Boosting Social Enterprise Development

Good Practice Compendium

Social enterprises are long-standing agents of inclusive growth and democratisation of the economic and social spheres, and they have proved resilient to economic adversity all the while addressing socio-economic challenges in innovative ways, re-integrating people back to the labour market, and contributing to overall social cohesion. This compendium derives policy lessons for boosting social enterprises from the analysis of 20 initiatives in several EU member-countries, covering a range of policy areas from legal frameworks, finance, market access, and support structures, to education and skills.

Published on April 21, 2017Also available in: German, French

In series:Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED)view more titles


Executive summary
Main trends in social enterprise development
Good practice examples for social enterprise development20 chapters available
Social Innovation Factory: An early-stage business support structure, Belgium (Flanders)
SAW-B: A training and advisory services federation, Belgium (Wallonia-Brussels)
The National Strategy for the Development of Social Entrepreneurship, Croatia
Copenhagen Project House (KPH): An incubator for social start-ups, Denmark
Alter'Incub: A regional incubator, France
The Law on the Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE), France
Financing Agency for Social Entrepreneurship (FASE): An intermediary for hybrid financing, Germany
PHINEO: A financial intermediary, Germany
Clann Credo: A social finance provider, Ireland
JEREMIE Sicily ESF Social Finance: A microfinance scheme, Italy
Social Impact Factory: A business-support structure, Netherlands (the)
ES Fund TISE: A loan fund, Poland
Portugal Inovação Social: An integrated approach for social innovation, Portugal
Barcelona City Council Decree for Socially Responsible Public Procurement
El Hueco: A local incubator, Spain
Big Potential: An investment readiness programme, United Kingdom
The Partnership for Supporting the Social Enterprise Strategy, United Kingdom, Scotland
Specialisterne & SAP: A partnership for access to markets, multiple countries/ Denmark
Junior Achievement Europe: An education network, multiple countries
NESsT: A multipronged support structure, multiple countries
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