Social and community enterprise
The OpenFields library holds resources about social and community enterprise and its growing part in the land-based business sector.
Social enterprise often enables businesses to add value to their activities through, for example, marketing co-operatives and farmers markets. They may also promote enterprise creation and diversification by running managed workspaces, providing training or creating new sources of finance through community development finance institutions.
Some rural social enterprises respond to decreases in local service provision and causes of rural social exclusion, for example community transport schemes, community-owned village shops, home care for the elderly, childcare or housing.
There are also examples of social enterprises that help to increase IT knowledge and use, arts access or education and training provision. Yet others create jobs for socially excluded people, whether the long-term unemployed or people with disabilities and mental health problems.
They are, therefore, a key part of long-term solutions to inclusive economic development in rural areas.
OpenFields brings together authoritative social and community enterprise information from universities, colleges and the industry.
A sample of Items held in the Social and community enterprise category
- Economic benefits of greenspace: a critical assessment of evidence of net economic benefits
- Keeping records for business – what you need to know
- 1846: Dairy discussion groups
- Origins of social repression in small institutionalized groups: the case of the intellectual forum.
- Farming & Rural Vitality: Connections in the Enlarging EU
- Woodland Social Enterprise in Wales: Data Baseline
- Care Farming UK Case Study: Ballicherry Farm, Ross-shire, Scotland
- 2121: Village companies - A think piece
- The foot and mouth disease outbreak 2001 – a national archive
- Love, Labour & Loss: 300 Years of British Livestock Farming in Art
There are currently no subcategories in the Social and community enterprise section.
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The OpenFields Library is a free online library contains items of interest to practitioners and researchers in the agricultural and landbased industries.