kingdom
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61
Awareness-Raising Business Networks
Awareness-Raising Business Networks
Social Enterprise West Midlands is a Top Consultancy
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60
Enterprising Confidence Workshops
Enterprising Confidence Workshops
UK-Based Street Style Surgery Runs Creative Programs for Youth
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59
Volunteer Time Credits
Volunteer Time Credits
Spice Innovations Engages Community in Order to Create Change
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58
Urban Delivery Collectives
Urban Delivery Collectives
Independent Alternative Control Courier is Rider-Owned and -Operated
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57
Social Firm Community Cafes
Social Firm Community Cafes
Frogmeadow Reinvents the Labor Market in the United Kingdom
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56
Conscious Business Services
Conscious Business Services
Shop for Change Empowers Farmers Through Fair Trade Certification
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55
Empowering Childcare Networks
Empowering Childcare Networks
Cool2Care Matches Personal Assistants with Disabled Children
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54
Biomass Electricity Companies
Biomass Electricity Companies
Kedco Targets Businesses as a Science Energy Organization
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53
Animal Habitat Consultancies
Animal Habitat Consultancies
Acer Ecology is a Social Enterprise Working All Over the UK
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52
Not-for-Profit Development Programs
Not-for-Profit Development Programs
ACT Training Services is a Social Enterprise for Professionals
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51
Sustainable Face Masks
Sustainable Face Masks
Akamuti is a Skin Care Company with Ethical Policies
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50
Safe Neon Clothing
Safe Neon Clothing
BrightKidz is a Social Enterprise That Sells High Visibility Designs
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49
Ethical Furniture Retailers
Ethical Furniture Retailers
Chest of Drawers Ltd is Committed to Environmental Principles
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48
Entrepreneur-Building Organizations
Entrepreneur-Building Organizations
TARIS is Affiliated with ClearlySo Canada
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47
Social Enterprise Garages
Social Enterprise Garages
Auto22 in Gravesend Supports Youth Through Employment
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46
Ethical Investments
Ethical Investments
Bridges Ventures is a Venture Capital Company with a Social Aim
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45
Skill-Sharing Social Enterprises
Skill-Sharing Social Enterprises
The Bicycle Academy Teaches You How to Make Bikes
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44
Sustainable Car Hires
Sustainable Car Hires
GUTSi Executive Transfer Offers Transportation in the United Kingdom
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43
Soil-Infused Face Products
Soil-Infused Face Products
Bentley Organic Uses Natural Ingredients in Order to Get Clean
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42
Imaginative Care Supporters
Imaginative Care Supporters
Community Catalysts Develops Radical Solutions to Social Issues
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41
Indoor Sports Social Enterprises
Indoor Sports Social Enterprises
Adrenaline Alley Gets Young People Together with Fun and Media
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40
Social Business Logistics
Social Business Logistics
London-Based 'Connection Crew' Hires Ex-Homeless People
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39
Affordable Natural Health Centers
Affordable Natural Health Centers
The Healing Clinic is an Accessible Community Interest Company
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38
Ethical Vacation Choices
Ethical Vacation Choices
Responsible Travel is a Locally-Oriented Online Portal
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37
Sustainably Sweet Wheatgrass
Sustainably Sweet Wheatgrass
Aconbury Sprouts Offers Organic Chilled Health Foods
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36
Social Innovation Brokers
Social Innovation Brokers
Volans is a Think-Tank, Incubator and Consultancy
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35
Social Investment Infographics
Social Investment Infographics
ClearlySo Marks the Start of the Future for Children Bond
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34
Eco-Certified Athletic Balls
Eco-Certified Athletic Balls
Fair Trade Sports is a North American Purpose-Driven Company
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33
Community Craft Ciders
Community Craft Ciders
Brew On is a Social Enterprise Based in the United Kingdom
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32
Anti-Stigma Food Companies
Anti-Stigma Food Companies
The Healthy Hub Creates Jobs for People with Mental Illnesses
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31
Community-Focused Palestinian Produce
Community-Focused Palestinian Produce
Zaytoun Imports Organic and Fair Trade Products
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30
Closed Loop Plant Systems
Closed Loop Plant Systems
Aquaponics UK is a Social Enterprise Tackling Waste, Food and Energy
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29
Collaborative Creation Gigs
Collaborative Creation Gigs
Good for Nothing Brings People Together for Fast-Track 'Doing'
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28
Compelling Online Retailers
Compelling Online Retailers
Fashion ComPassion Sells Brands with a Socially Conscious Mind Frame
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27
Alternative Sanitary Products
Alternative Sanitary Products
Mooncup Ltd. is an Award-Winning Ethical Business
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26
Emissions-Free Delivery
Emissions-Free Delivery
GnewtCargo is a Logistics Organization Using an Electric Fleet of Vehicles
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25
Ethical Gastropubs
Ethical Gastropubs
The Duke of Cambridge Serves Organic and Local Foods
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24
Fair Trade Bulk Apparel
Fair Trade Bulk Apparel
Epona Clothing Supplies Ethical Tees for Charities, Schools & Businesses
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23
Fair Trade African Soda
Fair Trade African Soda
Ubuntu Cola is a First for the United Kingdom
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22
Sustainable Conference Companies
Sustainable Conference Companies
15Hatfields is a Social Enterprise That Offers Spaces Big & Small
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21
Health-Promoting Pet Food
Health-Promoting Pet Food
OrganiPets Uses Local and Hypo-Allergenic Ingredients
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20
Youth-Oriented Finances
Youth-Oriented Finances
MyBnk Teaches Money Management and Entrepreneurial Skills
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19
Altruistic Pet Beds
Altruistic Pet Beds
Better Buddies is an Environmentally Friendly Cat and Dog Business
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18
Humanitarian Product Developers
Humanitarian Product Developers
Red Button Design's Midomo Bracelet Provides Potable Water
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17
Paradigm-Shifting Marine Organizations
Paradigm-Shifting Marine Organizations
Blue Ventures is Funded by Non-Profit Distributing Projects
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16
Solar-Powered Parties
Solar-Powered Parties
Finding Infinity is Sponsoring Eco-Conscious Festivals Around the World
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15
Bike-Promoting Community Companies
Bike-Promoting Community Companies
'Get Cycling' is a Social Enterprise Promoting a Healthy Life
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14
Sexuality-Celebrating Social Enterprises
Sexuality-Celebrating Social Enterprises
'Coffee, Cake & Kink' Fosters Community and Conversation
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13
Luxury Ethical Cosmetics
Luxury Ethical Cosmetics
Bubble & Balm Creates Locally-Manufactured Fair Trade Products
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12
Fair Trade Dried Goods
Fair Trade Dried Goods
Tropical Wholefoods Works with Farmers from All Over the World
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11
Better Biking Businesses
Better Biking Businesses
Bikeworks is a Social Enterprise with Oodles of Responsible Initiatives
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10
Energy-Producing Playgrounds
Energy-Producing Playgrounds
TGO Green Energy Gym Technology Harnesses People-Power
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9
Alternative Food Networks
Alternative Food Networks
The People's Supermarket Focuses on Community Development
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8
Chic Fair Trade Clothing
Chic Fair Trade Clothing
Amana Provides Training and Jobs for Women in Morocco
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7
Micro Loan Bikinis
Micro Loan Bikinis
RubyMoon Swimwear Donates its Profits to Female Entrepreneurs
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6
Wacky Wellness Organizations
Wacky Wellness Organizations
Smoothie Bike Hire Takes a Pedal-Powered Approach to Positive Change
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5
Fair Trade Lifestyle Brands
Fair Trade Lifestyle Brands
People Tree is a Stylish Social Business Spearhead
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4
Well-Wasted Cuisine
Well-Wasted Cuisine
FoodCycle Uses Surplus to Feed Local Communities
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3
Ethical Shopping Sites
Ethical Shopping Sites
Magnifeco is an Eco-Fashion Source Featuring All Things Socially Good
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2
Fair Trade Underwear
Fair Trade Underwear
Pants to Poverty is a Hip Social Enterprise That Raises “Underwearness"
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1
Disabled Artisan Jewelry Collections
Disabled Artisan Jewelry Collections
The People Tree Wheelchair Campaign with Bombolulu
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