Resources

We appreciate that starting a new enterprise can be a daunting task, not to mention a huge undertaking. This section of the website aims to provide you with a number of guides, advice, webinars and other useful bits of information to make your journey that little bit easier.


The table below will point you to a variety of resources which focus on social enterprise

NameCategoryRemitLink
Social Enterprise Training and Support ConsortiumTrainingLinks to training and support providers, and specialist publications specifically about social enterprisewww.setas.co.uk
School for Social EntrepreneursTrainingProvides training and opportunities to enable people to use their creative and entrepreneurial abilities more fully for social benefitwww.sse.org.uk
Social Enterprise EuropeTrainingProvides training courses for certain areas in social enterprise, as well as provide social licenseswww.socialenterpriseeurope.co.uk
Social Enterprise MarkSocial Enterprise Certification AuthorityThe Social Enterprise identifier projectwww.socialenterprisemark.co.uk
Business Growth HubResources, MentoringThe Hub helps ambitious business people to realise their growth potential by offering access to a range of practical services, from assessing growth options to unlocking finance or accessing experienced business mentorswww.businessgrowthhub.com
Social Entrepreneurship ToolkitResourcesDeveloped by HEFCE, Simpacta, Red Ochre and UnLtd to provide practical guidance and working models for every stage of social entrepreneurshipunltd.org.uk/socialentrepreneurshiptoolkit/
Community Action NetworkResourcesSupports social entrepreneurs to scale up their businesses through providing flexible office space and business supportwww.can-online.org.uk
NESTAResourcesIndependent think tank on innovation, social enterprise, digital activitywww.nesta.org.uk

From Ideas to Social EnterpriseResourcesFor University researchers to help you understand the issues and challenges of how to transfor research and ideas into a successful social ventureunltd.org.uk/2013/03/20/social-enterprise-and-university/
UnLtd ResourcesResourcesFor University researchers to help you understand the issues and challenges of how to transfor research and ideas into a successful social ventureunltd.org.uk/news/resources/
Social Enterprise Solutions CICRegional Network Undertakes a range of programmes and initiatives which assist in creating and developing dynamic and sustainable social enterpriseswww.socialenterprisesolutions.co.uk
Social Enterprise North WestRegional NetworkFor social enterprises in the North Westwww.senw.org.uk
Together WorksRegional Network Social enterprise network for Greater Manchester.www.togetherworks.org.uk
Ashoka ChangemakersNetworkOnline network for people making a difference through business/social enterprisewww.changemakers.com

www.ashoka.org
Social Enterprise CoalitionNational Network, Information Source, Recognised AuthorityRepresents a wide range of social enterprises, regional and national support networks and other related organisations. Lobbying body that promotes the benefits of social enterprisewww.socialenterprise.org.uk
UnLtdNational Network, Funding, Mentoring
A charity supporting social entrepreneurswww.unltd.org.uk
Funding CentralNational Network, FundingThe site provides access to thousands of funding and finance opportunities, plus a wealth of tools and resources supporting organisations to develop sustainable income strategies appropriate to their needswww.fundingcentral.org.uk/default.aspx
The Guardian National NetworkInsight, advice and best practice for social enterpriseswww.guardian.co.uk/social-enterprise-network
Social Enterprise LiveInformation SourceMonthly magazine and online resource; social enterprise news and interviewswww.socialenterpriselive.com
The Social Investments BusinessFundingThe UK's largest social investorwww.thesocialinvestmentbusiness.org
Bridges Social Entrepreneurs FundFundingLaunched in November 2008 to address the funding gap often faced by fast growing social enterprises looking to scalewww.bridgesventures.com/social-entrepreneurs-fund
The Office for Civil SocietyFundingPart of the Cabinet Office, works across government departments provides support to voluntary and community organisations and is responsible for delivering a number of key Big Society programmeswww.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/big-society
Big Society CapitalFundingIndependent financial institution which invests in social investment finance intermediaries which provide finance and support to social enterpriseswww.bigsocietycapital.com/
The Social Enterprise Loan Fund (TSELF)FundingWants to hear from North West social/community enterprises with innovative business ideas after being awarded money by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).www.tself.org.uk
Santander Social Enterprise Development AwardsAwardsSantander Social Enterprise Development Awards aim to support social enterprises and charities with trading activities looking to grow their business and improve their local communitywww.santanderseda.co.uk
The Guardian Social Enterprise AwardsAwardsSeeks out the UK's most promising social enterprises who have the potential to make a big impactwww.guardian.co.uk/social-enterprise-network/2012/jan/18/guardian-social-enterprise-award-winner
Third Sector AwardsAwardsThird Sector Awards recognise the talent, innovation and success of not-for-profit organisations, be they large or small, registered charities or social enterpriseswww.thirdsectorexcellenceawards.com
Future 100 Young EntrepreneursAwardsStriding Out recognise top 100 business owners who are contributing to their communitywww.stridingout.co.uk/latest-news/future-100.html