Social enterprise — state of the sector 2015

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SEUK has just announced that there will be a ‘state of the sector’ report this year and initial headline data is now available.

Data available so far reveals a sector that is exceeding expectations given the harsh economic climate and  indicates that:

  • It is a relatively young sector — more than 50% of social enterprises are less than five years old.
  • Over half of social enterprises saw turnover increase in the past year.
  • This financial performance is being  driven partly by innovation, with 59% of organisations having developed new products and services in 2014.
  • It’s a diverse sector, with 40% of social enterprises led by women and 11% by leaders from a minority ethnic background.
  • 14% of social enterprises are exporters.


There’s an excellent infographic presenting findings so far HERE. Click on it for a larger view — very impressive!

The full survey report will be available later this year.

Birmingham UK. Freelance research, evaluation and policy consultant specialising in social enterprise and the third sector. I maintain the BSSEC blog and website

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