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September 13, 2012

Benefits of Social Enterprises

Author: Kevin Long

There are several benefits associated with the growth and development of social enterprises. Besides the generation of revenue for sustainability, these enterprises also serve social and environmental objectives. Even though there are difficulties in achieving the triple bottom line of social, environmental and financial aims, the ability to bring positive changes in the society can be very rewarding.

One of the most important benefits of running a social enterprise is to offer employment to local people. There are many people who find it difficult to get a job in the market. This is the point when social enterprises play a very important role in offering employment. Local people who have remained unemployed for a long time, belong to a minority group or are disabled can easily find a good job in such enterprises. Not only unemployed but employed people who don’t want to be a part of the traditional work environment can also join a social enterprise and make a difference to the society and environment. It offers a platform where an individual can make a difference within a flexible work environment and even encourage people to do the same. Since these organizations work on the concept of combining commercial practices with social values and goals, anyone looking for making a difference to society can achieve success.  

It is important for social enterprises to be competitive, no matter which environment they operate in. Only by offering products and services of high quality in an innovative manner, such enterprises can attract more customers. Apart from focusing on environmental and social aims, social enterprises are also involved in revenue for sustainability practices. But the big question is – does every company that follows socially responsible practices can be considered a social enterprise? The answer is no. There are several companies that have integrated the concept of corporate social responsibility in their business operations but it doesn’t mean they are meeting social and environmental concerns more than profit making. There are several non-profit traditional investment firms that don’t prefer to invest money for the growth of social enterprises, but this certainly doesn’t mean that these enterprises don’t have long term benefits.

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Kevin Long is the founder of Global Deaf Connection and the co-founder of Justmeans, a social utility site that helps companies to attract and ignite advocates of better business and good work related to social enterprise trends, social enterprise and sustainable business. Kevin has done significant business development work for both for-profit and non-profit organizations.

September 11, 2012

Everyone Profits from Social Enterprise

Author: Rodney Appleyard

A campaign has been unveiled to put social enterprises at the forefront of a no-nonsense message direct to its customers.

Social Enterprise Today's Society Profits campaign has been launched ahead of Social Enterprise Day on November 17.  Using a mixture of poster concepts plus digital and paper sticky notes, the message is that everyone benefits from social enterprise.

Following research amongst its members, the organisation devised the set of unbranded promotional tools and materials so that they can be used by any groups, no matter what size, to get the social enterprise message across.  The campaign is designed to communicate simply the positives generated by doing business with social enterprises.

Chelmsfordsocial enterprise groups and Colchester social enterprise teams will be amongst those downloading the free campaign packs, as well as corporate supporters of the cause.

Peter Holbrook, Social Enterprise UK's Chief Executive, said: 'Social enterprises are full of passion and enthusiasm for the cause, but they often tell us they lack a common language to describe what social enterprise is and simple tools to get the message across.  If you're busy running your business, you don't have time to sit down and hammer out the social enterprise message for all your audiences – that's why we are here. We have not branded the materials, as we are not promoting ourselves but social enterprise itself. We hope the campaign will be taken up with enthusiasm by the champions of social enterprise who are multiplying fast across the UK. Together, we believe that social enterprise is our best chance of creating a fairer world and protecting the planet.'.

Nick Hurd MP, Minister for Civil Society, said: 'Like all businesses, Social Enterprises are judged on the quality and value of their product and services.  However, when a customer chooses to buy from a Social Enterprise they create additional social benefit, and it\'s important that people are made aware of this and understand the extra value that social enterprises provide. The Society Profits campaign provides practical support to help social enterprises communicate what it means when people buy from them or use their services.'

If you represent a social enterprise in Colchester or a Chelmsfordsocial enterprise, download your pack today from

Did you know?
  • Social enterprises are starting-up and working in Britain's most deprived communities - with 39 per cent of them based in the most deprived areas of the UK compared with just 13 per cent of mainstream SMEs.
  • Social enterprises are outstripping mainstream businesses for confidence and twice as likely as SMEs to have reported growth in the last year.
  • Social enterprises are a natural home for female entrepreneurs and have more women on their boards than FTSE100 companies. A quarter of social enterprises are owned by women, almost double the number of those running small private businesses.
  • Social enterprises often employ people who traditionally come up against barriers when trying to find employment, such as those with disabilities, a history of homelessness or drug and alcohol problems.
Social Enterprises in Colchester

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