Guide

Choose the right structure for your social enterprise

Support for setting up and running a social enterprise

As well as the mainstream support available to all business start-ups there are some initiatives and organisations designed for social entrepreneurs:

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) have produced a helpful e-learning course to help social enterprises get to grips with taxes when starting up - see tax help for social enterprises.

Free business start-up support

Access free start-up business support from your local council. Contact them to get one-to-one advice from a business advisor and tailored guidance to develop your business plan.

If you are considering starting up a new business, you need to consider a number of factors to ensure the best chance of success - see step-by-step guide to starting a business.

Northern Ireland business support finder

The Northern Ireland business support finder is a searchable database that can help you find publicly-funded and not-for-profit sources of business growth assistance you may be eligible to apply for. Support may be available in a number of forms, including financial assistance and free or subsidised advice services.