Many buyers prefer ‘socially responsible’ firms

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Saturday is the UK’s first Social Saturday – a day to raise awareness and boost the numbers of consumers buying from social enterprises.

In the North West, 43 per cent of people think there should be more socially responsible businesses to buy from. Social enterprises are seen as businesses that have a positive impact on communities and the environment.

Social Saturday also celebrates the fact that the UK has the world’s largest social enterprise sector.

Research released today by Social Enterprise UK and the Cabinet Office shows that British adults are concerned about where and how they buy products and services.

The research shows that many British people have strong views about buying from businesses known to be irresponsible.

Brooks Newmark, Minister for Civil Society, said: “A staggering 82 per cent of social enterprises reinvest their profits locally and Social Saturday is an opportunity for people across the country to explore the breadth of this vibrant and growing sector. There is clearly a demand for people to buy social and there are now more ways than ever for people to invest socially as well”.