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UK Social Enterprise Mark to Go International?

There are reports that the UK Social Enterprise Mark, something I have blogged about before, may start going international. The Social Enterprise Mark could launch in Finland in the first step of an international roll out. The Social Enterprise Mark Company is in talks with Finnish social enterprise support organisation Syfo about expanding the existing Mark. Talks started in September and there is not yet a date for a possible launch. The Social Enterprise Mark company runs the branding programme for UK social enterprises.

There are now 372 Mark holders in the UK, each of which paid £99 to become a member. This introductory rate has now increased with membership starting from £350, depending on turnover. I like the idea of a mark for social purpose organisations but I feel that the UK Social Enterprise Mark is somewhat limiting in its scope. Ireland doesn’t have as many organisations that would qualify for the UK mark. I would prefer to see a potential ‘Social Purpose’ mark that would be wider and allow more organisations to be involved that don’t technically count as social enterprises. A project for a social entrepreneur to take on board perhaps? More information on this story here.

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