Thursday 16th November 2023 is Social Enterprise Day - a moment to raise awareness of our pioneering business model and celebrate the more than 100,000 social enterprises in the UK working to benefit people and planet.
Social enterprises are businesses that trade for a social or environmental purpose. Like any other business, we look to make a profit, but it is what we do with that profit that sets us apart: reinvesting the majority to further our vital mission.
Since we started trading in 2014, The Skill Mill has employed 393 young people in the UK. Just 29 of those have been re-convicted. This means our re-conviction rate is just 7.3%, compared to a counter factual of 72% for young offenders with 11+ convictions.
As part of the social enterprise community, The Skill Mill likes to ‘buy social’ and support others in the sector – so we encourage you to do the same. With lots of us shopping for the festive season, why not look for presents with purpose? Check out Social Enterprise UK’s Gift Guide and eBay shop, where you can get a 10% discount with code SEDAY10.
Whether it’s creating jobs and opportunities for people on the margins, delivering people-powered public services or taking on the climate emergency, social enterprises are showing us that another way of doing business is possible.