Pioneers Post

Over the years, Social Enterprise has produced a wide range of supplements on aspects of the social enterprise sector – often in association with specialist partners, such as the Department of Trade & Industry, the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, the Social Enterprise Coalition, and NatWest and The Royal Bank of Scotland.

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Extra facts and stats to accompany The RBS SE100 Data Report 2011.

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This is the second year that the RBS SE100 Index, created by in partnership with RBS, has tracked the performance of social enterprises in the UK.

Together with RBS we developed the SE100 Index to build intelligence about this exciting marketplace – and to put the facts and figures behind the powerful stories about businesses striving to make a real difference.

This index enables us not only to see current growth but to track and benchmark the success of the social business sector over time. This is a vibrant and entrepreneurial sector that is both growing and getting smarter, defying the downturn with innovative ways of delivering products and services that have value beyond the bottom line.


The data report from the first year's RBS SE100 Index is available now. It pulls out all the headline statistics about growth and impact in the sector, has a full list of the 100 fastest growers, the organisations leading the field in reporting their impact, the big 50 and profiles top organisations.

It also looks at key issues that affect growth like the Future Jobs Fund. Statistics are broken down by region, business markets and types of social business.

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Trailblazers, created by Social Enterprise magazine, is an annual publication sent to schools across the UK to inspire young people into social enterprise.

In this issue, the fourth in the series, One Water founder Duncan Goose talks about his search for the next life-changing idea and how his company makes a difference. We look at the many tools, resources and courses that can help young people onto the first rung of the social enterprise ladder, spread the word about Student Hubs getting uni students involved in their communities and hear some inspiring stories from the Social Enterprise Ambassadors.

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As the first publication of its kind, The Social Investment Almanack exists to showcase the different types of social investment. It includes the UK's first comprehensive directory of social investors, finance providers and support organisations.

The four chapters introduce the social investment marketplace and run through models that are well established, just taking off and those that are in the laboratory stage.

This is the essential publication for both social entrepreneurs and social investors alike.

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Social Enterprise makes sure it covers everything you need to know about social investment around the globe. Check out our news, features and comment pages to get the latest developments.

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Fresh Ideas is the second in a series of annual publications produced jointly by the Plunkett Foundation and Social Enterprise to showcase innovative thinking and share best practice on rural social enterprise.

In this issue, Plunkett celebrates 90 years of championing rural enterprise and highlights the benefits of community owned enterprises and social enterprise health care providers.

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Trailblazers is an annual magazine for young people, written by young people sent to every secondary school in England and Wales - that's more than 6,000 schools.

Phil Tulba of Make Your Mark is guest editor for the 2008 issue, which delves into issues of knife crime, innovative ways to produce clean water in developing countries and a day in the life of a third sector minister.

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Enterprising Solutions: Ten pioneers of social enterprise is a celebration of the shortlisted organisations in 2008's Enterprising Solutions awards, including winners The Phone Co-op.

The awards were founded in 1998 by the Royal Bank of Scotland, which sponsored them in 2008 in partnership with the Office of the Third Sector in the Cabinet Office. For the previous five years, the awards were co-ordinated by the Social Enterprise Coalition – the national body for social enterprise, the Department for Environment, Food and
Rural Affairs (Defra), the Department for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform (BERR) and the The Observer newspaper.

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This publication showcases some of the amazing social enterprises in the south east of England for the benefit of policy makers, entrepreneurs looking to make a social change and consumers.

It includes a look at the Westmill Wind Farm, Stonesfield Community Trust and Cool2Care, among many others.

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Trailblazers '07 is an annual magazine inspiring the social entrepreneurs of tomorrow.

This issue introduces some new innovators - Social Enterprise Ambassadors Tokunbo Ajasa-Oluwa of Catch 22 and Kresse Wesling of EAKO - and takes a look at ethical fashion, social enterprise in the countryside and Social Enterprise London.

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Produced in association with rural enterprise champion the Plunkett Foundation, this is a 32-page look at the diverse range of entrepreneurial activity in today's countryside.

Featuring articles by minister's of the day - Defra minister Jonathan Shaw, third sector minister Phil Hope and an interview with communities and local government secretary Hazel Blears.

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This guide was published in 2007 by Forth Sector, one of the UK’s flagship social enterprises, with funding provided by the Royal Bank of Scotland, Communities Scotland and the EQUAL Social Economy Scotland Development Partnership.

Its origins date back to 2001 when Forth Sector and Social Firms Scotland started mapping the business development process for social enterprise and plotted a route for this ‘exciting journey’.

The guide was designed by Society Media with illustrations by Spike Gerrell.

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To enthuse young people and to celebrate Social Enterprise Day (16 November 2006) and the launch of the Make Your Mark: Change Lives campaign, this 32-page publication profiles a host of young social entrepreneurs and gives plenty of advice on how to get started.

In this 24-page profile of the winners of these prestigious national awards, and of the runners-up too, you can see what’s best in British social enterprise – from Sunderland Home Care Associates, that succeeds by ‘putting people first’, to Galeri Caernarfon Cyf, a new hub for the creative industries in North Wales.

From Social Enterprise’s former sister publication New Start this 13-page regional focus asks what makes a social enterprise, explains where to get more information and profiles 16 award-winning local examples.

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From Social Enterprise in association with the Small Business Service and Acevo – the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations – Routes to Enterprise is a 40-page study of the issues and opportunities for the third sector created by an entrepreneurial approach to delivering services.


Backed by a host of organisations that support, encourage and report on the social enterprise sector, including Social Enterprise, Enterprising Solutions is the national social enterprise award. Read detailed profiles of all this year's inspiring winners.

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In association with Defra, an in-depth look at the present and future of rural social enterprise – from biodiversity and climate change to village shops and recycling.

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Sponsored by the DTI's Social Enterprise Unit, here are 32 fact-packed pages about young social entrepreneurs – spanning football, festivals, fair trade, Olympic ambitions, and Prince Charles on the work of The Prince's Trust.

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A profile of socially entrepreneurial online pioneers – including Setas, Nearbuyou, Shop Social Enterprise and the Social Enterprise Coalition. Introduced by Hilary Brown, director of the Social Enterprise Unit of the DTI’s Small Business Service.

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Profiles of all the winners of the national social enterprise award: facts, figures and interviews with the organisations and entrepreneurs at the cutting edge of social enterprise in the UK – from Hackney Community Transport to fair trade leader Cafédirect. Introduced by business minister Nigel Griffiths.

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The groundbreaking guide to kids, teenagers and young adults embracing the ethos of social enterprise. Featuring pukka school dinner guru Jamie Oliver and the trainees of his celebrated restaurant, Fifteen – plus an introduction by Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown.

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This 28-page study looks at how social enterprises can crack the lucrative public sector market. What’s the business case for having social entrepreneurs deliver services? How willing is local government to work with entrepreneurs? We get answers from both sides of the debate.

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Impressive organisations receiving recognition for their achievements through the national social enterprise award, including Pack-IT and Green-Works.

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How and why should social enterprises measure the impact of their activities? This introduction to social accounting and auditing, produced in association with the Cat’s Pyjamas and the DTI’s Social Enterprise Unit, explains.

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How green were the prospects for rural social enterprise back in 2003? We found out.

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A close look at the issues social entrepreneurs must get to grips with when venturing into business, with advice from law firm Bates, Wells & Braithwaite.

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An ideal introduction for social entrepreneurs considering bidding to provide public sector contracts.

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Our first supplement profiling the winners of the national social enterprise award – diverse organisations that make a difference.

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