Plymouth will live up to its billing as the UK’s first Social Enterprise City by hosting events to mark national Social Saturday on Saturday, October 10.
The date has been selected as a nationwide day of events and activities to celebrate the country’s growing social enterprise sector.
Social enterprises of the Plymouth Social Enterprise Network (PSEN) will gather at Devonport Guildhall for the Social Saturday Showcase from 10am – 4pm.
Organised by the Real Ideas Organisation (RIO), the aim of the showcase is to raise awareness of just how easy it is to support businesses that trade quality items and services and invest profits in projects supporting the local community international development, the environment, charities and a wealth of other progressive schemes.
Louise Evans, venue manager at Devonport Guildhall, said: “Social enterprise is changing the way people do business around the world – it is hugely exciting to be able to get some of Plymouth’s most exciting and diverse organisations all under one roof.”
Other events taking place on Saturday include a Social Enterprise Chat Drop in with Iridescent Ideas CIC at Devonport Guildhall. Plymouth University is holding its Undergraduate Open Day and PSEN member Tamar Grow Local is taking part in the first Tamar Festival, a day packed with everything from talks to craft workshops, and tasty Tamar produce to live music. Entry is free.
Gareth Hart, PSEN chair, said: “Following the huge success of the first Social Saturday last year, we want to encourage the community to buy social once again. We urge people to visit the Devonport Guildhall and the other events around Plymouth on what promises to be a great day for social enterprises in our Social Enterprise City.”
Peter, Holbrook, chief executive of Social Enterprise UK, said: “Social Enterprises are redefining how business gets done. When you buy from them, society profits. What’s more they are out-performing regular businesses on growth and impact.”
“Social Saturday is all about celebrating and raising awareness about our growing movement.This year we want to really put social enterprise on the map through a range of events across the country.”
“When you buy from social enterprises your money goes so much further.”
Source: Plymouth Herald