Setting up a Social Enterprise

Social enterprises are businesses that trade to tackle social problems, improve communities, people's life chances, or the environment. They make their money from selling goods and services in the open market, but they reinvest their profits back into the business or the local community. And so when they profit, society profits.

You must choose a business structure if you're starting a business that helps people or communities (a ‘social enterprise'):

There are also opportunities to invest in local enterprise with community shares or to bid to run a local service.

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The Social Investment Tax Relief (SITR) is the government's tax break for socialinvestment. Individuals making an eligible investment can deduct 30% of thecost of their investment from their income tax liability.

New to fundraising? Check out these two online training programmes:

And visit the wiki knowledge centre about inclusive entrepreneurship, local development, social entrepreneurship and social innovation.


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This guide offers an overview of the UK’s social investment market in order to help organisations to establish whether and how they can make the most of social investment opportunities available to them.

Find out what Social Investment can do for your organisation.