The first stop on your journey should be thinking about a great idea. Here are some things to consider.
Whether you have an idea or an established social enterprise, the resource hub is full of content that will help you drive your organisation forward.
Ideas & starting up
Got an idea for a project that tackles a social or environmental problem? Take your first steps to starting it up.
It's important to test your idea and do some basic market research before setting anything up.
You have a great idea. Now you need to tell people about it.
You’ve got an idea you think could make the world a better place. How do you go about turning it into a real business?
You need a legal structure to officially set things up. But choosing one can be confusing. We can help.
A business plan will help you clarify your idea, identify challenges and allow you to monitor the progress you’re making.
Where can you find some money to get your project off the ground?
Get the lowdown on Covid-19 emergency funding, grants, and social investment.
Five tips to make sure your energy and resources are focused on what really works.
Growing & trading
Strengthen your social enterprise, charity, community business or impact project.
Your board has responsibility for overseeing the governance of your project - but they can help in lots of other ways.
Your brand says something about your project's identity and what you do.
There will be lots of new challenges and critical decisions to make. A mentor can give you sound advice.
HR involves all aspects of employing and managing people that work in your organisation.
If you don't earn enough income for your products or services, you'll struggle to stay afloat.
Getting your accounts done on time is a legal requirement. We can point you in the right direction.
Sustaining & scaling
Your project or social enterprise is established. Now you want to bring in more income, make it sustainable and perhaps scale it.
Measuring social impact helps you understand if you're creating the change you wish to see. It's also important for funders and partners.
This guide explains how you can work with corporates: for funding, partnerships, contracts and pro-bono (free) support.
You can't be on all social media platforms, all the time. These five tips will help you narrow your focus.
Many social entrepreneurs are great at impact, but struggle with sales and marketing. This guide will help.
A lot of your skills as a social entrepreneur will stand you in good stead when aiming to win income from contracts.
Social replication is about reproducing your way of creating impact in other geographic areas or markets. You'll increase impact and reach.
Generating income from trading? Social investment could help you to grow your social enterprise or charity.
Leadership can be a very lonely place. Here are our tips on staying positive when times are tough.