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A new report into the impact of the UK’s small scale social enterprises has revealed they are paving the way when it comes to inclusive leadership, with 49% led by women and 21% employing a BAME leader. This contrasts with leadership by 35% (women) and 5% BAME at large enterprises.

Small social enterprises contribute significant social value, with over a quarter working in the top 20% of the UK’s most deprived areas, and more than half operating in the top 40% most deprived areas. 69% seek to support individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. The report concludes that, “Social investors focused on employment and support for the most vulnerable should seek to support small and medium-sized social enterprises whose work will often be doing so at a community level.”

The report, a collaboration between Social Enterprise UK and Lloyds Bank Foundation, also highlighted that there was a trend towards community businesses being set-up, in place of charities. The report also suggests that support organisations need to accelerate their understanding and acceptance of these different models in order to achieve greatest impact.

View the full report here.



UK's social enterprises lead diverse employment
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