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WSSEN has produced a series of factsheets providing practical information about different aspects of using the social enterprise model to start and run a business for social purpose, as well as sources of further information.

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  • 1. Introduction to social enterprise

    This factsheet provides an introduction to the social enterprise business model. It describes its characteristics and history and gives examples and sources of further information.

     

  • 2. Putting your ideas into action

    This factsheet provides an introduction to the social enterprise business model. It describes its characteristics and history and gives examples and sources of further information.

  • 3. Organisational and legal structures for social enterprise

    This factsheet provides an introduction to the different organisational and legal structures which a social enterprise can take. Please note this is an outline only and therefore not a comprehensive guide and should not be taken as advising on any particular form.

  • 4. Funding and finance for social enterprise

    This factsheet looks at the financial aspects of setting up a social enterprise, different types of finance, what finance is required for, and different sources of finance.

  • 5. Business planning for social enterprise

    This factsheet provides an outline to the business planning process looking at why producing a business plan is useful for your social enterprise and the key components of a business plan.

  • 6. Managing and planning the finance for your social enterprise

    This factsheet outlines how the financial aspects of running a social enterprise can be planned and managed and the various systems available to do this.

  • 7. Marketing for social enterprise

    This factsheet provides an introduction to marketing as a social enterprise. It looks at what marketing involves and how to develop a marketing strategy and marketing plan for your organisation as part of the business planning process.

  • 8. Public Relations (PR) for Social Enterprises

    This factsheet provides an introduction to Public Relations and what is involved in developing Public Relations for your social enterprise.

  • 9. Demonstrating your social impact

    This factsheet provides an introduction to measuring and demonstrating the social impact of your social enterprise.

  • 10. Charities as social enterprises

    This factsheet outlines some of the issues which arise when organisations with charitable objectives and status look to adopt the social enterprise business model for all or part of their activities.

  • 11. Staffing and volunteers in social enterprise

    Like any other business, social enterprises involve people in managing the organization and in its operations. There are many different working arrangements, including staff, volunteers, and sessional workers. This factsheet outlines some of the issues to consider.

  • 12. Setting up a public service as a social enterprise

    This factsheet outlines some of the issues to consider when setting up a local authority public service as an independent entity using the social enterprise business model.

  • 13. Helping to explain the jargon

    This factsheet seeks to clarify some of the terms used in the social enterprise and social economy sector, and includes link to sources of further information.

  • 14. FAQs

    This factsheet contains a list of some of the Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) about social Enterprise.

     



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