Social enterprises have long been established in Britain, providing a range of products and services whilst also delivering social value. In 2011, as a sector, social enterprise was still emerging but attracting more attention – largely driven by public spending constraints and the desire to find alternative ways to deliver local services.

The Supporting Local Social Enterprise action research project helped five local authorities to develop action plans to support their local social enterprise sector. The local authorities focused on seven key areas of development: leadership, commissioning and procurement, innovative finance, delivering public services, collaboration, business support and local innovation.

This report brings together information on the Supporting Local Social Enterprises action research project, case studies from the project, inspiration from other sources, key findings and information on the actions that were developed.

Local government & public services Social finance & ventures

Posted on: 1 November 2011 Authors: Mandeep Hothi, Sophie Hostick-Boakye,


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