Social enterprises are businesses with a social purpose. They have social aims, trade in competitive markets and use their profits for community benefits.
Social enterprises work across a wide range of industrial sectors, including growth sectors such as recycling, renewable energy and social care. The sector is diverse and includes some co-operatives, credit unions, housing associations, community development trusts, social firms and community businesses.
This guide will help you decide whether to start up a social enterprise and what the benefits will be for you.