We are a Social Enterprise

Dartington is an independent charitable organisation, trading ethically and sustainably as a social enterprise in order to fund our pioneering work.

Our commercial enterprises – The Shops at Dartington and Dartington Hall (our accommodation and catering services arm) – generate funds which are reinvested in our work.

Social Enterprise UK

Dartington is a member of Social Enterprise UK, the UK’s body for social enterprise – businesses that work to help society and protect the environment.SEUK promote social enterprise as the business of choice for everyone, acting as a guarantee that a business is trading for people and planet.

As well as operating as a social enterprise, we look to identify and nurture others to create their own social enterprises through The Social Enterprise Hub. Part of this hub, The School for Social Entrepreneurs Dartington, was launched in January 2010 and is one of ten schools in the UK and beyond.

The SSE was founded by Michael Young, Lord Young of Dartington, a prolific entrepreneur and social innovator, who launched over forty organisations throughout his industrious and impressive career including the Open University, Which Magazine and the Consumers Association. To find out more about SSE Dartington click here.

A few facts about social enterprise

The Government defines social enterprises as “businesses with primarily social objectives whose surpluses are principally reinvested for that purpose in the business or in the community, rather than being driven by the need to maximise profit for shareholders and owners.”

Government data estimates that there are 62,000 social enterprises across the UK, contributing £24 billion to the economy and employing around 800,000 people.

Social enterprises plough the majority of their profits back into activities that benefit people and planet, rather than just lining shareholders pockets.

For more information see www.socialenterprise.org.uk