October 14th is Social Saturday, a national day to celebrate and buy from social enterprises - businesses set up to address some of the biggest social and environmental challenges we face. They’re creating jobs where they’re most needed, regenerating communities and protecting our environment. There are now nearly 80,000 social enterprises in the UK and this number keeps on growing. As someone who ran his own social enterprise and with a wife who started her own small business on Ramsbottom Market, I’m a big supporter of the many fantastic local businesses and enterprises across our two fantastic market towns.
This year the main theme of the campaign is to ask consumers to swap just one everyday product for a social enterprise alternative - making one small change with a BIG impact. Whether its tea and coffee, jewellery, furniture, clothing, chocolate or your evening meal, chances are there’s a social enterprise out there for you. Your gym may even be run as a social enterprise. If you buy the Big Issue, have had a bar of Divine Chocolate or drunk a mug of Cafédirect coffee you’ve already supported some social enterprises.
In Bury and across Greater Manchester, there are more and more social enterprises being set up to benefit local communities. They are boosting our local economy, creating jobs and opportunities. I fully support this campaign led by Social Enterprise UK, it’s a chance for all of us to use our spending power to make a real difference to people’s lives locally, nationally and around the world.
To find out more about how you can support social enterprises visit www.socialsaturday.org.uk.
MP for Bury North