BQ launches campaign to recognise social entrepreneurs across the UK

BQ launches campaign to recognise social entrepreneurs across the UK

Social entrepreneurship makes a vitally important difference to the society we live in and BQ’s campaign aims to celebrate the people behind some of the most passionate, driven, and innovative socially-aimed businesses in the UK.

As part of this focus we are launching the UK Social Entrepreneur Index which will feature entrepreneurs running businesses with a social purpose.

The campaign will focus on the entrepreneurs behind the businesses; telling their story and providing inspiration to thousands of others in the process.

Throughout the campaign a small number of UK ambassadors will help promote social entrepreneurship and work with BQ through the process to identify future role models.

BQ’s Bryan Hoare explained: “Over the last 10 years, BQ has been dedicated to celebrating and inspiring entrepreneurship across the UK.

“As part of this focus we are now launching the UK Social Entrepreneur Index to feature entrepreneurs running businesses with a social purpose.

“Our campaign will be people focused – looking at what drives the entrepreneurs behind these businesses and how what they do makes an impact.

“There are many organisations putting weight behind recognising social entrepreneurship and we want to play our small part in increasing this momentum.

Rosie Ginday, founder of Miss Macaroon

BQ has already appointed its first two social ambassadors: Alan Mahon, founder of fast-growing Scottish social enterprise Brewgooder, that is turning craft beer into clean drinking water and Rosie Ginday, founder of Miss Macaroon that donates profits from its baking business to support employment training opportunities for young people.

Alan explained: “Social entrepreneurship is an increasingly attractive and credible career path for young people looking to make their mark on the world, and improve it for others.  By showcasing the stories and achievements of successful social entrepreneurs I hope the UK Social Entrepreneur Index acts as a continued source of inspiration for the next generation to achieve even greater things and that’s why it has my backing.”

Rosie said: "It's a really exciting time for social enterprise with innovative businesses creating huge social change and gaining mainstream recognition. I'm delighted to support the BQ Social Entrepreneur Index to help shine a light on social entrepreneurs pushing the movement forward, encouraging people to buy social, changing lives and improving the environment."

UBS Global Wealth Management is playing a key role in supporting the Social Entrepreneur Index, acting as lead partners to help deliver the campaign across the UK.

Jonathan Brown, head of regions at UBS Wealth Management, said, “With significant levels of wealth being created in the regions, UBS Wealth Management’s focus is on the whole of the UK, not just London. Many of our clients are entrepreneurs, and we’re seeing more and more often that they are seeking to act in a responsible way, whether that is through investing sustainably or ensuring their businesses have a positive social impact. We want to ensure these entrepreneurs see their efforts recognised and supported, and that’s why we are delighted to partner with BQ on its inaugural Social Entrepreneur Index.”

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The UK Social Entrepreneur Index, sponsored by UBS, is a celebration of social entrepreneurship across the UK. 

Open to social entrepreneurs tackling a social or environmental issue at any scale, entrants will act as beacons of inspiration for others to encompass positive social impact.

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Published: 21 November 2018

Article by Ellen McGann
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