Our vision for social enterprise in the South East is to see:
- A growing sector - increases year on year in the numbers, turnover and measurable positive social impact of social enterprise.
- Social enterprise activity that addresses the needs and issues of the South East region, both at strategic and local level.
- An increased understanding of the added value that the social enterprise approach can bring and a how it can fit in with and enhance other activity in the business, wider third sector and public sector.
- A sector that demonstrably leverages new resources (people and money) to the social change sector.
Our mission is to provide a flexible, dynamic and sustainable infrastructure which will most effectively enable the growth of social enterprise impact in the South East.
As a strategic leader for the Social Enterprise sector in the South East, se² will be Sustainable, Enterprising, Innovative and Mutually Supportive
Aims of the Partnership
- To build awareness of the social enterprise approach, improving information, and communicating the added value and impact.
- To increase the quality, availability and effectiveness of support.
- To build capacity for social enterprises to deliver against market opportunities and the needs of the Region's communities.
- To multiply social enterprise impact through research, the sharing of good practice & replication of business models
- To deliver the mission in a way that maximises existing resources, is financially sustainable, minimises added organisational ‘architecture', is inclusive and makes the most effective use of the skills and experience available of all of the people and organisations who are involved in supporting social enterprise in the region.
- To ensure synergy and shared messages with other social enterprise organisations around the UK
The Company aims to contribute to social change through effective design, delivery and management of it's partner programmes - resulting in, for example:
- More people purchasing services from trading social enterprise and therefore supporting their community benefit at no extra cost to the public purse.
- More people working, volunteering and participating in social enterprise activity and therefore benefiting from the empowerment effect of involvement in a real world business
- More communities taking control of their built environment or energy production through social enterprise vehicles and therefore contributing to sustainable development.
We recognise that community benefit is not exclusive to social enterprise and that claims about social impact will increasingly be open to scrutiny. Therefore it will be a key activity to develop ways of measuring and demonstrating social impact.