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5th September 2023

Tap Social Movement Shortlisted for National Award

Oxford-based Tap Social Movement is a finalist in the UK Social Enterprise Awards, recognising it as one of the country’s most innovative and impactful businesses.‌‌‌‌‌‍‌‌‌‌‌‍‌‌‌‌‌

Social enterprises are mission-led businesses that reinvest or donate most of their profits for a social or environmental purpose. Tap Social Movement is a craft brewery and hospitality organisation that exists to train, support, and employ people from prison and prison leavers across the company, including at its Kidlington production brewery and five Oxfordshire hospitality venues.

Tap Social Movement beat stiff competition to make the shortlist for the UK Social Enterprise Awards this year, which attracted more than 400 entries from all over the country. Awards recognise sector-leading excellence and innovation across a diverse range of criteria, and Tap Social Movement is a finalist in the ‘Consumer-Facing Social Enterprise of the Year’ category.

Tess Taylor, co-founder and director at Tap Social Movement, said: “We’re incredibly honoured to be shortlisted for such an award, particularly since there are so many other social enterprises making a massive difference across the UK,” says Taylor. “This nomination is so motivating for our entire team, and we’re very pleased to represent Oxfordshire on this national stage.”

Tap Social Movement will join other finalists and VIP guests at a prestigious awards ceremony in London’s iconic Roundhouse on Thursday, 30 November, when the winners will be revealed.

The Awards are run by Social Enterprise UK, the leading membership body for social enterprises. There are more than 100,000 social enterprises in the UK, employing around two million people and contributing £60bn to the national economy each year – while also tackling some of the biggest challenges facing people and the planet.

Peter Holbrook CBE, chief executive of Social Enterprise UK, commented: “Our Awards are the ultimate showcase of the impact and excellence of social enterprises. ‌‌‌‌‌‌‍‌‌‌‌‌‍‌‌‌‌Those who made the shortlist are a beacon of innovation, optimism and resilience in turbulent times.

“‌‌‌‌‌‌‍‌‌‌‌‌‍‌‌‌‌‌These are trailblazers and standard-setters for better business, making profit but not putting it before people and planet – and they do all this under the same immense pressures as other businesses, with the long-term impacts of Covid and a national cost of living crisis. ‌‌‌‌‌‌‍‌‌‌‌‌‍‌‌‌‌

“The challenges we face as a society demand new approaches and a shift in how businesses – big and small – act.‌‌‌‌‌‍‌‌‌‌‌‍‌‌‌‌ Social enterprises celebrated at our Awards are the brightest stars in a brilliant sector, giving us all inspiration and motivation to do business better.” ‌‌‌‌‌‌‍‌‌‌‌‌‍‌‌‌‌‌

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Notes to editors

About social enterprises

Social enterprises are businesses that trade for a social purpose and reinvest or donate more than half their profits to further their social or environmental mission. A growing strength in British business, there are more than 100,000 social enterprises in the UK, employing around two million people and contributing £60bn to the economy.

SEUK research shows social enterprises are outperforming traditional businesses when it comes to start-up rates, turnover growth and innovation. They are also ahead of the pack in terms of workforce diversity and pay. For more information and statistics, see SEUK’s State of Social Enterprise Report 2021.

About Social Enterprise UK

Social Enterprise UK (SEUK) is the UK membership body for social enterprises.

We lead the world’s largest network of businesses with a social or environmental purpose, working together to create a fairer economy and a more sustainable future for everyone. We exist to be a strong voice for our social enterprise, demonstrating the difference that mission-led businesses are making in the world and influencing decision-makers to create an environment where this way of doing business can thrive.

We campaign on behalf of the social enterprise community, having led public policy for decades and helped to pass the Social Value Act (2012), using the mounting evidence from our comprehensive research to make the case for change. We drive cross-sector collaboration, working with private companies and public institutions to bring social enterprises into their supply chains, helping any organisation to create positive social and environmental impact.

Find out more and join the community at

About Tap Social Movement

Founded in 2016, Tap Social Movement is a craft brewery, social enterprise, and hospitality organisation that provides training and employment for people in prison and prison leavers. To date it has created more than 70,000 hours of paid work for people in this group, and reached hundreds more through interviews, fairs, and workshops. In 2023 it also earned the ‘Purposeful Business Award’ at the Oxfordshire Business Awards, as well as ‘Best Community Food Endeavour’ at the Ox in a Box Food Awards.

Tap Social currently manages five venues across Oxfordshire: its flagship taproom, The White House by Tap Social, The Market Tap by Tap Social, Tap Social at Lock29, and Proof Social Bakehouse.

Find out more at


Brian Spencer

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