1386: Social enterprise
This paper has been taken from the executive summary of the report prepared by Amy Stewart for Forestry Research: “Woodland-related Social Enterprise: Enabling factors and barriers to Success”
Year of Publication2011
Difficulties for social enterprises include concerns over grant funding and earned income streams; help from civil society agencies and specialist social enterprise support providers is under pressure; identifying supportive individuals in public bodies to help find the way through red tape was often difficult; disjointed working between government departments, local planners etc produces time consuming bureaucratic hurdles; public procurement is geared to large providers; social, environmental and community benefits are not taken into account in bidding and charitable status is often needed to avoid tax and protect assets but can make it difficult to raise finance.
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