Social Enterprise Unit success stories

Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME)

The Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) is a United Nations-supported initiative founded in 2007 as a platform to raise the profile of sustainability in schools around the world, and to equip today's business students with the understanding and ability to deliver change tomorrow. Ten students from Hertfordshire Business School’s Social and Cultural Impact of Tourism module were winners in the PRME Responsible Business and Management Writing Competition.


Enactus Hertfordshire is part of the worldwide Enactus network, supporting and inspiring students to improve the world through entrepreneurial action. Our team is a student-led society guided by a University Advisor from HBS. We work with businesses and academic leaders to develop projects that transform challenges and ideas into sustainable solutions. We are among the 60 universities in the UK working with Enactus UK on improving life, impacting and empowering individuals. To date, Enactus Hertfordshire has impacted over 70 lives and empowered two individuals through the social projects that the team build and sustain.

European Regional Development Fund

The Social Enterprise Unit won £34,500 in funding from the European Regional Development Fund, under the KEEP+ Programme. The resulting project focused on assisting The Steven Sinnott Foundation, an international educational charity, in developing a sustainable business plan.

Dragons’ Apprentice Challenge

For nine years running, the Social Enterprise Unit partnered with Community Central St Albans in the Dragons’ Apprentice Challenge. Teams of pupils from local schools (‘apprentices’) were partnered with business mentors (‘dragons’) and challenged to turn £100 seed money into at least £1000 for a local charity by developing a business idea. The gala Awards Evenings for finalists were held at the University’s Weston Auditorium and the Challenge raised in excess of £25,000 each year for the charities.