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What is our mission?

The Mission of Social Enterprise Link is to help create and then maintain a Social Economy Enterprise sector that commands 25% of the local economic activity by 2035 in Wessex.

Have you ever bought the Big Issue? Read it over a bar of Divine chocolate? Watched Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen? Visited the Eden Project? Shopped at the Co-op? Joined a Credit Union?

Well, then you already know a bit about social enterprises: businesses that are changing the world for the better.  

Social enterprises are businesses that trade to tackle social problems, improve communities, people’s life chances, or the environment.  They make their money from selling goods and services in the open market, but they reinvest their profits back into the business or the local community so when they profit, society profits.  

What are social enterprise places?   

Social Enterprise Places are areas where social enterprise activity is thriving. From quarters, towns, cities and zones - areas around the UK are declaring themselves as social enterprise places committed to investing in the sector. 

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Jamie Oliver to create ethical 'B Corp' from remnants of his empire

TV chef’s group sets sights on joining global social and environmental movement Jamie Oliver is to turn the remains of his business empire into an ethical “B Corporation” that officially gives equal weight to people, the planet and profit. The former Naked Chef sees it as a way to knit his campaigning on issues such as childhood obesity and animal welfare into the fabric of the business which, following the collapse of the Jamie's Italian chain, encompasses his successful publishing,…

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The restaurant that teaches homeless people to barbecue with the best

Every year, social enterprise Beyond Food helps apprentices turn their lives around. This month they will be running stoves at Meatopia, a festival of food and fire Andrew Cannon’s greatest ambition is to climb Everest. That, and to be happy, and perhaps live with someone some day – more modest goals perhaps, but until recently they all seemed equally impossible dreams. ... The Guardian

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Charity Bank takes to the road with free regional events for charity professionals

Charity Bank is inviting trustees, directors, CEOs and managers of charities, social enterprises, and community organisations to attend a series of free regional events in September and October. Taking place in London, Tunbridge Wells, Leeds, Reading, Edinburgh, Derby and Manchester, these events will provide the latest insight on the state of the social sector at a time of change and challenge. NCVO will present an update on the state of the sector and then sector specialists will engage with…

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