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8 Tips For Success: Taking Your Social Enterprise To The Next Level
For social enterprises, ‘growth’ is about so much more than just the bottom line. Other businesses tend to focus on simply increasing turnover and profits. Whilst financial sustainability is, of course, crucial to social enterprises, we tend to be primarily concerned with scaling what we do in order to increase our impact.
In this guide Lucy Findlay MBE, Managing Director of Social Enterprise Mark CIC, shares her tips to help other social enterprises to learn from their mistakes and benefit from the wisdom that they’ve accrued over the years working within the sector.
We hope that this guide can help you think more about the long-term view of your social enterprise and the actions that can help you grow and reach more people in a way that is both profitable and benefits society.
About the author
Lucy Findlay MBE is the founding Managing Director of Social Enterprise Mark CIC. She was appointed an MBE in the 2019 Queen’s New Year Honours, in recognition of her contribution to the social enterprise sector and has also been recognised through numerous awards.
About Social Enterprise Mark CIC
Social Enterprise Mark CIC was set up in 2010 to make it easier for social enterprises to articulate their difference and demonstrate their social impact. Their accreditations are internationally recognised and provide assurance to customers that a social enterprise is living up to its claims. socialenterprisemark.org.uk
About Charity Bank
Charity Bank is the loans and savings bank owned by and committed to supporting the social sector. Since 2002, we have used our savers’ money to make more than 1,000 loans totalling over £350m to housing, education, social care, community and other social purpose organisations.
Nothing in this document constitutes advice or a recommendation and professional advice should be taken before taking any action. Links/references to external providers should not be considered a recommendation or endorsement of those providers’ products and/or services.
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