SOCIAL ENTERPRISE IN PRACTICE

DEVELOPMENT STORIES FROM THE VOLUNTARY AND COMMUNITY SECTORS

As the voluntary sector evolves to adapt to social and economic changes, voluntary organisations have developed the potential, and desire, to take on a more commercial role. At the heart of this change lies the emergence of ‘Social Enterprises’.

This report presents the experience of five prominent social enterprises with strong connections to voluntary and community action. It is a continuation of previous research, commissioned by CAF and published in 2004 as ‘Social Enterprise in the Balance’, available from CAF.

Central issues covered are:

  • The importance of social enterprise definitions
  • Visions and values
  • Entrepreneurial skills
  • Strategic objectives and external unpredictability
  • Internal and external influences on organisational stability

To order a hard copy, please email the Greater Manchester Council of Voluntary Organisations at gmcvo@gmcvo.org.uk. Copies cost £8 inc P&P.

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