SOCIAL ENTERPRISE NORTH DEVON HOME
Our aim for this brand new network is to operate as a physical meeting place and an online focal point for social entrepreneurs who live and work in our area. We want the network to offer a way for local enterprises - big and small – that operate in any sector to create new business opportunities and also exchange information, ideas and expertise.
This free network offers North Devon social entrepreneurs and enterprises the opportunity to raise their local profile within a rapidly growing regional, national and international sector.
Whether you're running an existing social enterprise, are a budding social entrepreneur, support social enterprises or are interested in taking business beyond profit – this network is for you.
What are Social Enterprises?
Social enterprises are businesses that trade to improve communities, people’s life chances, or the environment. They make their money from selling goods and services in the open market, and 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 local food producers, to community halls and leisure centres, childcare facilities and care for the elderly, to banks and recycling centres. They exist in many forms including companies, charities, CIC’s, CIO’s and Co-Operatives.
Social Enterprise UK
"As a local businesswoman utilising my business activities to provide apprenticeship programmes,
I am excited that a new kind of business support network is launching in North Devon - one that aims to support business owners who want to generate profits but also do good too".
Stacey Pledge - B My Office
Rob Cannicott from Rob's Soul Foods, Appledore
speaking at January 2015 SEND network meeting
Film by North Devon Moving Image