Social enterprises, like other businesses, compete in the market place and generate profits to sustain their business. They generate the majority of their income through trade rather than grants or donations. However, they use their business skills to tackle a wide range of social and environmental issues either through their products and services or by providing employment and training opportunities.
A social enterprise will have a clear sense of its “primary purpose” what difference it is trying to make, who it aims to help, and how it plans to do it.
Social enterprises should:
- Have a clear social and/or environmental mission set out in their governing documents
- Generate the majority of their income through trade
- Reinvest the majority of their profits back into their social objectives
- Be independent
- Be majority controlled in the interests of the social mission
- Be accountable and transparent
The County Council is firmly committed to the need for a strong, vibrant local economy and recognises the contribution Social Enterprises make within the community. We are keen to support Social Enterprises and offer seed corn funding to assist new and emerging Social Enterprises who are contributing to the Council’s priorities. Find out more about seed corn funding for Social Enterprise here.
West Flintshire Community Enterprises - "Flintshire County Council support to WFCE has been invaluable in helping us to continue to expand our social enterprise smoothly. They saved us time, quickly sourcing information and advice, and have been hugely understanding to our particular needs. Business Development have opened many doors and introduced us to other key people within the Council who have all been incredibly important to our enterprise”
The Club House - We were able to gain support which helped us develop our thinking and expand the project more quickly than would have been otherwise possible. The service worked very well and the advice and support offered was excellent. The process was very straightforward and requirements made very clear"
Further information and support
Social Enterprise Development Officer, Mike Dodd 07827 986978
Please see documents on the right hand side for other organisations providing support and/or funding.