Top 100 social enterprises in UK revealed: NatWest SE100 2022

Building back better, bouncing back bigger: the latest NatWest SE100 Index – an annual listing of the UK’s top 100 social enterprises – reveals growth in turnover, profit and impact. Read on to find out who made this year’s list…

Social enterprises are a difficult bunch to categorise. The NatWest SE100 Index, revealed today, encompasses makers of underwear, tea, jewellery and upcycled furniture. It includes providers of diverse services – from dental care to music therapy to open-access academic publishing. And it features many organisations set up to help other social ventures, for example to access finance, find new clients or develop skills. 

Taken together, though, these 100 social enterprises – selected by our judges on a range of criteria including business sustainability, innovation and social impact – tell one fairly convincing story of growth and optimism.


Find out which of this year's finalists will take home one of seven Social Business Awards, at the NatWest SE100 awards ceremony on Thursday 23 June.

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The 100 enterprises posted a combined total turnover of more than a third of a billion pounds (£388m), up from £335m the year before.

Not all the top 100 were profitable this year, but in total the group made a combined profit of nearly £15.5m – significantly higher than the year before, during the height of the Covid pandemic.

And the average growth in annual turnover for the top 100 was 84% – suggesting that the UK’s top social businesses are bouncing back strongly from one of the most challenging periods in recent times.

Social entrepreneurs are a stubborn breed: not only do they want to do better in terms of profitability and impact, they also want to be better in the values that they stand for

Of the 165 social enterprises who completed this part of our SE100 survey as part of this year’s application process, 68% told us they were doing better in terms of profitability and sustainability compared with the previous year, and 26% said they were doing about the same. Only 6% said they were in a worse position. 

The figures on social impact are even more encouraging: 88% told us they were making more positive impact than during the Covid crisis, and 10% said they were doing about the same. Only 2% told us they were currently making less impact now than during the pandemic.


Working hard on inequality and climate change

The top 100 social enterprises include 29 finalists of this year’s NatWest Social Business Awards, announced last week, who are up for a top prize in seven special categories. 

Tim West, founding editor of Pioneers PostTim West - Pioneers Post, who created the SE100 in partnership with NatWest more than a decade ago, said: “With average growth of 84% among our top 100 – and 88% of SE100 applicants reporting that they are making a more positive impact since the Covid crisis – the indications are that the UK’s social enterprises are on the way up after experiencing some very challenging times.

“What’s also clear from broader information captured in our SE100 survey is that social enterprises are working harder on issues such as social and racial equality and their impact on climate and the environment, even if these are not their key areas of business.

“In times of uncertainty, including more economic discomfort ahead, it would be understandable – perhaps sensible too – for any organisation to focus on their core business aims. But social entrepreneurs are a stubborn breed: not only do they want to do better in terms of their profitability and impact, they also want to be better in terms of the way they operate and the values that they stand for.”

It is always uplifting to read about the impact, strength and resilience of UK social enterprises

Megan Virrels, CEO at NatWest Social & Community Capital, said: “Congratulations to all those who have been named in this year’s NatWest SE100. In our work at Social & Community Capital, we have the privilege of meeting many amazing, impactful organisations and we are committed to supporting their work across the UK, both through our community business loans and through initiatives such as the SE100 Awards, which we have supported for more than 10 years.

“It is always uplifting to read about the impact, strength and resilience of UK social enterprises – and we look forward to hearing the stories of the award winners when they are announced next week.”

Scroll down for the full list of this year’s top 100, and join us on Thursday 23 June to find out who will be named this year's NatWest SE100 Award Winners.



Note: social enterprises are listed in alphabetical order.


Ace Music Therapy CIC

Active Prospects

ARK at Egwood CIC

Arkbound Foundation CIO

Asperger East Anglia 

Be Inclusive Hospitality


BEF (Business Enterprise Fund)

Bikeworks CIC

Bloody Good Employers

Bolster Community


Bristol & Bath Regional Capital

Children's University Trust

Circle Scotland CIC

Clean for Good Limited

Clean Slate Training and Employment

Clear Voice Interpreting Services


Coffee Saints

Community Wood Recycling

Connector Media CIC / The Sewing Rooms

Dechomai Ltd

Disability Roadmap CIC

Dot Dot Dot

Do it Now Now

Earth Doctors Ltd (Big River Bakery)

East Brighton Food Cooperative

Eastside Primetimers

Eat, Sleep, Ride, CIC


Finance Innovation Lab

Find Your Voice CIC

Firstport for Social Entrepreneurs Ltd

Forward Carers CIC

Furniture Plus

Generation Success

Gloucestershire Grace Network

Glyn Wylfa Ltd

Grassroots for Good

Greenwich Leisure Ltd

Groundwork North Wales

GTS Solutions CIC

Happy Smiles Training CIC

Hatch Enterprise


Iconic Steps

Impact Hub King's Cross

Innovating Minds CIC

InPower Academy CIC

Just One Tree CIC

London Development Trust

Make Pivot Ltd

Manor House Development Trust


Micro Rainbow CIC

Music Broth


New Ground Creations (NGC)

Nickel Support CIC

Noise Solution CIC

Now! Charity Group

Nuneation Signs Limited

Nurtio Limited (Care4All)

Open Book Publishers


Peninsula Dental Social Enterprise

Petit Miracles


Point and Sandwick Trust

Primary Care International (PCI)

Prime Advocates Ltd – Social Finance Hot Desk


Radiant Cleaners

Resonance Ltd

SafetyNet Technologies

Secret Projects Community Benefit Society

See Around Britain

Selnet Ltd

Shared Interest Society

Social and Sustainable Capital (SASC)

Social Ark

Social Investment Scotland (SIS)

Social Stories Club

Social Value Exchange

Supply Change

The Boury Academy CIC

The Community Impact Initiative CIC

The Edinburgh Remakery

The Integrate Agency CIC

The Social Change Nest

Tierra Foods

Touch Network CIC

Upturn Enterprise Ltd

User Voice

We Make Places CIC

Well Grounded Jobs CIC

Y.O.U Underwear

Year Here

Yes Futures


You can read more about the NatWest SE100 in our SE100 Collection. More questions? Read the NatWest SE100 Criteria and FAQ.


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