Mapping the Social Business Sector in Wales 2018/19

This report presents the findings of the Social Business Sector in Wales - 2018/19 Census as the definitive account of social business activity in Wales. It follows similar exercises undertaken in 2016 and 2014 with the aim of providing an up-to-date outline of the state of the sector; including its size, composition and contribution to the Welsh economy and how it has changed here.

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Executive Summary

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16 page bi-lingual Executive Summary. Featuring key findings and foreword from Lee Waters AM, Deputy Minister for Economy & Transport. Report and research conducted by Wavehill Ltd. Commissioned and published by Social Business Wales.

Social Business Wales case study supplement

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Examples of social businesses we have worked with across Wales to help grow, expand, diversify, collaborate and transform. Featuring: Down to Earth, Creating Enterprise, ELITE Paper Solutions, Aber Instruments.

Full report

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Full PDF report (93 pages total). Report and research conducted by Wavehill Ltd. Commissioned and published by Social Business Wales.

Social Business Directory

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A list of social businesses in Wales, including short descriptions and contact details.

The report was officially launched at Creating Enterprise (Tuesday 4th June), an award-winning building and maintenance social business based in North Wales. A wholly-owned subsidiary of Cartrefi Conwy Housing Association. All of its commercial profits are reinvested into employment initiatives via its Employment Academy, which creates volunteering, training and employment opportunities for social housing tenants. With specialist business advice from Social Business Wales, Creating Enterprise has experienced rapid growth since it was established as a community interest company in 2015. The most recent accounts show an annual turnover of £9.7m, 3,800 properties maintained a year and 1,200 individuals accessing the drop in training facilities at Mochdre.

Mapping the Social Business Sector in Wales report, June 2019. Report and research conducted by Wavehill Ltd. Commissioned and published by Social Business Wales.

Social Business Wales is funded by the European Regional Development Fund and Welsh Government. It is delivered by the Wales Co-operative Centre and is part of the Business Wales service.

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Lee Waters AM, Deputy Minister for Economy and Transport

“This research shows a confident sector that employs around 55,000 people and contributes over £3bn to our economy. As headlines, these are impressive figures but they do not tell the whole story…”

Deputy Minister visits ELITE Paper Solutions, May 2019