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British Council
The British Council is a British organisation specialising in international cultural and educational opportunities. It works in over 100 countries: promoting a wider knowledge of the United Kingdom and the English language; encouraging cultural, scientific, technological and educational co-operation with the United Kingdom. Promoting UK businesses and SE through grants, training advice and more
Tel: (0)161 957 7755

Relevant Trainings

Various high profile courses, for example "Enabling Entrepreneurs to Shape a Better World: Get equipped with the latest tools and social impact insights to develop your own entrepreneurial potential to solve the world's biggest problems."
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Good and Bad Practices



In 2015 LocoSoco was set up and strived to understand the needs of local communities. Between 2016 and 2019 involved more business partners and grew the IT backbone of the approach to identify the needs of the community and refine social business solutions to them. In this time the social enterprise raised money from various investor groups. By 2019 LocoSoco started working with corner shops to sell hand sanitizing products.

Coin Street Builders

1977 a struggle over the development over the coin street area lead the local community to organise. until 1984 they struggeled until they were victorious with their own development plan. Since then they have collected the area. Today they are a collection of businesses, the most prevelent the coin street builders.

Wholefoods Suma

Since it was registered as a worker co-operative in 1977, Suma has grown consistently to a current state where it has a 64-strong workforce. Through fair trade, organic and vegetarian foods they got a turnover of about £21million. It has grown to 120 employees.

The Big Issue

Started in 1991, financed through an external comapny two founders set up The Big Issue a limited company and the goal of the organisation is to sell the magazine to consumers on the basis of its quality rather than as a means of obtaining a charitable donation. They had difficulties to work with homeless people but adding social work in their efforts made them grow in a very big newspaper.There are currently around 1500 vendors, and last year alone the Big Issues (BI) helped them to earn a total of £5.5 million. Currently the magazine is read by over 400,000 people across the UK and circulates 83,073 copies every week, as summarised below.

Triodos Bank

Triodos Bank N.V. was founded in the Netherlands with EUR 540,000 in start-up share capital and a full banking licence from the Dutch Central Bank, in 1993. Triodos Bank Belgium is the first branch to launch outside the Netherlands in 1995. Triodos Bank United Kingdom was established in 1997. They are the leader in social banking.

National Policies and Strategies

Creation of a dedicated Social Enterprise Unit within the (then) Department of Trade & Industry and appointment of a junior minister responsible for social enterprise;
creation of a unit within the (then) Department of Trade & Industry and appointment of a junior minister responsible for social enterprise;