About Social Enterprise FAQs 10. Can I register to become a social enterprise? There is no single regulator for social enterprises. Unlike charities, social enterprises take a range of legal forms so they are regulated by a range of different bodies. For example: Community Interest Companies are regulated by Companies house and the Community Interest Company Regulator Standard companies limited by share and guarantee are regulated by Companies House Social enterprises with charitable status are regulated by the Charity Commission In the end, being a social enterprise is about adopting a set of operational principles. These include: Having a clear social and/or environmental mission (set out in your governing documents) Generating the majority of your income through trade Reinvesting the majority of your profits to further the social mission This is regardless of what form the organisation takes. So if you have these in place – you are acting as a social enterprise. There is no social enterprise regulator, but if you do want to be recognised as a social enterprise, join Social Enterprise UK and you will receive a certified social enterprise member badge to use in your electronic and printed materials.