What to do when setting up a social enterprise
On Friday, I attended my last Big Lottery event… ever! Strive (a support network for social enterprises in East Lothian) held their quarterly network meeting. I couldn’t think of a better event to bring my Big Lottery outreach adventures to an end.
The network is full of inspiring social entrepreneurs looking to make a difference. It’s one of the most enthusiastic, supportive and positive member networks I’ve came across.
Setting up a social enterprise is a marvelous concept. Passionate people who want to give back and do good tend to go down this route. Social enterprises operate as a business. However, any profits made are reinvested back into the organisation to support the people/communities they are helping.
Epic social enterprise example:
Social Bite- http://www.social-bite.co.uk
If you’re thinking of setting up a social enterprise, there are many organisations out there to support you. Here’s a few to get you started
http://www.strive.me.uk/about/ (East Lothian)
http://www.the-sse.org/schools/scotland/ (Scotland wide)
http://www.socialenterprisescotland.org.uk (Scotland wide)
http://www.firstport.org.uk (Scotland wide)
http://www.entrepreneurial-spark.com (apply to take part in a start up business programme)
https://fsen.squarespace.com/support-organisations/ (Scotland wide)
You can apply to Awards For All for start up costs, which includes running costs for the first year of your organisation:
Firstport also provide funding opportunities along with advice and business support:
Funding Scotland offers an array of funding opportunities in Scotland:
It can be a lonely and isolating process when you start a business. Get yourself connected, both on and offline, and make sure you surround yourself with people who will always support you.
Happy social enterprising!