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UBS Social Entrepreneur Index

The Social Entrepreneur Index 2020
The UK Social Entrepreneur Index recognises and celebrates our country's hardworking, passionate and purpose-driven social entrepreneurs and their businesses. Entrants act as beacons of inspiration for others to embrace positive social impact whatever their field and scale, to tackle social and environmental issues in the UK and around the world.

A collaborative campaign, the Index's team of corporate partners, supporters and ambassadors deliver inspiring content that gives nominees the opportunity to raise their profile, host a series of events to strengthen networks and of course, assess, compile and celebrate the Index

The inaugural Index, sponsored by UBS and supported by Social Enterprise Mark, was a great success and launched in April 2019. 

"We have been incredibly impressed with the significant logistical organisation that sits behind the Index. The event execution and content produced by the team exceeded expectations and generated great brand awareness. The quality of the applications has been of the highest level and we have no doubt that the index will go from strength to strength".

Jonathan Brown, managing director, UBS Wealth Management


"Supporting the UK Social Entrepreneur Index is important to us as it signals our commitment to supporting social entrepreneurs at every stage of their journey. The partnership has enhanced our brand recognition by enabling us to share useful content via the campaign. The events gave us direct access to a wide range of social entrepreneurs at every level, allowing us to introduce our accreditation packages and build relationships. We've also forged a new strategic partnership via connections made through the Index's supporter and ambassador network."

Lucy Findlay MBE, managing director, Social Enterprise Mark CIC


In 2020, UMi, in partnership with Social Enterprise Mark, Inspiring Women Changemakers and the School for Social Entrepreneurs, celebrated the announcement of the second Social Entrepreneur Index with an online celebration event on Friday 31 July 2020.

Together, the entrants and organisers celebrated the social impact, creativity and innovation of 55 of the UK’s most inspiring social entrepreneurs and 19 companies that are “ones to watch” – the judges felt in the coming year these will be entrepreneurs that will be making a significant impact.

The online event gave social entrepreneurs, ambassadors, judges and supporters the opportunity to network one-on-one and also in a group discussion.

The group discussions focused on social entrepreneurs being at the forefront of solutions to so many of society's biggest challenges. When testing times - such as the COVID-19 situation or an economic downturn - arise, what can businesses of all kinds learn from the social entrepreneur's approach? Look out for the report on the discussions in the coming weeks.

Attendees heard from Nicki Clark, Chief Executive, UMI; Kate Welch, Social Enterprise Acumen; Anj Handa, Inspiring Women Changemakers and Lucy Findlay Social Enterprise Mark.

“Over many years, UMi has been celebrating and inspiring entrepreneurship across the UK. As part of this focus, the UK Social Entrepreneur Index is a celebration of entrepreneurs running businesses with social purposes who we hope will also act as beacons of inspiration for others to encompass positive social impact. It was great to bring everyone involved in the index together online and celebrate and share ideas and good practice with each other.”

Nicki Clark, Chief Executive, UMi