THINKING ABOUT STARTING A SOCIAL ENTERPRISE?
Social enterprises come in all sizes, from small community cafés to really big international organisations. Setting up a social enterprise – or changing an organisation from a charity, public sector or private business into a successful social enterprise can be a daunting, exhilarating and challenging experience.
This practical start your social enterprise guide takes you through the essentials, from finding investment and funding to deciding on the most suitable legal structure for your social enterprise. Throughout the guide we’ve provided some words of wisdom from social entrepreneurs – what they wish they’d known when they were starting out.
ALREADY WORKING IN SOCIAL ENTERPRISE?
National Consortium of Social Enterprises
This consortium has been set up to make it easier for social enterprises to respond to public procurement opportunities and participate in the delivery of public services. Its focus is on improving the employment prospects for people furthest from the labour market to increase their employability and find quality jobs.
The consortium, which wants to be the go-to provider for commissioners and prime contractors, is seeking to register 1,000 social enterprises by January 2014. The consortium is welcoming applications from organisations that support the employability or employment of people furthest from the labour market.
Social Impact Measurement
Accurate information about the impact your social enterprise is making towards your social goals is very important. Find out how to measure your social value. Find out more.
Free materials to help you promote your social enterprise status
As awareness of social enterprise grows there's good reason to make it clear to your customers, whether they're local authorities, consumers or private businesses, that you're a social enterprise. Find out more.
Buy Social. Buy from fellow social enterprises and support the social economy
In response to social enterprises telling us that they wanted to purchase more services and goods from other organisations with a social mission, we've launched a one year to campaign to support 'inter-trading'. Get involved and buy from your fellow social enterprises. Find out more.
Using the Public Services Social Value Act to win more contracts
We're supporting social enterprises and voluntary sector organisations delivering public sector contracts, advising them on how to make the most of this new law, which came into force in January 2013. Find out more.
Pictured - Bounce Back
This painting and decorating social enterprise provides training, work experience and employment for offenders at the end of their sentences, when re-offending is most likely to occur.
To date, over 130 people have been through the programme. Of these, Bounce Back have supported 80% into paid employment - and only 10% have re-offended.
It costs up to £90,000 a year to keep someone in prison and £29,000 to keep them on benefits. To train someone through Bounce Back costs just £2,500.
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Sources of funding and finance - a list of organisations.
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