→ Business Plan Guide — an easy-to-use business plan template in MS Word.
→ Business Planning Guide to developing a social enterprise — aimed particularly at voluntary and community organisations that are considering developing social enterprise activities. Produced by Forth Sector Development.
→ Handy guide to legal structures — it compares the characteristics (legal, tax, flexibility, distribution of profits etc) of the various legal structures that social enterprises and other not-for-personal-profit enterprises can adopt. Produced by Anthony Collins Solicitors.
Developing a social enterprise
Our four-part Developing a Social Enterprise resource pack is for those that wish to set up a social enterprise, but have little or no experience of business development.
→ Start your social enterprise — Social Enterprise UK’s practical guide to starting a social enterprise, taken from ‘Your Chance to Change the World’, by social entrepreneur Craig Dearden-Phillips.
Finance for social enterprise
→ Download our Finance for Social Enterprise guide, prepared by ART, one of the longest-established community finance institutions in the country.
Guide to business advice
→ Telling tales: A practical toolkit on measuring and communicating your impact. Produced by brap.
→ The New Economics Foundation (nef) has been at t he forefront of developing Social Return on Investment techniques for measuring, assessing and attributing a financial value to the social outcomes of businesses, projects or other kinds of interventions. See nef’s SROI resources.
→ Building Your Cluster – A guide to working in partnership and best practice in joint working, covering leadership and governance, roles and effective communication. Features ideas for group development and checklists. Produced by iSE.
BSSEC’s periodic briefing papers on key policy issues of importance to the social enterprise sector:
Promoting your social enterprise
Our six-part Promoting Your Enterprise resource pack is for social enterprises that want to improve the effectiveness of their promotional activities: