Chris MM Gordon
Dublinked 2nd July 2013
• Social Enterprise/ Social Entrepreneurship/
• What is social enterprise?
• What is the Irish Social Enterprise Network?
• 222 Ireland
...and many more
• A 2009 study, referenced in the 2nd SEETF Report, used
the findings from a survey of nine partnership areas of
the Republic of Ireland, to make an estimate that social
enterprises in Ireland generate some F240 million in
revenue, spend F230 million in Ireland and employ
over 9,300 people directly and support a further 5,100
• The same report estimated that at least 12,500 people
are involved with social enterprises in a voluntary
capacity, thereby making a significant contribution to
national policies on active citizenship.
‘A Network for Change’
• Mapping social enterprise
• Develop a register and map of social enterprises
• Provide information and direction for people interested
in Social Enterprise
• Provide networking events throughout the year
• Develop a model for Social Enterprise start ups
• Link with academia to provide relevant education,
literature and research on Social enterprise
• Connect with networks globally
‘Criteria to guide us’
• Social Enterprises have social and/or environmental
• Social Enterprises are trading businesses aspiring to financial
• Social Enterprises have an ‘asset lock’ on both trading surplus
and residual assets.
• A Social Enterprise cannot be the subsidiary of a public sector
• Social Enterprises are driven by values – both in their mission
and business practices.
• Bring social enterprises into your supply chain
if you are a private business as CSR
• Look to include social enterprises into public
• Raising awareness and support for social
enterprises seeking business rate relief