Social Enterprises and their ecosystems

Commissioned by European Commission

This study of social enterprise in the UK was part of a pan-European comparative study. We explored the evolution of the concept in the UK and different legal forms used. We then explored the evidence of the scale of the sector, using both a definition from the European Union that was more focused on the not for profit forms, and the UK definition that included a large proportion of private enterprises. The study also explored the support ecosystem for social enterprise, and the public procurement context. The study ran workshops with key players in the sector, and the findings were presented in a concluding section on current trends and future prospects of the social enterprise sector.

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