Guide

Starting a social enterprise

Introduction

If you are thinking about setting up a business but want to achieve more than just financial returns, then you should consider setting up a social enterprise.

Social enterprises are businesses that trade to address social problems, improve communities, people’s quality of life, or the environment.  Their social mission is at the heart of everything they do and all profits are reinvested towards achieving these goals.

One of the benefits of running a social enterprise can be providing employment for local people.

This guide will provide insight to the Northern Ireland social economy and the support available to people thinking about starting a social enterprise.

Free business start-up support

Access free start-up business support from your local council. They will organise one-to-one mentoring sessions with your local business adviser and provide tailored guidance to develop your business plan.

Complete a short enquiry form or call 0800 027 0639 to register for this free advice and guidance.