October 29, 2013
From 2010 – 2012 Social Traders undertook two major projects supporting existing social enterprises to improve their financial viability through capability building, Building Social Enterprise Trading Turnover (BSETT) and National Social Enterprise Development Support (NSEDS).
This research looks at the outcomes and lessons coming from these projects.
The two projects were quite distinct but adopted similar approaches, working with a total of 45
social enterprises for periods ranging from 6 – 10 months in NSEDS and18 months in BSETT.
Common elements of the projects included:
- Individual, tailored support delivered by a trusted advisor;
- Specialist staff with business and social enterprise experience;
- Capacity to broker or purchase specialist skills where needed;
- Approach designed to maximize skills transfer and develop self sufficiency in enterprises;
- Catalysing hard decisions;
- Training and networking opportunities designed for social enterprises.
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