Statutory requirements

Social enterprises

What is a social enterprise?

A social enterprise is a business with mainly social objectives. Any profit is reinvested in the business or in the community rather than shared out to shareholders or owners.

Social enterprises operate across the economy in areas as diverse as:

  • retail
  • construction
  • training
  • transport
  • catering

Further information

Advice from Gov.UK on starting a social enterprise.

Social Enterprise UK is the national body for social enterprises and provides a wide range of advice about starting and running this type of business.

UnLtd finds, funds and supports social entrepreneurs - enterprising people with solutions that change our society for the better.