A major survey of social businesses in Wales is about to get underway

Please help us get your voice heard when it is needed most!

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In 2018, Wales Co-operative Centre commissioned a directory of social businesses in Wales and the production of a report ‘Mapping the Social Business Sector in Wales’. The report highlighted that social businesses in Wales contributed £3.18bn to the economy and employed in the region of 55,000 people, often in the most economically deprived areas of the country.

Since we undertook that research, the world has changed drastically.

The coronavirus epidemic has impacted all of our lives in many different ways. Many social businesses have been at the forefront of the response, working within our communities to supply PPE, to deliver food and important services and to help our communities maintain the cohesion and their wellbeing. But, many social businesses have also struggled in a ‘new normal’ defined by social distancing, new regulations and repeat lockdowns. So, now, more than ever, social businesses need to make their voice heard.

Social Business Wales (which is funded by Welsh Government and the European Regional Development Fund and delivered by the Wales Co-operative Centre) is starting a major research project to assess the current state of the sector.

This new survey will be carried out by Wavehill Ltd and it will be used to inform the development of policy and future support activity by the Centre and other external organisations.

There is no doubt that these are challenging times. Please help us to form a picture of where the social business sector is at the moment, the challenges that you face and the practical support that is needed to ensure that we can help you to rebuild a strong sector for the future.

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