The aim of Social Saturday 2016 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.

Social Saturday is led by the national body, Social Enterprise UK (SEUK) and is supported by the Cabinet Office. It is part of SEUK's award-winning Buy Social campaign. Social Saturday began in 2014.

Social enterprises operate in and support a vast array of sectors.

Following the immense success of last year's inaugural Social Saturday, this year, on 15th October 2016 it is anticipate Social Saturday 2016 to be a true testament to the strength and influence of the social enterprise movement. 


So what do we need from you?

If you are a consumer, then consume!

Social Saturday is all about encouraging people to buy from social enterprises, businesses that put people and planet first. Unleash your spending power and make a difference.

It is a day to celebrate and buy from local social enterprises, business for good. 

Social Saturday is an opportunity for social enterprises to shout out loud about the brilliant work they are doing, to get new customers and to be part of a national campaign, supported by the government.

There are lots of ways in which to get involved at home and work.

Tweet about your purchase, either #SocialSaturday2016 or #SocialSatSouthend to spread the message. We’d love to see what you’ve bought and who it’s helped!

Buy social, shop social and make a BIG difference!


If you are a social enterprise, or business you can take part!

As a social enterprise, we’d also love you to get involved in this year’s Social Saturday campaign. To date, there are a number of events being held that have been planned, so dont miss out tell us what you are doing! 

We encourage you to join in, team up or go solo but we want to see as many events as possible in the run up to Social Saturday.

Businesses can get involved by looking to buy from social enterprises to improve your supply chain.

We will also tweet about you if you are a Social Enterprise throughout #SocialSaturday2016 on 15th October 2016

All you have to do to be involved is to send us a Tweet @Businessonsea or Email: & tell us about your Social Enterprise business or offers or what you are up to! Its FREE and EASY so what are you waiting for!



Leadership & Assertiveness, Sharpening your skills to lead from the front

Tuesday, 11 October 2016
9:00am to 12:00pm
The Tickfield Centre - Tickfield Industrial Estate Tickfield Ave, Southend-on-Sea, SS2 6LL

Successful leadership requires two things; vision, and a capacity to communicate that vision effectively and with passion.

Leadership is about being the captain of your ship. You need to set the course, and watch out for the icebergs. You also need to ensure the departments of your ship are all working together towards your common goal. And if you spend too much time in the engine room and lose sight of where you are going, you could easily run into trouble!

This seminar is designed for Social Enterprises and it takes you through the principles and practice of managing with leadership and appropriate assertiveness.

To book your place on this exciting workshop, pleae click here

Let’s Do Business Southend

Thursday 13th October 2016
8.00am – 9.30am
The Hive, The Old Central Library, Victoria Ave, Southend-on-Sea SS2 6EX.

Let’s do Business is a networking breakfast bringing local employers and schools together to launch a new initiative to support the careers and employability learning of the young people in Southend.

In addition you will hear inspiring stories from students, teachers and employers that have already experienced the benefits of employer engagement in schools and why this support is very much needed to make a difference not just to the lives of our young people but also in addressing the skills gaps in the local labour market.

There will be an opportunity to network with colleagues from other businesses and schools to share ideas and build your understanding of how you can be involved.

Places are limited so please so if you would like to attend please reserve you place as soon as possible. To register to attend, please click here.

Cybercrime Prevention

Thursday 13th October
4.00pm – 6.00pm
The Hive, 2nd Floor, The Old Central Library, Victoria Avenue, Southend on Sea, SS2 6EX

The rise of cybercrime and its potentially devasting impact on a Social Enterprise businesses has led Palmers Solicitors to host a series of interactive business education events. The focus of these events is to provide decision makers with a greater understanding of the risks of cybercrime to their businesses and to provide an introduction to the necessary training and required investment in IT, insurance and personel systems so that employers can start to reduce those risks.

The panel will include experts from the Palmers Law own commercial team, and:

City of London Police – John Unsworth (Director of Economic and Cyber Crime Prevention Centre (ECPC))

Barclays – Dean Coppen (Relationship Director)

Cyber Strategies Limited – Paul Rolison (Director)

To book your place please click here