Useful resources for Social Enterprise start-ups Useful resources for Social Enterprise start-ups


School for Social Entrepreneurs

The SSE is a registered charity which delivers learning programmes and courses to support aspiring and established social entrepreneurs.

Setting up a social enterprise (

Government website overview of the different legal structures of social enterprises, which covers what is required when registering a particular type of company.

Social Enterprise East of England

The membership organisation for social enterprises in the East of England, which offers workshops and an online resource library.

Social Enterprise Mark

Social enterprise accreditation scheme which enables companies to prove that they are in business to create positive changes for people and planet.

Social Enterprise UK

National membership body for social enterprise: conducting research, lobbying and delivering campaigns to help raise the profile of businesses within the sector.


A leading provider of support to social ventures in the UK, supporting individuals with ideas designed to deliver positive social change. Their programme offers support to social entrepreneurs at every stage, from starting up to scaling up.

Tools and Resources

UnLtd Social Entrepreneurship Toolkit

Comprehensive toolkit which outlines every stage of setting up a social enterprise: from the initial idea, through to creating a more sustainable venture which may be replicated.

‘Rooted: Growing Your Own Social Venture’ – via UnLtd

Guide to starting a social venture, from defining an opportunity to running and sustaining a social enterprise.


‘How to be a social entrepreneur’, Andy Stoll - TEDx Talk

Renowned social entrepreneur Andy Stoll explains how to start a venture which seeks to create a positive impact, through inspirational stories about successful social enterprises.

‘The future is social entrepreneurship’, Kerryn Krige - TEDx Talk

Kerryn Krige of the Gordon Institute explores the possibilities of achieving meaningful change through social enterprise, and the relationship between for-profit and not-for-profit ventures.