Printed Date: 23/04/2018



Social Saturday, the nationwide celebration of social enterprise was launched in dramatic style at GLL’s Better Extreme Skate Park in Barking earlier today.

Attended by the Minister for Civil Society, Rob Wilson MP, the launch kicked off a series of events held by social enterprises throughout the UK in the run up to Social Saturday itself, which will be held on 10th October 2015.

Social Saturday, part of Social Enterprise UK’s Buy Social campaign, aims to raise the profile of the thousands of social enterprises throughout the country who are transforming the way business is done and changing countless lives in the process.

There are around 70,000 social enterprises in the UK who are tackling social and environmental issues, reinvesting or donating their profits to meet their social mission.

The Buy Social campaign raises awareness amongst consumers, and the public and private sectors to get people and procurement teams buying from social enterprises, harnessing their purchasing power to deliver substantial social impact.

Launch event host GLL is a charitable social enterprise which manages over 200 public leisure facilities across the UK, reinvesting any financial surpluses back into community. The state of-the-art skate park in Barking  offers over 900 square metres of skate ramp terrain, with a beginners area and street zone with ledges, ‘flat bars’ and ‘Euro-gaps’, and London’s very first key-hole Birchwood bowl.  The huge venue also includes a sports hall, bespoke wall climbing apparatus and a large gym. GLL offer affordable access to all people regardless of age, income or fitness levels and actively work to attract hard to reach groups in the community who might not engage with conventional sport and exercise.

Peter Holbrook CBE, Chief Executive of Social Enterprise UK said:

“Social Saturday is about making as much noise as possible about the country’s thriving social enterprise sector, and it’s brilliant to launch 2015’s campaign at GLL’s Better Extreme Skate Park. In nearly every town and city in the UK, chances are there is a social enterprise doing fantastic work for the community. Social Saturday is about shining a spotlight on them. From buses and bikes to nurseries and community cafes, coffee and tea suppliers to fashion labels and leisure centres there are social enterprises working in nearly every sector. Let’s build on the momentum of today’s launch and get people buying social on Social Saturday”

Mark Sesnan, Managing Director for GLL said:

“GLL are proud to partner with Social Enterprise UK and the Cabinet Office to launch this years’ Social Saturday campaign. For over 22 years, we have been encouraging people across the nation to ‘buy social’, and we’re proud to see our social enterprise roots flourish as we grow right across the UK. There really is something for everyone at our ‘Better’ facilities – with everything from gyms, leisure centres, day spas, adventure playgrounds, through to our brand new skate and trampoline parks - specifically designed to broaden our product range and increase opportunities for young people to get more active, more often. All part of our core mission to help people buy social and stay healthy at an affordable cost.”

Minister for Civil Society, Rob Wilson, said:

“Social Saturday is a great opportunity for people across the country to buy social and explore the breadth of this vibrant and growing sector. We want to help social enterprises thrive, which is why we are making it easier for people to invest in the social enterprises they support the most, helping us to build a truly compassionate society.”