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UK Social Enterprise Policy


Katharine Purser
March 2009
A Social Enterprise is …

A business with primarily social objectives
whose surpluses are principally reinvested for
that ...
Key facts – SE Sector in the UK
    At least 55,000 social enterprises in the UK*

    £8.4bn (€9.4bn) contribution to the...
Diversity of SE in the UK
Why UK Government is interested…
  Tackling social and environmental challenges

  Increasing levels of enterprise

  Ethi...
The challenges…
 Awareness and understanding of social enterprise

 Building the evidence base: facts and figures

 Access...
History of SE Policy in the UK
“Creating an environment for social enterprise to thrive”
                      Sector     ...
Office of the Third Sector
                                    Local
Business                                             ...
UK Government policy
1. Fostering a culture of social enterprise
2. Improving advice and information for start up
   and g...
Fostering a culture of Social Enterprise
  Social Enterprise in the School Curriculum

  Help the sector to market itself ...
Advice and Information
 £6m (€6.7m) for business support

 £6m (€6.7m) for capacity building of specialist advice
 and sup...
Access to Finance
 Futurebuilders: up to £215m (€242m) loan/grant for
 capacity building to deliver public services

 Up t...
Working with Government
 Action research to identify where social
 enterprise can help meet policy objectives
    Health
 ...
Cross UK Government activity
 Health
   £100m (€112m) fund for SEs operating in
   health & social care
   ‘right to reque...
Challenges at a European level
 Clarification of rules and protocols affecting social
 enterprises
    (e.g. state aid, so...
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  1. 1. UK Social Enterprise Policy Katharine Purser March 2009
  2. 2. A Social Enterprise is … A business with primarily social objectives whose surpluses are principally reinvested for that purpose in the business Newlife construction provides employment and training to the long-term unemployed or in the community, and school leavers. rather than being driven by the need to maximise profit for shareholders and owners.
  3. 3. Key facts – SE Sector in the UK At least 55,000 social enterprises in the UK* £8.4bn (€9.4bn) contribution to the UK’s GDP* 650,000 employees* 162 existing and emerging social firms (type of WISE) 4,735 Co-operative enterprises 2,500 Community Interest Companies *Annual Small Business Survey, 2005
  4. 4. Diversity of SE in the UK
  5. 5. Why UK Government is interested… Tackling social and environmental challenges Increasing levels of enterprise Ethical markets Public service reform
  6. 6. The challenges… Awareness and understanding of social enterprise Building the evidence base: facts and figures Accessing the right information and advice Access to appropriate finance Working with government
  7. 7. History of SE Policy in the UK “Creating an environment for social enterprise to thrive” Sector Legal Action Action SE Unit Strategy OTS body form Plan plan 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/thirdsector
  8. 8. Office of the Third Sector Local Business Kevin Brennan govt Minister for the Third Sector No. 10 HMT • Dedicated Minister Cabinet • Situated in the Cabinet Office Office • 57 people • £515m (€580m) 2008–11 Health Justice OTS
  9. 9. UK Government policy 1. Fostering a culture of social enterprise 2. Improving advice and information for start up and growth 3. Improving access to finance and new types of investors 4. Enabling social enterprise to work with government
  10. 10. Fostering a culture of Social Enterprise Social Enterprise in the School Curriculum Help the sector to market itself better Third Sector Research Centre Enabling the sector to articulate social value (SROI)
  11. 11. Advice and Information £6m (€6.7m) for business support £6m (€6.7m) for capacity building of specialist advice and support £8m (€9m) for modernisation support during the recession
  12. 12. Access to Finance Futurebuilders: up to £215m (€242m) loan/grant for capacity building to deliver public services Up to £10m (€11.2m) risk capital fund Social Investment Wholesaler Review of incentives for investment in social enterprise Financial awareness training
  13. 13. Working with Government Action research to identify where social enterprise can help meet policy objectives Health Community engagement, Enterprise support in deprived areas Working with offenders Strategic partnership programme
  14. 14. Cross UK Government activity Health £100m (€112m) fund for SEs operating in health & social care ‘right to request’ for public sector workers to “spin out” Young people Youth Sector Development Fund - £100million Enterprise Lord Mandelson: SEs can access SME support Joint summit with Cabinet Office to identify growth strategies for social enterprise
  15. 15. Challenges at a European level Clarification of rules and protocols affecting social enterprises (e.g. state aid, social clauses, social value) Networking and knowledge-sharing between Member States Inclusion of SEs in SME policy SE place within response to global recession
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