SETTING UP A SOCIAL ENTERPRISE
STARTING A SOCIAL ENTERPRISE
You must choose the business structure if you're starting a business that helps people or communities (a "social enterprise").
This is a social enterprise, a joint-venture between the University of Northampton and Exemplas, providing a unique free-to-access social enterprise support, information and advice service - from start-up through to initial growth and beyond.
This is a membership organisation for social enterprises in Essex, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.
Social Enterprise East of England offers a way to reach the social enterprise market.
Social Enterprise Live
This is a document which provides a range of business planning and templates in respect of running a business with equal financial, social and environmental aims.
Social Enterprise UK
Social Enterprise UK are the national body for Social Enterprise. They represent members and help grow the Social Enterprise movement. The work the organisation undertakes includes, building networks between social enterprises, raises the profile of people and social enterprises in the sector, run campaigns for members and research the UK's social enterprise movement.
FUNDING A SOCIAL ENTERPRISE
In addition to mainstream funders you may wish to try:
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT FINANCE INSITUTIONS (CDFIs)
They provide financial support and capital to businesses and individuals that would otherwise not have access to, or be refused services by, mainstream financial service providers.
BIG LOTTERY FUND
The Big Lottery Fund provide funding for community groups and projects that improve health, education and the environment. They deliver funding throughout the UK, mostly through programmes tailored specifically to the needs of communities along with programmes which cover the whole UK.
Foundation East are a membership organisation that lends money to business owners across Essex. They offer loans of up to £100,000 to both start up and growing enterprises. In addition they provide help and support with completing the application forms and busienss plans, offering business support after a loan has been awarded.
Bridges Ventures provides hands-on investment and entrepreneurial talent can be used to address some of the challenges facing our society, as well as drive sustainable growth.