Social Enterprise Mark CIC announces new entry-level accreditation scheme for younger and new-start social enterprises

Social Enterprise Mark CIC, the organisation behind the nationally recognised Social Enterprise mark accreditation scheme has just announced the launch of a new accreditation for new-start and young or emerging social enterprises.

Called the Aspiring Social Enterprise accreditation, the company says that this new Mark has been “developed specifically to support aspiring social enterprises to get started on the pathway to social enterprise excellence”. It is aimed at businesses that may only recently have become incorporated, that have not necessarily started trading or have just begun to, or that may have been operating for some time but have been grant dependent, reliant on loans or investment income.

Social Enterprise Mark CIC says that to qualify for the new accreditation enterprises should meet the following criteria:

  • Be primarily dedicated to social objectives.
  • Be an independent business.
  • Be planning to become sustainable through trading income.
  • Commit to dedicating a majority of any annual profit to social purposes.
  • Have a vision of how its social objectives will be achieved.


Social Enterprise Mark CIC says: “Through this new entry-level accreditation, younger and new-start social enterprises can access tailored support to achieve sector-agreed standards of good practice and excellence in social enterprise, represented by the Social Enterprise Mark and Social Enterprise Gold Mark.”

The new accreditation scheme carries an annual fee of £150.00 + VAT.

Find out more about the Social Enterprise Mark and its new Aspiring Social Enterprise accreditation.

Register your interest in achieving the Aspiring Social Enterprise accreditation. UPDATE 29th July 2019: The Social Enterprise Mark has kindly offered a 10% discount on the first year’s licence fee to BSSEC’s readers/followers/network. I suggest you enter “10% discount offer” after your name when registering.

Birmingham UK. Freelance research, evaluation and policy consultant specialising in social enterprise and the third sector. I maintain the BSSEC blog and website

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