What is Social Enterprise?

“Social enterprises are businesses set up to tackle a social or environmental need.”

Rather than maximising profit for shareholders or owners, profits are
reinvested into the community or back into the business, It’s this which makes
social enterprise the most exciting and inspiring business movement in the

  • Can be distinguished from private businesses in the way they use their profits for
    social gain
  • Are diverse – include local, mutual organisations (co-operatives) and large-scale organisations
  • Entrepreneurial, calculated risk-taking
  •  Enable individuals and communities to work towards regenerating their local neighbourhoods
  • Help to develop active citizenship

International Inspiration

Grameenbank http://www.grameen-info.org/index.phpoption=com_content&task=view&id=19&Itemid=114

Divine Chocolate http://www.divinechocolate.com/default.aspx  \

TheHUB http://the-hub.net/

READinternational http://www.readinternational.org.uk/

National Inspiration

The Big Issue http://www.bigissue.com/

Fifteen Restaurant http://www.fifteen.net/Pages/default.aspx

Worn Again http://www.wornagain.co.uk/

Local Inspiration

Growing Communities http://www.growingcommunities.org/

Bikeworks http://www.bikeworks.org.uk/

Heely City Farm http://www.heeleyfarm.org.uk/

SCEDU http://www.scedu.org.uk/

What Social Enterprises Inspire You?


1 thought on “What is Social Enterprise?”

  1. Hurd hints at legal definition for social enterprise

    Former Communities Secretary Hazel Blears MP has called for a legal definition for social enterprises, while minister for civil society Nick Hurd has conceded that such a definition may be required.

    Read More http://www.civilsociety.co.uk/governance/news/content/10800/hurd_hints_at_legal_definition_for_social_enterprise

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