Social Enterprise Movement

We are founders of the social enterprise movement, tracing our history back to the pioneers in the UK in the early 1990s and joined by directors around the world, based in Italy, Poland, France, China and Indonesia.  All the Directors are leading activists, practitioners or academics.

Social Licences

By working with quality organisations and enterprises that share our values and objectives, Social Enterprise International Ltd creates global networks of activists that develop social enterprises to change the world around us, for the better.


Supporting the many initiatives around the world are a talented group of professional associates and partners covering every field in the social economy.

What We Do – Our Record

We have pioneered the way people manage and govern social enterprise by setting up models of social licensing, social audit and contributing to new development strategies (such as the FairShares Model).

We initiated the first UK social enterprise courses for teachers in 1999 (based on our co-publication with CAN called ‘Learning by Doing’), and spread social enterprise through courses in Asia and Africa. We were amongst the first in the world to run accredited social enterprise courses at Hull University in 2002, and then delivered the ground breaking summer schools with Sheffield Hallam University (2009 – 2014) where participants decided to form the FairShares Association.

We have developed and supported innovations around the world, pioneering new decision-making and development processes (e.g. Barrowcliff Model, Shared Growth, Social Enterprise Planning, OPERA) and are now active in applied research (Erasmus+ and Horizon 20/20). Our Directors have published (award winning) academic papers. One of the world’s leading textbooks (‘Understanding Social Enterprise: Theory and Practice’) was co-authored by our Director Professor Rory Ridley-Duff with Dr Mike Bull.

We have not let up. If anything we are doing more, changing more, harnessing the skills and energy of more and more people and bringing social enterprise to new countries.  If you want to find out about our current training courses, international projects or want to use our skills to improve or develop your ideas, please contact us.