Social Firms UK aims to create employment opportunities for people severely disadvantaged in the labour market, through the development and support of Social Firms. Our vision statement is:
"To be the voice for Social Firms, encouraging, supporting and facilitating growth in the sector"
The company, Social Firms UK, is the national support structure for Social Firm development in the UK. It is registered as a charity in Scotland No. SC030949 and is a Company Limited by Guarantee registered in Scotland No. 214915. The registered office is at 54 Manor Place, Edinburgh EH3 7EH. However, the office from which the majority of office communication is carried out is at First Floor, Furness House, 53 Brighton Road, Redhill, Surrey RH1 6RD.
Social Firms UK has a wholly owned subsidiary called Social Firms UK Ventures Ltd which is registered as a Company Limited by Guarantee in England No. 3769242. The registered office for this company is First Floor, Furness House, 53 Brighton Road, Redhill, Surrey RH1 6RD. Social Firms UK Ventures Ltd is VAT registered.
Social Firms UK has approximately 300 members. The national company represents the interests of the Social Firm sector and plays a role in lobbying and dissemination activities (see Membership Services section - Outline of Member Services). Information about activities in 2007 can be found in the Social Firms UK 2007 Annual Report.