Public sector

A guide to setting up a social enterprise

Guy Clifton Guy Clifton

Striking a balance between financial and social returns

Social enterprises are becoming increasingly common vehicles for delivering services that are not an ‘essential’ service for an authority but still important to the local community. This model is likely to become increasingly popular as councils continue to face increased austerity.

In our guide to ‘Setting up a social enterprise’ we consider the key issues and challenges facing local authorities and how social enterprises can help.

In considering a social enterprise model for delivering a service, it is vital to be clear on the right model of social enterprise, the income stream is sustainable, a clear business plan is in place; and to develop the right structures and involve the right people early.

If you are a local authority looking to transition a public service to a social enterprise model certain factors will be key to your success including: leadership, continuing the culture, branding, staff reward and secure income stream.

Download our guide to explore how to handle these factors to ensure success, the requirements for setting up a social enterprise; and how social enterprise can be ended. The guide also showcases a number of compelling case studies from local authorities around England, featuring inspiring ideas from those social enterprises that have been a success; and lessons learned from those that have encountered challenges.

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Case studies:

Greenwich Leisure Limited
Delivering Liverpool’s shared vision and ambition for the technology sector.

Achieving for Children
England’s first council-owned social enterprise to deliver a full range of children’s services.

Baltic Creative
Delivering Liverpool’s shared vision and ambition for the technology sector.

For more information on setting up a social enterprise contact Vivien Holland