The Big Jump - What is Social Enterprise

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Kate Welch OBE presents a global perspective of what is needed to make a true social enterprise at the Big Jump Conference 31st March, 2011.

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The Big Jump - What is Social Enterprise

  1. 1. What is Social Enterprise? Kate Welch OBE
  2. 2. What is Social Enterprise? a business with primarily social objectives, whose surpluses areprincipally reinvested for that purpose in the business or community rather than mainly being paid to shareholders or owners
  3. 3. Fundamental Principles John Pearce• Working for the Common Good – Caring for human resources – Good governance and accountability – Asset lock and use of profits• Co-operation• Subsidiarity
  4. 4. Quebec• Business of the social economy to serve its members or the community rather than simply generating profits and focus on financial performance;• it management autonomy from the state;• it incorporates in its articles and ways to make a democratic decision process involving users and consumers, workers;• She defends the primacy of people and work over capital in the distribution of its surplus, and income;• operations based on the principles of participation, support and individual and collective responsibility.
  5. 5. La Tohu
  6. 6. Social Enterprise Asia• Japan – no separate legal definition – Government seed funds social businesses with robust business plans• Korea – SE law to allow private firms to obtain subsidies for employing long term unemployed• China- actively pursuing the idea. – Government back SEs that create employment – Mainly on East Coast, Beijing and Shanghai or major university towns like Ningbo
  7. 7. India - Social Enterprise Learning Journey
  8. 8. Social Enterprise in UK• 62,000 social enterprises• Different structures – Enterprising Charities, – voluntary organisations, – Community Interest Companies, – Co-operatives and mutual structures – private companies with social objectives and profit distribution
  9. 9. Well-known social enterprises• Eden Project• Divine Chocolate• The Co-operative, supermarket, bank• John Lewis Partnership• Cafe Direct• Traidcraft• Housing Associations
  10. 10. Not so well-known social enterprises• Welsh Water• Greenwich Leisure Services• Hackney Community Transport• Coin Street Builders• One Water• Hill Holt Wood• Blue Sky
  11. 11. Social Enterprise – a journey? Social Enterprise Incorporated Group Charity? Voluntary Paid Staff? Group Enterprising Behaviour
  12. 12. Social EntrepreneursSchool for Social Entrepreneurs, Liverpool
  13. 13. Best Practice in Employability Acumen has helped thousands of people back into employment or self- employment over the past five years through community engagement. It has also established a number of social enterprises at the heart of local communities. In the context of the recession such social enterprises potentially offer an important pathway for people to develop work skills and gain confidence ensuring they can still follow a transition back to work even in an economic downturn• Source: IPPR Russell Commission on Public Sector Reform in the North East
  14. 14. Self Belief and Emotional Resilience
  15. 15. Employment Advisers
  16. 16. Homelessness to TenancyProperty Acumen provides:-• Affordable short term supportedaccommodation• Floating support• A home within the local community• A fully renovated property fully furnishedFor:Vulnerable young people aged 16 – 24who are homeless or on the verge of beingmade homeless
  17. 17. • 1 acre of land• 2 polytunnels
  18. 18. • 9 permanent jobs• 14 Future Jobs Funded posts – 6 into work so far• 20 offenders on community payback• 30 qualifications for offenders• 7 students with learning difficulties
  19. 19. Scale Supply Chain Buying/Selling Power Share qualitystandards/systems Sustainable community businesses
  20. 20. • National Offender Management Service• Prison gardening projects• Probation community payback gardening• Support to become businesses, reduce public sector spend• Reduce re-offending
  21. 21. The Green Leaf Cafe
  22. 22. The Green Leaf Cafe
  23. 23. Innovation Model
  24. 24. Latest idea for an enterprise
  25. 25. Reap and Sow pop up Shop
  26. 26. Social Enterprise Acumen CIC
  27. 27. Social Enterprise Acumen• Host County Durham Social Enterprise Business Forum• Host RSA Social Entrepreneurs Forum• NE School for Social Entrepreneurs• NE partner for UnLtd (Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs)• Contracts Matter• Working with public sector on social enterprise solutions and development of the third sector
  28. 28. Kate Welch OBE Chief Executive Acumenkate.welch@acumentrust.org.uk 0191 587 8000

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