A key issue for many social enterprises in the current climate is finding new customers and diversifying their customer base. This has proven to be especially the case for those enterprises that are heavily dependent on public sector customers — and some estimates suggest this could be as much as half the sector.
One of the things BSSEC members have been doing in Birmingham is trying to create conditions in which it becomes easier for social enterprises to do more business with each other and with the wider third sector.
iSE has set up Shop for Change to help make this happen. Based on research to examine real-life social enterprise trends and behaviour in the marketplace, Shop for Change is a campaign, a pledge and a trade directory aimed at making it easier for social enterprises to do more business with each other and with the wider third sector.