Written by Lily Barnes • Published 21st November 2019 • 5 minute read

Social enterprises are businesses that are changing the world for the better. Like traditional businesses they aim to make a profit but it’s what they do with their profits that sets them apart – reinvesting or donating them to create positive social change.

According to Social Enterprise UK, the sector is worth £60bn a year to the UK economy. Researchers found that there were about 100,000 social enterprises in the UK in 2018, the report says.

To celebrate #socialenterpriseday, we’re looking at businesses that aim to make a positive impact on people and the environment.



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“Hello I am Negla from Sudan. My grandmother taught me to cook when I got married age 19 – she explained to me it’s very important to be able to cook for your husband. But even then I didn’t take much interest in cooking becuase my auntie and sisters always did the cooking at home for all of us. Then 10 years ago me and my husband and children were forced to leave Sudan because of the war and we arrived to the UK as refugees. We didn’t have my sisters around anymore so I had to start cooking for my family. It was the first time I had properly cooked for my husband and children. They liked my cooking a lot. I started to try lots of different dishes and then I realised I was an amazing cook.” / / Tickets now available for Negla’s Sudanese cookery class on 4th December @coexistcommunitykitchenbristol in Bristol! Event page in our bio / / Sudanese cuisine consists of a generous share of stews and gravies—often eaten by hand—fresh and cooked salads, dips, lime, peanut, rice dishes, sweet and savory pastries, unique breads, and decadent desserts. In line with other Muslim-majority countries, lamb and chicken are the preferred meats. Thanks so much to Coexist Community Kitchen for hosting us! They will have just opened their new kitchen on the 28th November so this is the first time we will be running a Migrateful cookery class in their space, we can’t wait! And thanks @georgethompson.uk for this great picture of Negla 💕

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Migrateful is a cookery and language initiative where asylum seekers, refugees and migrants struggling to access employment in the UK due to legal and linguistic barriers, teach their traditional cuisines to the public. Attending the weekly workshops and teaching their cuisines in the evenings helps to bring chefs out of social isolation. They get to improve their English through regular conversations with English speakers. Migrateful provides English language teaching, training, a support network and work experience to help migrants feel more included.

From Lebanese, Syrian to Ecuadorean cuisine, Migrateful proposes a vast option of course that can be booked just for yourself or as a team building night.


Hubbub is a charity that creates environmental campaigns with a difference. They design playful campaigns that inspire people to make healthier, greener lifestyle choices, which help save money and bring people together. All their campaigns are based on research and insights from across the UK and the world, everything they do is being measured to know what delivers a tangible, positive impact.

For example, Hubbub have launched the ballot bin a few years ago, a customisable bespoke ashtray that tackles cigarette butt litter. Fed up with seeing cigarette butts on the floor, Hubbub came up with an ashtray that asked questions such as “Who’s the best footballer in the world? Ronaldo or Messi” or asking smokers to vote between Trump and Brexit. The user ‘votes’ by choosing one of two slots to dispose of their cigarette butt. Each slot has a window to display the used butts, allowing a public opinion poll to be generated as the old butts pile up on either side.


Founder and multi-award-winning entrepreneur Mursal is a former refugee to the UK from Afghanistan. After seeing her accomplished family struggle to regain employment after forcible displacement, Mursal set out to solve the problem of refugee integration and decided to start Chatterbox.

Chatterbox delivers award-winning tailored language learning services for professionals, taught by expert refugee coaches. Chatterbox learners are matched with a language coach who shares their professional background and interests to unlock their global potential.

The tutors at the start-up firm are all refugees and their work help them to integrate and adapt to their new surroundings. The start-up won the Varkey Foundation’s educational technology award, which recognises innovations destined to have an impact on education in low-income and emerging economies.

Greater Change

Greater Change aims to provide financial support to those who are homeless due to long-term structural failings. Greater Change have acknowledged the fact that people don’t carry cash with them anymore so decided to create an app to donate money to homeless people. The money is then held and accessed securely. It is clear exactly how donations will be spent and homeless will have to agree with their support worker on how they’ll spend it.

Support workers refer only those who are committed to making long-term change. They also provide emotional support during this transition and donations will help people get their ID and ultimately find a job.


Aduna is a social business, which mission is to create sustainable incomes for rural African households. Aduna sources their ingredients from small-scale producers in Africa, creating life-changing income streams. More than 70% of Africa’s population live in rural areas and the majority depend on farming to create income to support themselves and their families.

Through their baobab supply chain, Aduna are working with over 1,100 women in Upper East Ghana who are benefiting from life-changing sustainable income flows where once there were none. Together, these women have over 6,700 dependents – family members who rely on them for care – so the total number of people that are positively impacted is almost 8,000. Aduna’s products include protein bars, a selection of teas including baobab, hibiscus or green tea.

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