Social Enterprise

Social Enterprise

What is a Social Enterprise?

If you already operate a Social Enterprise or want to start a Social Enterprise you need a law firm which really understands your needs.

A Social Enterprise is an organisation with a difference. It differs from ordinary businesses because its aim is to provide a benefit to the community rather than to its owners or operators. Its surplus funds are either invested back into the Social Enterprise or the community. The aim of a Social Enterprise is not to generate profit for its owners but to maximise benefits to the community or a section of the community.

The phrase “Social Enterprise” is a catch all term to describe lots of different types of organisations which operate for the good of society. The same as the word “business” includes sole traders, partnerships and companies.

Types of Social Enterprise

Social Enterprises do not have to take a particular legal form. This means that there are many different types of Social Enterprise. Types of Social Enterprise include:

  • Unincorporated associations
  • Companies and Community interest companies
  • Trusts
  • Industrial and provident societies
  • (from 2011) Charitable Incorporated Organisation
  • Project based joint ventures and partnering arrangements

The form your Social Enterprise takes may depend on considerations such as what you want to do, stakeholder involvement, funding and tax efficiency.

Examples

Social Enterprises can be small local concerns or national organisations. A few examples of common services provided by Social Enterprises are:

  • childcare services
  • community projects such as pop-in centres
  • regeneration projects
  • training and educational providers
  • leisure service providers

In addition, Social Enterprises and Social Entrepreneurs will be at the core of the Local Government reorganisation plans with services and functions being transferred to existing or specially set up Social Enterprises.

Want to know more?

Blog Posts

Can you claim compensation after a back injury at work?

09/09/2019

The personal injury team at Gotelee were contacted by a client because they had…

Read More
Upcoming Events

Managing the workforce in 2019

03/04/2019

If you employ staff or have responsibility for HR, Gotelee Solicitor’s annual employment law…

Read More
News Posts

Where there’s a will, there’s a way

05/09/2019

We may not like talking about death but it’s the ultimate eventuality and preparing…

Read More

Testimonials

"Jade Shelton was absolutely fantastic!! Professional and proactive at all times."

- JH

"Approachable, very efficient, always willing to take my calls and update me."

- SH

"We were very pleased to have Jade as our solicitor, the service was excellent and we felt kept in the loop which minimised stress"

- CT

"This is by far the go-to firm for any issues. You are made to feel valued from the outset and they are so confident in what they do. Wouldn't recommend any other. Thank you Hugh and Max."

- Ros Jones

"Jade made the process of buying our first home quick, easy and took the stress out of a new chapter of our lives"

-

"I don't think this house sale would have pulled together without Jo's determination and expertise. Excellent!"

- MT

"“ This is the second time we have used Tracey for the conveyancing to buy our new home. She is always completely approachable, she has helped us along the way with advice and useful tips that has helped lessen the stress. We have complete confidence in her and would not hesitate to recommend her to our friends and family”.  - Peter Dawes, Cater Dawes Financial Planning "

-

"I have used Tracey Laflin at Gotelee on a number of occasions and in my opinion, she is simply the most efficient conveyancing solicitor I have ever worked with. From the outset, she took the time to understand my specific business requirements and to date, she has exceeded all of my expectations."

- Dale Fiddy - Portobello Developments Ltd

"The ease that we could access and speak to Pat Smith - Thank you"

-

"We found Rachel Dawson outstanding, polite, professional and caring."

-

Please select preferred method of contact

* We will only contact you by telephone if you select this as primary form of contact. All web enquiries will be stored on our website for 30 days.