Social enterprise is an exciting and fast-growing sector and movement – both in the UK and around the world. More and more people want to do business and do good at the same time, and this is what social enterprise is all about. Setting up a social enterprise – or changing an organisation from a charity, public sector or private business into a successful social enterprise can be a daunting, exhilarating and challenging experience.

But it’s one that the UK’s successful social enterprise leaders will tell you they are very glad they had. You can sometimes feel alone on the journey – and that’s why it’s vital to learn from the experiences of those who have gone before you. With that in mind, Social Enterprise UK have produced this highly practical guide – extracted from ‘Your Chance to Change the World’, a book by leading social entrepreneur Craig Dearden-Phillips – to give you the knowledge, confidence and inspiration to make your idea a reality.

There’s a lot of information out there for start-ups, and this guide takes you through the essentials, but we focus on the parts that are most important in a social enterprise. Social enterprises have some unique challenges. For example in a social enterprise you don’t just have to worry about keeping the customer satisfied. You have to satisfy your social ambitions too – whether that means serving a community, protecting the environment or solving a social problem. This guide is intended to help you get your head round the essentials.

Download the start_your_social_enterprise Guide here.

We wish you every success on the journey. And we’d like to help you on the way – please join Social Enterprise UK, the membership body for social enterprises. Visit or email

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