In the run-up to the last general election, the Social Economy Alliance brought together more than 700 organisations and individual supporters to campaign for a UK economy that is better for society. With a snap election around the corner we’re once again campaigning for a truly inclusive economy.

The Social Economy Alliance brings together social enterprises, co-operatives, universities, housing associations, crowdfunders, social investors, think tanks and charities.

SEA Manifesto for an Inclusive Economy 2017

Our core members now are:

  • CAN
  • Charity Finance Group (CFG)
  • Co-operative Energy
  • Co-operatives UK
  • First Ark
  • Fusion 21
  • Locality
  • The National Council of Voluntary Organisations (NCVO)
  • The School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE)
  • Social Investment Business
  • Social Investment Forum
  • Social Enterprise UK
  • UnLtd, the Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs
  • Young Foundation

The Alliance is chaired by Caroline Mason, Chief Executive of the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

Our manifesto is also supported by Community Energy England.


We’re campaigning to create a more social economy in the UK.

We represent a growing movement of ordinary people and communities around the country:

  • One in four people volunteer regularly
  • One in four start-ups are motivated by a social and environmental purpose
  • One in four belong to a co-operative.

We have a positive vision for Britain’s future. A social economy empowers people to solve the problems we face and creates opportunity. Social enterprises and co-operatives are outperforming just-for-profit businesses; alternative banks are thriving; and a growing proportion of start-ups are socially-driven. The UK social investment market is attracting global attention.

We can put power back in the hands of people through economic, financial and business models which embody equality, transparency, democracy and sustainability. Models which, as Theresa May has described, enable people to take greater control over our lives.

We want to build upon:

  • social entrepreneurs creating jobs, increasing social mobility and tackling inequality.
  • co-operative and community-led housing, energy, utilities, fuel, food and transport which reduce the cost of living, foster consumer power and market access.
  • local, democratic and participatory public services, which align interests between taxpayers, public servants and public service users.
  • Innovations in socially responsible finance, from social investment to crowdfunding, which provide alternatives to our fragile financial system.

We are building a more people-powered, sustainable, productive and responsible economy. The future is in our hands.