Social Enterprise

Oxfordshire is one of the UK’s leading Hotspots for Social Enterprise, recognised by Social Enterprise UK as the first county to achieve Social Enterprise “Place” status.

70,000 social enterprises in the UK contribute £18.5 Billion GVA to the economy and employ 970,000 people.

A growing number of Social Enterprises are being set up across the county, and along with existing, well-established organisations operate in a wide range of sectors including energy, communications, food and drink, recycling, property services, health and education.

Oxford Brookes University, the University of Oxford and Student Hubs recently established the Oxfordshire Social Entrepreneurship Partnership (OSEP). Supported by private and public funding, it offers funding awards and a support programme to help establish and grow social enterprise.

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Network Navigator for Social Enterprise

Grant has developed a passion for social enterprise and a responsible approach to business, gained through a successful career at board level and as a business owner as well as more recently working in the voluntary sector. Working with key people across all sectors, Grant has developed a specialism for collaboration, constantly seeking synergies and ways organisations and individuals can develop relationships and leverage under-utilised resources, skills and opportunities.

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Network Navigator for Social Enterprise

Caroline has been responsible for co-ordinating the University of Oxford Social Enterprise scheme since January 2012 and has been actively involved with partners at Oxford Brookes University, Oxford Student Hub and UnLtd.to support a national network of social entrepreneurs. Prior to joining the University of Oxford, Caroline worked in the not-for-profit sector as a Senior Manager and Chief Executive, leading organisations through turnaround, start-up and growth as well as mentoring for small charities and social enterprises.

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Resources for Social Enterprise

  • Oxfordshire Social Entrepreneurship Partnership - OSEP has been set up to help existing and prospective social entrepreneurs plan, develop and grow their businesses.
  • ROBIN - A network of like-minded people who collaborate and support charities and community groups by sharing skills and resources creatively. 
  • Transform Foundation - Gives grants to social enterprises and charities to help build an amazing web presence. Grants of £18,000 are available.
  • Funding Central - Lists thousands of funding and finance opportunities for voluntary organisations and social enterprises registered in England.
  • Social Enterprise Mentoring Programme - gives experienced business leaders the opportunity to use their skills to support social entrepreneurs to grow their businesses.
  • Charity Bank - They lend to charities, social enterprises and organisations tackling social and environmental issues and shape our terms and repayment schedules around their needs.
  • Big Issue Invest - helps scale up social enterprises and charities throughout the UK by providing loans and investments

Social Saturday

Social Saturday on 15 October 2016 was a UK-wide day of activity to celebrate and raise awareness of British social enterprises.social saturday.png

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