Who We Are
We are founders of the social enterprise movement, tracing our history back to the pioneers in the UK in the early 1990s. Now the founders are joined by Directors around the world, based in Italy, Poland, France, China and Indonesia. All the Director are leading activists, practitioners or Academics.
The company works through Social Licences. Working with high quality organisations and enterprises who share our values and objectives we have created a global network of activists creating new social enterprises and changing 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. Setting up models of Social Licensing, Social Audit and creating new legal structures such as FairShares.
We were the first in the world to run accredited courses on social enterprise with Hull University in 2002, we have run ground breaking Summer schools with Sheffield Hallam University, We were the first to run social enterprise courses for teachers based on our publication wth CAN in 1999 called Learning by Doing and ran many of the first courses in social enterprise in Asia and Africa.
We have developed and supported Innovations around the world, from new ways of decision making and development e.g The Barrowcliff Model, Shared Growth and Social Enterprise Planning.
We have been active in the field of research. Publishing award winning papers, and Professor Rory Ridley-Duff’s Social Enterprise Theory and Practice is recognised by most in the field as the most important book about social enterprise there is.
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