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What is Social Enterprise? Expert Peter Holbrook explains

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Social Enterprise is a model where organisations make money to plough back in to an enterprise which has a social or environmental benefit. It is of particular value for non-governmental-organisations …

Social Enterprise is a model where organisations make money to plough back in to an enterprise which has a social or environmental benefit. It is of particular value for non-governmental-organisations which are looking for ways of becoming independent from government funding. In New Zealand it is still a relatively new concept. It is far more developed in Britain where Peter Holbrook is the CEO of Social Enterprise UK. This presentation was delivered to a Christchurch audience at the Office of Ethnic Affairs' EthnicA conference in May 2012.


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  • WHO ARE THEY? ‘Beneficiaries’, ‘users’, ‘clients’ ; Career changers (corporate; public sector); Young people / graduates; Silver radicals; Third sector professionals and volunteers; Everyone? What do we look for? (personal) Responsibility; Prone to action / not risk-averse; Innovative / creative; Visionary: have clear mission; Pragmatic; Persistent / committed; Resourceful / adaptable / opportunistic; + Engagement with community they are aiming to serve
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    • 1. Peter HolbrookSocial Enterprise UK
    • 2. CoursesInfantmassageToddler andtantrumtoolkitGrowingpainsAll changeWhatever!BricSpeakeasyDrugproofyour kids
    • 3. “We need to recognise thefull potential that socialenterprise has. It’s not justabout helping to tackle socialproblems at the communitylevel; it’s about mainstreambusinesses delivering publicservices with a distinctivefocus on quality, serving thecommunity, and employeepride. You showed us thatsocial enterprises are not justcreating social good, butcreating jobs andopportunity.”
    • 4. P3 working with re offenders
    • 5. P3 working with re offenders
    • 6. Our definition:Organisations whose stated primary objective is to achieve social impact rather thangenerating profit for owners and shareholders.
    • 7. - What is a social entrepreneur? R B A social entrepreneur is someone who works in an entrepreneurial manner, but V E for primarily social benefit. Driven by a social mission, they aim to address unmet needs to improve people’s lives.- What is a social enterprise? U N A social enterprise is a business with primarily social objectives, whose N O surpluses are reinvested in the business or in the community, rather than being driven by the need to maximise profit for shareholders or owners.
    • 8. Together with our members we are the voicefor social enterprise. We do research, provideinformation and tools, share knowledge, build networks, raise awareness and campaign to create a business environment where social enterprises can thrive.
    • 9. Representing: 10’s of 000s social enterprises A network of 9000 businesses 600 voting members An elected council of 46 A majority elected board of 12£24-54bn to the UK economy 1 million staff
    • 10. The role of social enterprises, charities and co- operatives in our public services will be enhanced.Policy Trends
    • 11. Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012Establishing ‘social value’ principles inpublic procurement UK = £216bn/yr on procurement
    • 12. P3 working with re offenders
    • 13. Examples of joint working co-commissioningand social enterprise
    • 14. Examples of joint working co-commissioning and social enterpriseEdwin Bronsi Mensala; founder: Give me tap
    • 15. Kamara Bennett: ‘Sewyour own’Examples ofjoint working co-commissioning andsocial enterprise
    • 16. Kevin Cheung; Founder: Foodcyclejointworking co-commissioning
    • 17. Examples of joint working co-commissioningand social enterprise
    • 18. Coin Street Community Buildrers
    • 19. 68,000 social enterprises:39% based in deprived areas58% grew last year compared to 28% ofSME’s57% predict growth next yearMore diverse: 80%have at least 1 womandirector, 28% have a BME director75% actively involve beneficiaries
    • 20. Management is doing thingsright; leadership is doing theright thingsPeter F Drucker
    • 21. www.socialenterprise.org.uk Twitter: @SocEnt_UK @peteholbrook