Social Enterprise in Southend

Social enterprises are businesses engaged in some form of trading, but instead of making money for private shareholders they make profits to address social and/or environmental needs.  They are distinct from private sector businesses by having an explicit social and/or environmental purpose; they are different from voluntary sector organisations by having a business focus. Social Enterprise is a concept not a legal entity. 

There are more than 60,000 social enterprises in the UK, adding over £24billion to the economy and employing nearly 1million people. The South East is one of the fastest growing areas with 36% of social enterprises in the area are less than 3 years old (SE UK 2016). A Social Enterprise Network has been established in Southend.

If you are interested in starting a Social Enterprise or finding out more about the network in Southend please contact the Economic Development team on 01702 215022 or email Further information on the sector can also be found on the Business-on-Sea website.

Page last updated: 29/06/2018