Bates Wells has agreed a three-year partnership with Social Enterprise UK (SEUK), which will build on previous strategic partnerships going back to 2014.

SEUK is the national membership body for social enterprise. Its members range from start-ups and micro-enterprises to large and well-established social enterprises, as well as public and private sector organisations supportive of social enterprise.

Bates Wells supports social enterprises – as advisors and advocates for the movement. We have a track record of innovation, policy work and direct support for the sector. This ranges from working with government to introduce the Community Interest Company (CIC) model, through to supporting the development of Social Investment Tax Relief (SITR). Day to day we advise social enterprises on setting up and arranging loans and investment, through to employment and real estate issues, handling IP and resolving disputes.

The partnership will see an annual programme of support for SEUK’s members including leadership events and webinars, the establishment of a people and culture network for peer-to-peer learning, and further collaboration on how organisations can embed purpose into social ventures.

We look forward to getting started on this year’s programme of activity.