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Resources for Social Enterprises

January 2010

A list of useful resources for Social Enterprises, including: Organisations, Networks and Online Resources, Funding Sources and Legal Resources and Awards and Recognition Programmes.


'Growing a Successful Social Enterprise' Event


The 'Growing a Successful Social Enterprise' Event was held on 19th January 2010 at the Royal Institution, London.

Social Enterprise Legal
Structure Assessments

Interactive help with establishing a suitable legal structure for a Social Enterprise

Contents




Organisations, Networks and Online Resources for Social Enterprises

Name

Category

Remit

Link

Social Enterprise Coalition

Network, Info Source, Recognised Authority

Represents a wide range of social enterprises, regional and national support networks and other related organisations. Lobbying body that promotes the benefits of social enterprise

www.socialenterprise.org.uk

Social Enterprise Live

Info Source

Monthly magazine and online resource; social enterprise news and interviews

www.socialenterpriselive.com

UnLtd

Funding, Network??

A charity supporting social entrepreneurs

www.unltd.org.uk

Community Action Network

Practical Resources

Supports social entrepreneurs to scale up their businesses through providing flexible office space and business support

www.can-online.org.uk

Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship

Resources

A leading global entity for the advancement of social entrepreneurship through education, research, and collaboration.

www.sbs.ox.ac.uk/centres/skoll

Business Link

Resources

National business support tailored for social entrepreneurs

Develop your social enterprise idea

Set up a social enterprise

NESTA

Resources

Independent think tank on innovation, social enterprise, digital activity

www.nesta.org.uk

Changemakers

Network

Online network for people making a difference through business/social enterprise

www.changemakers.com




Regional Organisations and Networks for Social Enterprises

Name

Category

Remit

Link

Social Enterprise London

Network - Regional

For social enterprises in London

www.sel.org.uk

Scottish Social Enterprise Coalition

Network - Regional, Info Source, Recognised Authority (??)

The national collective lobbying and campaigns voice for social enterprise in Scotland

www.ssec.org.uk

Social Economy Network

Network - Regional

A membership-based organisation that draws its membership from Social Economy organisations throughout Northern Ireland

www.socialeconomynetwork.org

Social Enterprise Yorkshire & Humber

Network - Regional

For social enterprises in Yorkshire & Humber

www.seyh.org.uk

South East Social Enterprise Partnership

Network - Regional

For social enterprises in South East

www.sesep.org.uk

Social Enterprise East of England

Network - Regional

For social enterprises in East of England

www.seee.co.uk

Micro Coaches Network - Regional and Training Networking and Knowledge Transfer for social enterprises in the East of England www.microcoaches.co.uk

Wales Co-operative Centre

Network - Regional

Co-operative development agency which delivers a range of projects to promote social enterprise in Wales

www.walescoop.com

North East Social Enterprise Partnership

Network - Regional

For social enterprises in North East England 

www.nesep.co.uk

RISE

Network - Regional

For social enterprises in South West England

www.rise-sw.co.uk

Social Enterprise East Midlands

Network - Regional

For social enterprises in East Midlands

www.seem.uk.net

Social Enterprise London

Network - Regional

For social enterprises in London

www.sel.org.uk

Social Enterprise North West

Network - Regional

For social enterprises in North West

www.senw.org.uk

Social Enterprise West Midlands

Network - Regional

For social enterprises in West Midlands

www.socialenterprisewm.org.uk




Organisations that specialise in Social Enterprises

Name

Category

Remit

Link

Red Ochre

Consultancy & Training

Provides consultancy, organisational support and training specifically for the Third Sector and public agencies

www.redochre.org.uk

Unity Trust Bank

Banking

Specialist banking services for charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises

www.unity.uk.com

School for Social Entrepreneurs

Training

Provides training and opportunities to enable people to use their creative and entrepreneurial abilities more fully for social benefit.

www.sse.org.uk

Social Enterprise Training and Support Consortium

Training

Links to training and support providers, and specialist publications specifically about social enterprise

www.setas.co.uk




Funding for Social Enterprises

Name

Category

Remit

Link

Bridges Social Entrepreneurs Fund

Funding

Launched in November 2008 to address the funding gap often faced by fast growing social enterprises looking to scale

www.bridgesventures.com/social-entrepreneurs-fund

Community Builders Fund

Funding

A £70m investment fund which takes forward a commitment within the Communities in Control: real people, real power White Paper to build more cohesive, empowered and active communities.

www.communitybuildersfund.org.uk

Also see these funds available from the Social Investment Business (the largest social investor in the UK) on their Finance for social enterprises page:

Social Enterprise Access to Investment programme

Funding

The Social Enterprise Access to Investment (SEATI) programme jointly funded by the Office of the Third Sector (OTS) and the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA) is now open for applications.

www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/third_sector/seati.aspx




Awards and Recognition Programmes

Name

Category

Remit

Link

Future 100 Young Entrepreneurs

Awards

Striding Out recognise top 100 business owners who are contributing to their community

www.stridingout.co.uk/latest-news/future-100.html

Social Enterprise Mark

Social Enterprise Standard

Provided by SEC and Office of the Third Sector

Due to launch in the New Year 2010. Announcement from Rise. (Rise, the network responsible for piloting the mark in the South West, has entered into a joint venture with SEC to administer the scheme.)

The Social Enterprise identifier project arose from initial work by OTS showing a general lack of understanding about what social enterprise is, and
a need for the social enterprise movement to raise awareness and define itself to a wider audience.

Social Enterprise Awards

Awards

The sector’s lead Awards programme; run by the Social Enterprise Coalition

www.socialenterpriseawards.org.uk




Case Studies

Name

Category

Remit

Link

iShed

Case Study

Community Interest Company, at the crossroads of the worlds of entertainment, creative economy and digital media

www.isbe.org.uk/ished




Legal Resources for Social Enterprises

Title / Link

From

Comments

FAQs: Legal structures and charitable status

DIY Committee

General Q&A about charitable status and legal structures

Definition of charitable activity

Legal terms explained

DIY Committee

Simple definition of:

Association, Trust, Company limited by guarantee, Industrial and provident society, Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO), Community Interest Company (CIC), Charities

Setting up a social enterprise

DIY Committee

Similar to legal terms, but concentrates on:

  • Company limited by guarantee
  • Industrial and provident society

Legal Structures

Presentation from Anthony Collins Solicitors (on Community Sector Trading) presented on 9th Dec '09.

53 Slides!




Financial Resources (Charitable Trading, Tax, Social Accounting)

Title / Link

From

Comments

Charities trading, tax & subsidiaries

DIY Committee

Good intro

Charities - Trading and business activities

HMRC

Help sheet mainly about VAT on trading

Charities - Using a trading company

HMRC

Help sheet mainly about Tax on trading

How charities may lawfully trade

Charity Commission

 

Social Accounting and Audit for the Community Sector

Social Audit Network

 

Investment Readiness

Community Sector Trading

Basic investment concepts and ideas on interrogating the business model and resilience.

Really like Slide 14, Methods of Measuring (Social ROI, Cost of doing nothing)

The Balanced Scorecard

Community Sector Trading

I think this is BS case study based on a project mentioned in Investment Readiness above.
See also Balanced Scorecard Tips

Trading Case Studies

Community Sector Trading

Didn't look at 'em, but simply noted here.

Impact

National Council for Voluntary Organisations

About 20 pages on why do metrics matter, how to measure metrics, communicating etc. Well structured.

Tools for demonstrating impact

National Council for Voluntary Organisations

  • Outcomes Star (an IT System) from London Housing Foundation

  • SOUL Record (City College Norwich)

  • A practical guide to measuring soft outcomes and distance travelled (Welsh European Funding Office)

  • Social Return on Investment (SROI) (New Economics Foundation)

  • Local Multiplier 3 (lm3) (New Economics Foundation)

  • Prove it! (New Economics Foundation)

  • ChangeCheck (British Association of Settlements and Social Action Centres)

  • Tell your Story: Community Impact Mapping (Development Trusts Association)

  • Performance Indicators (Co-operatives UK)

Monitoring and evaluation resource guide

Charities Evaluation Services

Not researched

A guide to Social Return on Investment

New Economics Foundation / Office of the Third Sector

108 Pages

  • Evaluative SROIs (retrospectively)

  • Forecast SROIs (if activities meet their intended outcomes)




Social Media and Blogs on the internet

Title / Link

From

Comments

Social media (twitter) tactics for social entrepreneurs

School for Social Entrepreneurs

Not researched

Top 10 Social Entrepreneurship Blogs

School for Social Entrepreneurs

There's also list of podcasts too: Browse for the blog entry immediately next to this blog entry which lists the 10 Top Blogs




Events

Name

Category

Remit

Link

Social Enterprise Day

Event

A day dedicated to social enterprise held during Global Entrepreneurship Week

http://tinyurl.com/yjd8kpc

www.gew.org.uk/about/days_of_the_week/social_enterprise_day




Definition of Terms

See Glossary of Terms for Social Enterprises

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