About Skills for social entrepreneurs
Skills for Social Entrepreneurs is a British Council project that provides international learning and networking and aims to create partnerships across the public and private sector and civil society organisations.
Through this programme, we want to engage social entrepreneurs in the UK and across the world to look for new ways of doing business for social purposes. We are:
- working with social entrepreneurs, communities, schools and universities, think tanks, government agencies and NGOs
- providing opportunities to network and develop partnership ideas through international events and study tours to and from the UK
- developing training programmes to support social entrepreneurs in increasing the impact of their work
- exploring funding schemes with partners to create more investment opportunities in social entrepreneurship.
What is a social enterprise?
A social enterprise is a business with primarily social objectives whose surpluses are principally reinvested in the business or in the community, rather than being driven by the need to maximise profit for shareholders and owners. Being entrepreneurial is much more than just closing a deal. It is also about creating the ideal: empowering a community and solving social problems.
Join us online
Being part of Skills for social entrepreneurs means your social enterprise becomes a part of a growing international network.
Join the world’s largest network of social enterprises and social entrepreneurs created by the Guardian in partnership with the British Council and get insight, advice and best practice from the community.
The Social Enterprise Network aims to connect and empower socially-minded people, and help them generate greater positive impact in the real world. Registration is free.
Freer Spreckley, who delivered our Social Enterprise Planning Course, wrote two toolkits for social entrepreneurs that have been translated and adapted by our colleagues from CEDRA, Cluster for Eco Social Development.
Short videos from the international conference on social entrepreneurship on our YouTube channel.