Social Enterprise

supporting social enterprise start-up

Social Enterprise
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Engage Renfrewshire - supporting social enterprise start up

Engage Renfrewshire provides advice and support to social enterprises who want to start up or develop further. We also provide support with Community Asset Transfer and the distribution of community benefits; helping your organisation to build meaningful relationships within the local public and private sectors.

Social Enterprise

Unlike a traditional business which focuses on making profits for its shareholders, a social enterprise uses business practices to achieve socially positive goals; most often the enterprise still makes a profit, but would responsibly reinvest it back into the company's social aims.

The Cooperative Group and The Big Issue are some of the largest social enterprises in the UK, but organisations come in all sizes. A social enterprise could be formed to deliver youth activities, run a community hall, or achieve other goals within a community.

Iain has created a short introduction to Social Enterprise which can be viewed below.

The Social Enterprise Journey

The image below highlights the journey more social enterprises go through: from an initial enquiry to setting up your social enterprise, to trading. It plots the various stages as you progress and Engage Renfrewshire, and our external partners, can support you at every step. Keep scrolling to see the support we can offer. 

The journey can take between 6-24 months to complete. That time typically includes allowing for legal structure set up and initial start-up funding to come in to place.

What we do

Engage Renfrewshire supports your social enterprise creation or development by helping you to

  • Understand the basic principles
  • Examine whether your group could operate as a social enterprise
  • Decide on the best structure, get set up and start operating
  • Make plans which underpin best practice, sustainability and getting results
  • Facilitate the local Social Enterprise Network
  • Access Local Authorities procurement & Community Benefits programme

For further information contact info@engagerenfrewshire.com or 0141 887 7707.

To register on our Renfrewshire Social Enterprise directory, please complete this FORM.


Community Benefit information

Engage Renfrewshire is currently working in partnership with Renfrewshire Council’s Economic Development and Procurement Officers on their community benefit and supply chain initiatives. Community benefits are part of the tendering and procurement process that Renfrewshire Council includes when awarding contracts to suppliers. The benefits which are aimed at Social Enterprises, derives in two forms, (1) financial; by way of direct grants and (2) non-financial; by way of materials and/or equipment, professional support including mentoring, and training opportunities.

See our handy guide on Community Benefits here

Get in touch with us today to find out more about getting invovled. 



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