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Social Enterprises


Social Enterprise UK is the national body for social enterprise. They promote the benefits of social enterprise, promote best practice through networks and publications, inform policy to improve the operating environment, influence politicians to generate support for social enterprise, and undertake research to expand the evidence base.

Locality is the leading nationwide network of community-led organisations. Their work aims to inspire local communities to change and improve. They help people to set up locally owned and led organisations; support organisations to exchange ideas and best practice on community asset ownership, community enterprise and social action; and work to influence government and others at national and local level to build support and investment for the movement. 

Social Enterprise Works cover Bristol and the South West. They provide support, advice and guidance to prospective and established social enterprises during critical periods of their start up and development.


Setting up a Social Enterprise. This Government web page contains practical advice for setting up a Social Enterprise.

Social Enterprise is a monthly magazine and online service that aims to bring together the huge range of individuals and organisations in the social enterprise movement in a space where they can learn about and inspire one another.

KnowHow Nonprofit
Knowhow NonProfit has information and case studies about raising money through trading and forming social enterprises. It provides a case study on setting up a social enterprise, and a case study on changing from a Limited company to a social enterprise.

Social Enterprise Mark is awarded to businesses that meet specific criteria to demonstrate they are working primarily for social and/or environmental goals, and that 50% of their profits are reinvested towards those goals.