ACF, School for Social Entrepreneurs and Access Foundation set up taskforce to boost earned income through grants – billed “the missing piece in the finance jigsaw” – by building on success of match trading.
Social Enterprise UK and Big Society Capital are among nine organisations promoting the Community Enterprise Growth Plan, a “once-in-a-decade opportunity” to accelerate growth of social enterprise in underserved communities.
England social enterprises can get grants of up to £100,000 to help them “get back on their feet”, under Lottery-funded scheme first set up in 2020, and once again delivered by Big Issue Invest, Key Fund, Resonance, SSE and UnLtd.
The extreme pressure of running a social venture can hit hard: a quarter of business leaders surveyed recently said they'd had to take time off as a result. But what are the triggers – and how can social entrepreneurs avoid pushing themselves too far?
Impact measurement is not only challenging – it can also be a distraction from what really matters, argues our columnist, who draws on conversations with some of the women critiquing and reimagining this burgeoning industry.
From inclusive film screenings to baking for kids with special needs, the businesses Social Ark incubates are all created by young people with lived experience of their area of work. Founder Lisa Stepanovic tells us why that matters.