Social Enterprise Link (Wessex) CIC is opening up opportunities for social enterprises and liaising with the private, public and non-trading charity sectors, to facilitate the creation of a strong local Social Economy Enterprise Sector. Our mission is to help create and then maintain a sector that commands 25% of the local economy by 2035 in Wessex.
We will provide you or signpost you to our expert members if you want to start a social enterprise, develop your social enterprise, market your social enterprise, commission social enterprises, find educational opportunities or for anything social and cooperative enterprise in Wessex.
Social economy enterprises have something for everyone. Here is what it means to Alex Hannant:
We have been working since 2011 in Bournemouth, Dorset, Southampton,
Poole, Portsmouth and Hampshire with social, community and
and cooperative enterprises, with economic development infrastructure
organisations to make this a reality.
Social Enterprise Link is an democratic organisation with individual and orgnisational members, and we ask members to show evidence of their socially responsible production, trading and work practices.
We are members of a number of cooperatives, consortia, trade associations and informal networks including;
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?
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. And so when they profit, society profits.
Social enterprises are in our communities and on our high streets – from coffee shops and cinemas, to pubs and leisure centres, banks and bus companies.
Co-operatives are a flexible business model. They can be set up in different ways, using different legal structures, depending on what works for the members.
The definition of a co-operative business is that they are owned and run by the members - the people who benefit from the co-operative's services.
Although they carry out all kinds of business, all co-operative businesses have core things in common.
Solent Social Enterprise Place has 3 major aims: