Saturday 14 October 2017 sees the return of Social Saturday, an initiative to help raise awareness of social enterprises – businesses with a social mission – and encourage the general public and businesses to buy from them. The initiative has been running since 2014 and is organised by Social Enterprise UK www.socialenterprise.org.uk and Croydon is celebrating Social Saturday as part of Croydon Business Month with a dedicated Social Enterprise Marketplace in the heart of the Whitgift Centre.
This will include the opportunity to speak with existing local social entrepreneurs, support organisations and encourage the general public to find out more about the benefits of buying from social enterprises.
This is also a fantastic opportunity to meet Croydon and Brighton based social entrepreneurs taking part in the SEEK programme which has received funding under the Building Better Opportunities Programme which is jointly funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund. The programme aims to help unemployed and economically inactive people to start a social enterprise to address social or environmental issues. Take a look here at the local people benefiting from this programme and how they plan to Make Change Happen in Croydon and Brighton.
If you would like to meet these social pioneers or you are interested in finding out more about social enterprises and how you can support them, come on down to Units 117 and 118 (opposite Millie’s Cookies) in the Whitgift Centre, Croydon from 10am onwards.
To see what else is happening on Social Saturday, go to https://www.socialenterprise.org.uk/events-around-the-uk and join in the conversation on Twitter with the #BuySocial and #SocialSaturday2017 hashtags.