Social Enterprise

Social enterprise news, in-depth reporting, best practice, expert advice and discussion, including social finance, taxation, the definition of social nterprise and the Social Enterprise Mark.

Search for social enterprise roles.

Charity Bank gives £400,000 loan to community-owned renewable energy scheme

Patrick Crawford, chief executive of the social lender, says loans to projects such as Whalley Community Hydro will increase significantly in the next few years

Related headlines

Patrick Crawford

Latest Social Enterprise In Depth

Rodney Schwartz says 'relationship banking' is more of a slogan than a genuine approach

Tempted by banks? Social investors are the better bet

To build a new financial market means supporting investors who take a long-term, values-oriented and client-centred view. Not-for-profits should resist the temptation of attractive rates at high-street banks, writes Rodney Schwartz

Nick Temple

Social enterprises require help to improve marketing

Unless someone actually buys their products and services, they'll struggle to pay back investment, writes Nick Temple


Careers Guide: DIY third sector

Instead of joining the voluntary sector by getting a job, a number of people are doing it by founding their own social enterprises. Alex Blyth meets the start-ups


Business Model

Business Model: Hexham Community Partnership The trust acquired a local cinema and uses the income from it to carry out regeneration projects

Business model: Seahouses Development Trust The Seahouses Development Trust was created in 1996 to provide economic and social regeneration services in the parish of North Sunderland, a remote village north of Newcastle.

Business Model: Star Wards Star Wards helps staff on mental health wards in hospitals to develop services to improve their morale and relationships with patients.

Business Model: Croydon Appliance Reuse Centre Croydon Appliance Reuse Centre sells repaired and refurbished domestic appliances and furniture, with reduced prices for people on low incomes. It also offers on-the-job training for unemployed or disadvantaged people.

Business model: Stramash Stramash provides outdoor activities for children and adults in Oban in Argyll


Latest Social Enterprise Comment

Ethelred: He was unready, perhaps, but ahead of his time on social enterprise

1014 and all that: a very long history of social enterprise

- When you quit your job, there's always the question of what to do next. Steve Wyler, soon to be leaving his role as head of Locality, the network for community-led organisations, revealed at an event last week that he might write a book about "the ...

Craig Dearden-Phillips

Craig Dearden-Phillips: I have done more good running a business than I did running a charity

Do not mistake the fallen giants of banking for the mainstream of business in this country, writes our columnist

Cathy Pharoah

Cathy Pharoah: Hail to the Social Stock Exchange

It's a rallying cry to the business world, but will sharpen the challenges that charities face, writes our columnist

Charities and the cuts

Charities and cuts

How charities are affected by funding cuts and the recession.

The Big society

The Big Society

Follow the impact of David Cameron's Big Society agenda on the voluntary sector.


Additional Information

Latest jobs Jobs web feed















90 per cent funded training for third sector: Collaborative Leadership Programme

  • Date: Thu 13 Mar 2014 - Fri 16 May 2014
  • Venue: Leeds

Lies, damned lies, and statistics: what should you really be measuring?

  • Date: Wed 23 Apr 2014 - Wed 23 Apr 2014
  • Venue: Westminster

People power

  • Date: Wed 30 Apr 2014 - Wed 30 Apr 2014
  • Venue: London

Third Sector Insight