In the UK there are already over 60,000 social enterprises that trade to tackle social problems, improve communities, and people’s life chances. Social enterprises contribute £24 billion to our economy and employ 800,000 people.

However, whilst the sector flourishes, there is limited involvement from migrant, refugee and ethnic minorities. Lack of access to credit and funding alongside religious, gender and language barriers all contribute to the issue. As a result, opportunities for potentially high impact and community-focused enterprises and entrepreneurs are lost.

The Young Foundation is committed to raising awareness of social enterprise amongst these minorities and to helping grow the number of migrant, refugee and ethnic minority entrepreneurs in the UK.

In partnership with Metropolitan and Metropolitan Migration Foundation we will be working to develop five social ventures in Lambeth and Nottingham within the next year. This will build on the research we have already conducted to map the state of the migrant social entrepreneurship sector.



Five migrant social enterprises win over £40k of business support

Press Releases

Five migrant social enterprises have together won over £40,000 worth of business support from The Young Foundation - a ... Find out more

Mainstreaming migrant social enterprise


Four years ago Lola and Sarah arrived in the UK homeless and with little English. Today they are setting up their own so ... Find out more

CLIMB Nottingham on the Mark Dennison Show (BBC Radio Nottingham)

In the News

Margaret Ogebule, leader of the Young Foundation's CLIMB project and Kamran Khaliq of the Jawaid Khaliq Boxing Academy  ... Find out more

Social enterprise support for migrants (Pioneers Post - Karleena Smith)

In the News

Metropolitan A new programme is being launched this month to support local social entrepreneurs who are from migrant co ... Find out more

Climbing the Ladder

Press Releases

The Young Foundation and Metropolitan Migration Foundation are launching a new programme in Lambeth that will provide si ... Find out more