Social Enterprise in ACTION - A proposal for Social Enterprise Support. Dr Jerry McKeever, Tosach


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Social Enterprise A Call to ACTION. INTERREG ACTION Pilot Project. Dunhill Ecopark. Friday 22nd June 2012

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Social Enterprise in ACTION - A proposal for Social Enterprise Support. Dr Jerry McKeever, Tosach

  1. 1. SOCIAL ENTERPRISEACTION!MAKING IT HAPPENA outline prospectusfor social enterprise brokerage
  2. 2. SOCIAL ENTERPRISE ACTION!MAKING IT HAPPENTo make social enterprise live up to its jobs and economic recovery potential we need a catalyst and an enabler. Social Enterprise Action! is seeking investment in terms of time, commitment and money Investment means a clear outcome for all the stakeholders Investment means being innovative and being rewarded
  3. 3. SOCIAL ENTERPRISE ACTION!MAKING IT HAPPENWhere did it come from? Social Enterprise Action! has developed from an INTERREG ACTION Pilot Project between Carmarthenshire in Wales and County Waterford It has identified over 200 potential or current social enterprises in County Waterford alone Social Enterprise Action! Seeks to be innovative and dynamic in its methodology and growth potential
  4. 4. SOCIAL ENTERPRISE ACTION!MAKING IT HAPPENWhat will it do? Broker resources (social, intellectual, financial capital) to set up new social enterprises, expand existing ones and develop job potential Develop local action groups in tandem with networks such as Communities Creating Jobs and LEADER through a series of local social enterprise workshops Offer training courses to local development enterprise animators Research and keep updated a regional social enterprise database Establish a network of specialist consultants and mentors with the capacity to respond to specific social enterprise needs
  5. 5. SOCIAL ENTERPRISE ACTION!MAKING IT HAPPENWhat’s new? We won’t wait for projects to come to us, we’ll go out and make it happen We will integrate with a new and dynamic community initiative, brokering skills, advice and resources to develop social enterprise We won’t be part of a state initiative , but an independent non-profit company with a sustainable business plan We will draw on skills, research experience and business contacts from the INTERREG ACTION Pilot Project
  6. 6. SOCIAL ENTERPRISE ACTION!MAKING IT HAPPENWhat’s the resource base? Social capital of contacts in social enterprise and the Communities Creating Jobs network Intellectual capital of the expertise of the key players Pool of business expertise and mentors Transnational partner experience and contacts through the INTERREG ACTION Pilot Project
  7. 7. SOCIAL ENTERPRISE ACTION!MAKING IT HAPPENWhat will be the impacts? Development of local action groups in tandem with networks such as CCJ Where a local community engages, a social enterprise workshop and follow-up service will deliver new and expanded social enterprises over a 1-3 year period Over a three-year period a local action group and support infrastructure will be established in every county Social enterprises will attain critical mass to effect job creation through a visible and recognised sector
  8. 8. SOCIAL ENTERPRISE ACTION!MAKING IT HAPPENWhat can investors expect? New social enterprises established linked to local action groups Existing social enterprises expanded and developed New sustainable jobs created Social enterprise emerges as a viable sector Positive social enterprise culture of self reliance
  9. 9. SOCIAL ENTERPRISE ACTION!MAKING IT HAPPENThe Structure Guarantee company without share capital Committed and experienced directors Independent of agencies or state structures Open to membership from participating communities
  10. 10. SOCIAL ENTERPRISE ACTION!MAKING IT HAPPENSustainability Built on local ownership and support Responds to unique local needs and opportunities Engaging with the critical issue of local job creation and social enterprise Low overheads and operating structure Developing ‘self-generating market’ through local workshops Experience and contacts gained through INTERREG ACTION and Dunhill Rural Enterprises Ltd Linked to grassroots-based community movement
  11. 11. SOCIAL ENTERPRISE ACTION!MAKING IT HAPPENNext steps Incorporating the company Seeking Investor commitments A full prospectus and Business Plan Develop local, regional and national roll-out programme