Social businesses account for a large and growing portion of the UK business sector. Their business models lie on a spectrum ranging from strongly commercial to purely charitable, with many combining these elements to respond to complex and challenging community, environmental and broader societal concerns.
However, these businesses are not usually seen as high growth.
Using data from the Annual ScaleUp Survey, in-depth interviews with social scaleup leaders and an analysis of equity investments into 231 social businesses, this report reveals the nature of the social scaleup ecosystem in the UK.
This report was produced jointly by the ScaleUp Institute and Barclays. The analysis of equity investments into social businesses was performed by Barclays.