We are a team of specialist business advisors focusing on setting up new social enterprises. We’re part of the Social Business Wales programme which is funded by the European Regional Development Fund through Welsh Government, and delivered by the Wales Co-operative Centre.
We’ve been advising social enterprises since 1982 and in that time have helped set up hundreds of new businesses.
Our support is fully funded which means that you get free guidance every step of the way.
Starting a social business
If you’re thinking of setting up a business which puts its profits into a good cause, our specialist advisors can help you get started.
In order for your new business to flourish, you need to build strong foundations. Our team can offer one-to-one business support to help you get everything in place. Just get in touch
How can we help?
Starting a business can be challenging, but we can you guide you on how to make the best start for your social business
Visioning & structure
We can work with your group to ensure there is a shared vision for the business and help you choose the right legal structure for your new business
Director training & investment strategy
We can help you develop an investment strategy, advise you on grants, loans, crowd funding and community shares and provide training for your directors so they have confidence in their roles and responsibilities
Incorporation & policies
We can help to write your governing document and get your business incorporated. We can also help you to create policies to ensure that your organisation is well run
Governance & board engagement
We can help you set up a governance system and engage with potential board members
Compliance & risk
We can support you to identify any compliancy issues or risks that the business may have and how these could be managed
Opening a bank account
We can help you to open a bank account for your new enterprise
See how other social enterprises started and how they've gone from strength to strength...
Q&A: Prom dress charity founder Ally Elouise makes essential PPE during the Covid-19 crisis.
Ally Elouise from Prom Ally discusses the motivation to give young women free access to prom dresses, the success ‘Eco-Wardrobe’ promoting reuse of formal clothing and their work with the ‘Sew for the NHS’ campaign during the Covid-19 crisis.
Carmarthenshire social enterprise helps Syrian refugees gain employment within their new communities
Matt Miller of Amal discusses how they have recently set up to help Syrian refugees find paid employment while also making it easier for local firms to take on, all while under lockdown conditions.
A cycle ride to Turkey sent two e-bike entrepreneurs on a journey to a more impactful and inclusive way of life
Bethan Ward from Drosi Bikes tells us how they began converting unloved pedal bikes and the massive environmental, physical, social and emotional benefits their communities have seen as a result of the increase in bike use in recent times.
Here are a few resources to help you understand social entrepreneurship and start your business