We are delighted to acknowledge the following funders who are currently contributing to our work:


 Social Firms UK is a partner in the INWORK project which is sharing good practice in social enterprise and employment and employability of people at the margins of the labour market, because of substance abuse, mental health problems, prison records or homelessness. Other partners are base in the Netherlands, Portugal, Austria, Switzerland, France, Czech Republic.  See 

 The Office for Civil Society (OCS) are supporting Ministers in their commitment to:

  • make it easier to run a charity, social enterprise or voluntary organisation;
  • get more resources into the sector and strengthen its independence and resilience; and
  • make it easier for sector organisations to work with the state.

The OCS works across government to translate the Big Society vision into practical policies and to deliver a radical change in the relationship between citizen and state. OCS reports to the Informal Ministerial group on Big Society and to the Home Affairs Cabinet Committee.

The OCS was created in the Cabinet Office in May 2010. The OCS structure includes the following five teams: 

  • Big Society Policy and Analysis
  • Public Services
  • Charities and Sector Support
  • Social Investment and Social Enterprise
  • Social Action

Social Firms UK is a strategic partner to the OCS in a 'Social Enterpreneurship Partnership' with the School for Social Entrepreneurs, UnLtd, CAN and the Plunkett Foundation

The Sobell Foundation was established by the late Sir Michael Sobell in 1977 for general charitable purposes and is a grant-making trust with which he was actively involved until shortly before his death in 1993.  Grants tend to be made in line with the founder’s interests which are principally causes benefiting children, the sick, elderly, needy and disabled.