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The Social Enterprise Partnership
The Social Enterprise DP aimed to develop infrastructure and build capacity in the social enterprise sector.
The wider objectives of the DP were to:
Raise awareness of social enterprise models and their value.
Improve the performance of existing and emerging social enterprises.
Improve and build effective support structures for social enterprises at national and regional levels.
Create new tools and materials of strategic importance to the sector.
Influence the social enterprise and the wider social inclusion and enterprise policy agenda.
The DP brought together all the leading national social enterprise bodies including Co-operativesUK, Development Trusts Association, Social Enterprise Coalition and Social Firms UK. The DP partners were some of the key national bodies in the field. The project was needed as it enabled national social enterprise organisations to work together to respond to key obstacles/barriers facing the social enterprise sector, including lack of awareness, a fragmented support structure, a need to demonstrate value and impact of social enterprise approaches and a lack of professional development programmes in the sector.
The project benefited social enterprises and their support bodies throughout the UK. Programmes were delivered in 7 regions (Scotland, Yorkshire and Humber, South East, North East, West Midlands, London & Wales), via the regional structures of the national partners. As well as building regional infrastructure and raising awareness, a whole series of activities took place to support social enterprises including the development of an inter-trading web-site, action research in procurement, piloting national materials in Q&I and training and delivering business support.
Target Beneficiary Groups
The programme was aimed at business advisers, consultants, development workers, project officers, managers and other professionals working with or for social enterprises.
Social Enterprise Partnership Ltd
Local Government Association
New Economics Foundation
Social Enterprise London
The Co-operative Union
The Development Trusts Association
Information for Transnational partnerships
Gerold Schwarz, Social Enterprise Partnership Ltd,
Action 2: 30 June 2005
Action 3: 14 November 2005
New models were set up for starting new social enterprises.
Access to business support for social enterprises was improved.
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Activities and products
SEP-EQUAL developed a national register of consultants for the social enterprise sector.
With King’s College London, SEP-EQUAL examined disincentives in the UK benefits systems (with comparative European research) for potential social enterprise employees.
Social Accounting Tools
Planned tools included Ethical Explorer, a Healthcheck model, Key Performance Indicators, Balanced Scorecards, Social Return on Investment, Social Auditing and PQASSO.
SEP-EQUAL worked with SFEDI and training experts to develop two new professional development programmes for business advisors to the social enterprise sector and social enterprise managers.
This was a tool to help organisations measure and report on social impact and engage with stakeholders.
Governance and Participation Development Toolkit
Developed by Co-operatives UK.
National Register of Business Advisors
National Register of Business Advisors.
Reports on new developments and progress in the project.
A report on compiled by the transnational partnership Squares and published by the Social Enterprise Partnership.
SEP/SFEDI (Small Firms Enterprise Development Initiative) Endorsement Programme Workshop
A workshop held in London for training providers to learn how to get their learning product(s) endorsed against the new National Occupational Standards in business support for social enterprise.
Social Enterprise Partnership GB Limited Overview
A comprehensive report on the partnership.
Social Enterprise Partnership Website
Understanding Social Enterprise
This was the UK’s first nationally recognised qualification based on the new national occupational standards in social enterprise development.