Social Enterprise Link plans to be able to help develop a number of initiatives and help leading a movement of private and public business to the social economy enterprise Sector as well as helped support new and existing businesses.

We are working on;

Social Enterprise Opportunities Platform (R&D)

Credit Union Support Orgnisation UK

Solent Social Enterprise Zone

Barriers and Building Blocks to the Solidarity Economy in Europe (see below)

Consortia development

Collaborative membership bids - Including A Heritage Lottery Fund bid, 'The History of Social Enteprise in the Solent area, an Awards for All - Social media for social enterprise,


And we have worked on;

South West Trains Franchise Social Enterprise Partnership programme - Research and Development action report for the Stagecoach South West Trains Frianchise Tender

West Howe Social Enterprise ParkCreating a successful social enterprise or cooperative is also about creating the environment for it to thrive. Social solutions to housing, health, employment, retail, leisure etc. can be found and building the Enterprise Park idea is focussed on bringing all these together. In West Howe, 8 local organisations have agreed to help facilitate the development of Social Enterprises and cooperatives from which it is planned many jobs and activities will emerge.

Social Enterprise Consortia for Health (Wessex) – an organisation designed to help bring smaller social enterprise and cooperative health providers together to share knowledge and to make tender bidding much easier

SECOM – Building common objectives for Social Enterprises, CIC’s Cooperatives and Mutual organisations. Representatives of John Lewis, the Co-operative Group, Liverpool Victoria and others have been asked if they think there is the possibility of cooperative working across all SECOM (4th Sector) – so far, the answer has been yes.

ACTid: Arts Consortium in Dorset - project to buid an arts consortium for Dorset

Barriers and Building Blocks to the Solidarity Economy in Europe -


In 2014 the Rome Strategy, included commitments;

2.1 To recognise the unique role of the Social Economy in attaining the objective of “smart, sustainable and inclusive growth”.

2.2. To develop straightforward guidelines, monitoring and reporting tools for national and regional authorities concerning the implementation of the public procurement directive at the national and local levels.

2.3. To expand the modes of partnership between the public sector and social economy organisations within a logic of subsidiarity, co-design and co-production.

2.4. To monitor and report the extent to which European Structural Funds are being used at the national and regional levels to promote and support the Social Economy

On the 7th December 2015 the ‘European Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council’, agreed that “the promotion of the social economy as a key driver of economic and social development in Europe” needed to be supported more firmly.

On the 20th November 2015, the European Institute for Local Development held the 1st International Conference on the “Social Economy as a strategic instrument for European development and integration”, highlighting the sectors’ relevance to quality employment.

On the 12th January 2016 the European Parliament’s Social Economy Intergroup held a Public hearing to consider “Mainstreaming the social economy as an actor into EU employment policies”.

Following a visit to Mondragon in Spain, ERIS and Move Your Business have undertaken pilot projects in North Rheine Westphalia and the wider Basque region, to help identify barriers and building blocks to the growth of social economy and social partnership enterprises in Europe.

A visit to the E.E.S.C. in Brussels in the summer of 2015, hosted by George Dassis further contributed to their considerations and reports from each visit have been written.

These pilot projects identified some key issues to follow up;

  • Legislation and regulation
  • Financial investment practices and ethos
  • The internal challenges for an enterprise to balance financial, social and environmental sustainability (including employee training and well-being)
  • Workers and communities interest, confidence, knowledge and self-identification for taking on the responsibilities of ownership
  • Educational barriers and the lack of understanding of the sector more widely
  • The lack of collaboration in the Solidarity Economy
  • Personality driven governance, operations and remuneration practice

The research will involve web based, theoretical, statistical and interview research to address these questions. Details of this available on request

Outputs will include;

A map of Solidarity Economy organisations

Reports and action plans for each research region.

Experimental research projects



Better informed policy making

Evidence of the value of these collaborations  

The growth of the solidarity economy




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