Social Enterprise

Social Enterprise with University of Plymouth

Plymouth was the first university in the world to be awarded the Social Enterprise Mark in recognition of working as a genuine social enterprise, caring for communities and protecting the planet. The University held this accreditation from 2011 to 2018. As well as being a social enterprise in its own right, University of Plymouth acts as a driving force, using world-class research and entrepreneurial expertise to boost social enterprise in the community, helping to drive sustainable growth by creating jobs, wealth and social cohesion. 

Our regular events around social enterprise bring together socially-minded individuals from all over the country to share ideas, knowledge and experiences, and inspire others. We run webinars, workshops and conferences, and are actively developing links with universities internationally to create impact. Recent projects include a global research study on social enterprise and HEIs for the British Council, a pan-European programme providing training tools for vocational trainers, and a joint project with an Indian HEI to create a social enterprise formation zone in Orissa.

Social Enterprise Mark

Plymouth is the first university in the world to be awarded the Social Enterprise Mark in recognition of working as a genuine social enterprise, caring for communities and protecting the planet. The University held this accreditation from 2011 to 2018.

Social Enterprise City

University of Plymouth supported other organisations in the city's application to Social Enterprise UK to be a 'Social Enterprise City'.

Social Enterprise Zone

Following Plymouth's 'Social Enterprise City' status, Cornwall has been awarded 'Social Enterprise Zone' status from Social Enterprise UK. With so much social enterprise activity in the region, Plymouth is a great place to live, work and study.

Graduate: Dominic List

It’s fantastic to see University of Plymouth supporting social enterprise as a concept as well as doing so much to support the local economy.

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Start-up: Story Jug

University of Plymouth has been very supportive of me as I sought to start up a social enterprise company as well as providing such a great atmosphere for me to work in.

Find out more about Joanna's company