Social Enterprise Support

What is a Social Enterprise?

Social enterprises are businesses with primarily social objectives whose surpluses are principally re-invested for that purpose in the business or in the community.

Some organisations are developing trading arms or decide to establish themselves as a social enterprise. This page signposts agencies in West Yorkshire and useful websites that provide practical help with developing your ideas for social enterprise.

Social Enterprise Yorkshire and Humber (SEYH)

SEYH  represents, promotes and connects social enterprise in the region. The website has extensive details of finance available for social enterprises in the region. See

Social Enterprise Support Centre (SESC)

The Social Enterprise Support Centre (SESC) is a small, dynamic organisation delivering support services to the social enterprise sector through our networks, events, communications, workshops and consultancy.     e-mail:    Tel: 0845 2578027

Websites that may be of interest:

  • - aimed at people wanting to set up in business, there are also lots of good tips that would be of interest to social enterprises with a good business idea
  • - sources of information, primarily for businesses
  • Social Enterprise London have produced a useful guide - Unlocking the potential - a guide to finance for social enterprises.

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