An analysis of the government's Giving White Paper and the proposals contained within that are likely to present significant opportunities to Merseyside's social enterprise sector.
A short briefing prepared by Social Enterprise Network explaining the draft proposals for the Big Society Bank.
The Social Franchising Manual has been produced by the Social Enterprise Coalition (SEC) to act as a how-to guide and a general introduction to 'Social Franchising'- the use of a commercial franchising approach to replicate and share proven organisational models for greater social impact.
Social Enterprise Network has prepared a short briefing to inform members of the key reforms and changes announced within the Spending Review.
A briefing prepared by Social Enterprise Network in response to the Government's consultation on the proposed Regional Growth Fund. Our response focuses on the needs of the social enterprise sector on Greater Merseyside and the impact that this new fund is likely to have upon them.
The RBS SE100 Index charts the growth and impact of the UK's top social businesses. Members of Social Enterprise Network were recently invited to take part in the Index, and the above report lists the national results of the Index.
The Liverpool City Region has produced a response to the Government consultation on Local Enterprise Partnerships/Regional Growth Fund. The LEP bid encompasses the Liverpool City Region Local Authorities, Chambers of Commerce, Business Leaders and the Mersey Partnership.
The Social Enterprise Coalition has produced a response to the Government's Consultation on the proposed Regional Growth Fund. The Regional Growth Fund has been designed to potentially fund the actions of the new Local Enterprise Partnerships.
A briefing prepared by Social Enterprise Network in response to the Government's White Paper on Health and Social Care. We examine how the proposed reforms will affect social enterprises working in the Health and Social Care sector.
A briefing prepared by Social Enterprise Network to inform members of the network of the Coalition government's plans for the 'Big Society' and the role social enterprise can play in this.
This report provides a snapshot of the third sector's ability to measure and communicate the social value of the services it provides. It also investigates the range of frameworks available for measuring social value and assesses progress made towards using these frameworks, particularly the Social Return on Investment (SROI) model currently being promoted by Government.
The Venture Society, is a flagship report which has been released by ResPublica's Civil Society and Social Innovation Unit. The report, part of a project commissioned by UnLtd, urges the new coalition government to create support infrastructure for start up social entrepreneurs, slash bureaucracy and introduce a tax change in its seven point blueprint to help create the Big Society.
The 'Big Society' is emerging as an important early theme for the Coalition government. The new regional strategy currently being developed for the North West makes social enterprise a priority. North West Together We Can commissioned ippr north to identify the critical success factors for social and community enterprises and inform the wider debate.
The report draws together the results of case study research, a survey of social and community enterprises in the North West, a small number of interviews with support providers and local authorities and a cross-sector workshop.
Building a Big Society (PDF)
The Conservative Party pre-election launch document, outlining their plans for the creation of a 'Big Society'.
Choosing a legal form is an important part of establishing a social enterprise. As the framework for your business, it is important to develop a form that makes it as easy as possible for your social enterprise to be successful. This is an invaluable guide to the legal frameworks that surround the legal status of social enterprises and an essential read for the budding social entrepreneur.
The creators of this guide have recently provided an extremely useful Q&A session with the Guardian on this subject. View the article.
This is a useful article which provides a brief overview of CICs and how they work. This article will give you a clearer idea of why some people set up their company as a CIC and the benefits that this can bring to your social enterprise.
Simply Legal (PDF)
A fantastic guide produced by Co-operatives UK, telling you all you need to know about legal forms and organisational types for community enterprises. Click the link above to download a free PDF version of the guide.
The Social Enterprise Manifesto was written by the Coalition in collaboration with the social enterprise community. It details ways in which certain key policy changes could help social enterprise maximise its impact. Click the link above to download the full Manifesto report for free.