Through our Social Enterprise Focus programmes we have taken a leading role in supporting social enterprises. We have helped them start up, plan for growth and market themselves, as well as forge collaborative networks and improve readiness to bid for public and private sector contracts.
We are now seeing important trends emerge, including the growing desire, even amongst the more traditional social enterprises and charities, to trade and become more financially sustainable.
We know that in addition to delivering high quality services and reaching out to communities, social enterprises have the potential to compete with mainstream businesses, to innovate, export and inspire. We are developing partnerships that will provide the skills and expertise to make this happen and ensure that the sector cements its role at the centre of economic development.
Social Enterprise Focus Programme Manager
63% of social enterprises
expect turnover to increase in 2-3 years
70,000 social enterprises in the UK
employ around a million people
£24 billion social enterprise
contribution to the UK economy
Business Support Contracts with a focus on Social Enterprise
Social Enterprise Focus Cornwall : Closed June 2015
Social Enterprise Focus Cornwall service officially closed in June 2015. It aimed to increase the number and size of contracts being won by facilitating business development, collaboration and engagement of potential product and service buyers. All support and activities offered through the project are paid for by the ERDF Convergence Programme and free to eligible clients and partners. Business assistance delivered by the advisory service is subject to EU ‘de minimis’ state aid regulations.
Social Enterprise Focus Torbay
The service supports at start-up and established social enterprises, supporting them to grow their organisations, through business planning, funding, marketing and many other aspects of business.
Social Enterprise Focus Plymouth: Closed June 2014
The Social Enterprise Focus Plymouth service officially closed in June 2014. It was aimed at start-up and established social enterprises, supporting them to grow their organisations, through business planning, funding, marketing and many other aspects of business.
Improve Your Resource Efficiency : Closed December 2013
The IYRE service officially closed on the 31st December 2013.
The service was tailored to business needs and offered 12 hours of free and impartial specialist environmental support.