Supporting Social Enterprise and Community Development
I work with social enterprises and mission-led businesses to link their aspirations for social change with a business strategy that supports rather than compromises their values
Social enterprise offers the flexibility, autonomy and empowerment of a private business, alongside the transparency and values of activism. Stepping into a social enterprise business model brings the opportunity for social change to be genuinely financially sustainable, outside of the constantly changing tides of funding priorities or government policy. In turn this often improves our ability to offer what is actually needed and useful.
I offer direct support and coaching to individuals and groups to get new community projects and social enterprises off the ground; support businesses through financial crises and disputes; establishing governance and legal structures; funding advice and direct fundraising; debt finance; business and strategic planning; and use of various models including theory of change, business planning canvas and logical framework planning.
I work at the edge of entrepreneurialism, often supporting clients over the long term, and may join the team as a Director or trustee, and have at times worked to set up my own ideas, including developing and co-founding Bristol Energy Cooperative, now the UK’s largest community energy company by installed capacity.
I am currently exploring a range of interests around homelessness responses and affordable / ecological housing, renewable energy, pensions and investment platforms to support social enterprise, and the potential for social enterprise to respond to the sell-off of statutory assets in the current age of austerity.
Business Model Generation
Governance and Legal Structure