Have a ‘Social Summer’ and help society profit

BH Live, the south coast’s leading operator of leisure and event venues, is showcasing its programme of ethical holiday activities and attractions in this year’s Social Enterprise UK summer campaign.

‘Social Summer’ is raising awareness of social enterprises and organisations that improve the communities they work in.

Many of the featured organisations are owned by the community and reinvest the majority of their profits to benefit their local area. From museums and theatres to leisure centres, skate parks and community owned pubs and cafés – Social Summer shows you can help make the world a fairer place and have fun at the same time.

Across Bournemouth and Portsmouth, attractions and activities run by BH Live include ALTITUDE High Ropes Adventure, Clip ‘N Climb, swimming, football, roller skating, cafés, shows and entertainment.

Proceeds generated from these activities support local health, wellbeing and cultural activity programmes for people either on low income, from disadvantaged backgrounds or with health conditions.

Peter Holbrook, Chief Executive of Social Enterprise UK said,“Whether it’s lidos, libraries, museums or zoos there are social enterprise attractions out there for all the family. Pay them a visit, because when they profit so does society.”

Social enterprises are businesses which trade for a social purpose. There are over 80,000 in the UK employing more than a million people and contributing over £24 billion to the economy.

Follow the Social Summer campaign at socialenterprise.org.uk/social-summer


Notes to Editors:
For more information about BH Live please contact:
Elizabeth Symmons, PR & Corporate Communications Executive
E: press.office@bhlive.org.uk
T: (01202) 055562

About BH Live
BH Live is the south coast’s leading operator of leisure and event venues; a social enterprise that designs and builds engaging experiences to inspire people and enrich lives.

With 3.4 million visits a year and over £39 million turnover we are changing lives and are at the heart of the UK’s growing social economy.

In 2016/17 we had 2.9 million leisure centre attendances, hosted more than 500 events and sold over half a million cultural, sporting and entertainment event tickets. We also welcomed 100,000 conference and exhibition delegates into our venues. This contributed an estimated £44 million to the local economy through business and cultural tourism.

For more visit bhlive.org.uk

Get social with us on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter @BHLIVE_UK

About Social Summer
Social Summer digital campaign running through the Summer months, Social Summer is run by Social Enterprise UK – the membership body for social enterprises in partnership with Social Enterprise Northern Ireland, Social Enterprise Scotland and the Wales Co-operative Centre. It is also supported by Power to Change – the independent trust that supports and develops community business in England.

Polling by Travelodge found that 57% of UK residents are planning to “staycation” this summer spending around £31bn over the holiday period.

About Social Enterprises
Social enterprises are businesses which trade for a social purpose that reinvest or donate over half their profits to further this social or environmental mission. They are an increasingly important part of the UK economy contributing £24 billion and employing nearly a million people. Estimates are there are between 70,000 and 80,000 in the UK. Research carried out by Social Enterprise UK, the membership body for the sector, shows they are outperforming traditional businesses when it comes to start-up rates, turnover growth and innovation. They are also ahead of the pack when it comes to workforce diversity and pay.

For more information and statistics see Social Enterprise UK’s State of Social Enterprise Report: The Future of Business – https://www.socialenterprise.org.uk/the-future-of-business-state-of-social-enterprise-survey-2017