Social enterprise

Posted on April 22, 2009. Filed under: Social enterprise | Tags: |

Health Management Specialist Library | accessed 22 April 2009


‘Social enterprises are businesses that deliver goods and services but in pursuit of primarily social objectives.  The government is committed to supporting social enterprise in the economy at large and in its recent White Paper has suggested that social enterprise models of service delivery can be part of the provider market in primary and community care.’ (1)

‘3.43 We will ensure that both new and existing providers are allowed to provide services in underserved areas.  Social enterprises, the voluntary sector and independent sector providers will all make valuable contributions in the longstanding challenge of addressing inequalities.  The voluntary and community sectors often have strengths and experience in delivering services to those people who are not well served by traditional services.  This will be the basis of the New Fairness in Primary Care procurement principles.’ (2)

‘From April 2007, the Department [of Health] is holding a Social Enterprise Investment Fund (SEIF) of £73 million over a four year period. Of this £73 million, there will be £1.2 million revenue and £8.9 million capital money in the financial year 2007 to 2008.  Both social enterprise pathfinders and other social enterprises, delivering health and social care services, will be able to apply to the SEIF in the financial year 2007 to 2008.'(3)


1. Lewis R, Hunt P, Carson D, 2006, Social enterprise and community-based care: is there a future for mutually owned organisations in community and primary care? King’s Fund, London.

2. Department of Health, 2006, Our health, our care, our say: a new direction for community services, The Stationery Office, Norwich

3. Department of Health, 2007, The Social Enterprise Investment Fund

Social Enterprise Magazine

About us | accessed 1 June 2009

Social Enterprise aims to be the most engaging, informative and useful resource for business people who are passionate about changing lives, building communities and nurturing the environment. It is published by London Fields Publishing Ltd, a joint venture between Society Media and Glock Design.

Through our monthly magazine and daily online news, our mission is 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 – and tell the rest of the world what they’re missing.

We will be telling your stories, uncovering the news, expressing controversial opinions, digging deep into the big issues, leading debate and setting agendas. Our team of journalists and expert contributors will be doing all of this with the same spirit and passion that gives the social enterprise movement itself such a strong voice.


  • Active Communities Directorate
    The Active Communities Directorate is part of the UK government’s Home Office department. It contributes to the delivery of Home Office Aim 7: “To support strong and active communities in which people of all races and backgrounds are valued and participate on equal terms by developing social policy to build a fair, prosperous and cohesive society in which everyone has a stake and to ensure that active citizenship contributes to the enhancement of democracy and the development of civil society.”

  • Buckinghamshire & Milton Keynes Social Enterprise Network (BMKSEN)
    The social enterprise network for Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes.

  • Business in the Community (BITC)
    UK based charity with over 400 employees which aims to promote CSR related concepts within business. Site offers a variety of publications and resources. The organisation also produces CSR indices. ranking companies according to CSR related criteria.

  • Business Link for London
    London’s government-sponsored business support agency.

  • CAN (Community Action Network)
    UK support network for social entrepreneurs.

  • CDFA (Community Development Finance Association)
    The trade association for Community Development Finance Institutions (CDFIs).

  • Co-operatives UK 
    Based in Manchester this membership organisation aims to promote co-operative and mutual solutions, and work in partnership with its members to build a strong and successful co-operative movement.

  • Development Trusts Association
    Community regeneration network and national body for development trusts.

  • ELBA (East London Business Alliance)
    Aims to bring the resources of the private sector to help build the capacity of local organisations and regeneration programmes in East London.

  • Futurebuilders
    Futurebuilders England is the government-backed £125m investment fund providing a combination of loans, grants and capacity-building support for voluntary and community organisations that deliver public services.

  • Global Links Initiative
    Global Links Initiative is a non-profit organisation which aims to support positive and creative action on social inclusion and citizen empowerment worldwide. Using information technology as an enabler, Global Links Initiative aims to foster practical links among socially entrepreneurial people around the world as well as promoting partnership with government and business.

  • i-genius
    i-genius is a world community of social entrepreneurs and seeks to inspire a new generation of social innovators.

  • InterChange Legal Advisory Service 
    Provides legal advice and assistance to charities and voluntary organisations that want to set up as charities.

  • InventorResource
    A public interest website focused on design, patent, legal, business plan and funding advice for inventors.

  • NCVO (National Council for Voluntary Organisations) 
    Aims to be the national representative body for voluntary groups.

  • Nearbuyou
    Nearbuyou is a national (UK) social trading network. It enables social enterprises to promote their organisation, advertise their products and services and find business opportunities.

  • NEF (New Economics Foundation) 
    A London based research and campaigning organisation. It states that it aims “to improve quality of life by promoting innovative solutions that challenge mainstream thinking on economic, environment and social issues.”

  • New Start
    New Start Publishing Ltd

  • Newham Chamber of Commerce
    The Chamber of Commerce for the London Borough of Newham.

  • Newham Council 
    The local council for the London Borough of Newham.

  • Newham Voluntary Sector Consortium
    This organisation aims to support voluntary, faith and community groups in Newham by helping them become effectively involved in local issues and services.

  • Planning Aid for London
    Aims to provide affordable town planning advice and training to individuals, local groups and local businesses in London.

  • School for Social Entrepreneurs 
    Runs UK-wide training programmes for social entrepreneurs.

  • Small Business Service 
    The government’s national support service for small and medium sized businesses.

  • Social Enterprise Ambassadors
    Twenty-five innovative entrepreneurs across England have been named as social enterprise ambassadors, including Chris Allwood, whose company ‘Auction My Stuff’ enables young unemployed people to learn about business through eBay, GP Sam Everington, and serial entrepreneur Kresse Wesling, whose latest business sells bags made from recycled fire-hose.

  • Social Enterprise Coalition
    Aims to be the national ‘voice’ and representative body for social enterprises. It is based in London.

  • Social Enterprise London (SEL)
    Aims to be the regional voice and representative body for social enterprises based in London.

  • Social Enterprise Unit
    The government’s cross-departmental support unit for the national social enterprise sector. It is based at the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in London.

  • Social Firms UK
    Aims to be the national representative body for social firms.

  • Society Media
    Specialist editors, writers, designers and contract publishers for the social, public, charity and socially responsible corporate sectors.

  • Thames Gateway Technology Centre @ the University of East London (UEL)
    Aims to provide a gateway for local organisations to access the expertise and facilities of UEL. The University of East London is located in Newham at several campus sites. The Thames Gateway Technology Centre is located at the main site which is adjacent to the Cyprus Docklands Light Railway station.

  • The Centre for Strategy and Communication
    We specialise in three areas: communication training, management training and administration training. Our training programmes range from one-day high impact training to in-depth management development programmes.

  • UnLtd
    A foundation for social entrepreneurs – a charitable organisation offering grants and other support to would-be social entrepreneurs nationally.

  • You in Business
    You in Business is an innovative web portal, supporting aspirational women in business. As part of an ESF-funded EQUAL Diversity in Practice Project, You in Business has been developed by a partnership of Exemplas, everywoman and Bank of Scotland Corporate, and provides free eMentoring, eLearning and online self-assessments, as well as an extensive and comprehensive range of business tools, information, expertise and advice, enabling women to realise the business benefits of their personal attributes.


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