Other useful links
Association of British Credit Unions Ltd (ABCUL): http://www.abcul.org/: This site provides information on what credit unions are and how they work. The site has a loan calculator to help you figure out how much to borrow and how long it would take to pay back. It also contains a search engine to help you find your local credit union.
Baker Brown Associates: http://www.bakerbrown.co.uk/: Baker Brown is a research and development practice specialising in the social economy and adult learning. They work with charities, government agencies, voluntary organisations and social enterprises in areas such as training, research and development. They offer training sessions for professionals new to social enterprise.
Community Action Network: http://www.can-online.org.uk/: CAN provides a number of services and resources to social enterprises and people interested in starting their own social enterprise. On their website you can find details of how CAN supports social enterprises, subscribe to their newsletter, and learn about how to become a member.
Community Business Scotland: http://www.cbs-network.org.uk/: CBS is a membership body for people interested or involved in community enterprise. This website contains useful information about social enterprise and the social accounting and social audit processes. It also gives details of CBS events, seminars, newsletters, and member activities.
Co-operative Assistance Network: http://www.co-op-assist.co.uk/: This website holds valuable information for people involved in cooperatives and social enterprise. It contains info to help answer your questions about what co-ops and social enterprises are and how you can set one up. It also contains training opportunities and a resources section.
Development Trust Association: http://www.dta.org.uk/: DTAs support the development of social enterprise and help to address community problems. Their website contains information on regional DTA's, publications, events, news, and how to become a member of the DTA.
DTI Social Enterprise Unit: www.dti.gov.uk/socialenterprise: This website contains a variety of useful information for social enterprises including accessing finance, publications, FAQs and details of the Government's social enterprise strategy.
Ethical Junction: http://www.ethical-junction.org/: An on-line directory with links to thousands of businesses providing ethical services and products throughout the UK.
H.M Treasury - Enterprise & Social Exclusion PAT3: www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/documents/.. : This is a link to a government report on Enterprise and social exclusion - that discusses how enterprise within communities can contribute to regeneration.
International Association of Investors in the Social Economy (INAISE): http://www.inaise.org/: INAISE is an international membership organisation of socially and environmentally oriented financial institutions. Through their investment policy INAISE members foster and promote the development of organisations and enterprises in many areas, including the social economy, sustainable development, and social development.
Job Ownership Ltd (JOL): http://www.jobownership.co.uk/: JOL is the voice of employee owned business in the UK. They provide help and information on employee ownership issues, as well as services to their members.
Manchester Social Enterprise Forum: http://www.msef.org.uk/: MSEF is an independent forum of agencies that support social enterprise in Manchester. They aim to create an environment in which social enterprises can flourish. They also aim to concentrate their resources in communities most in need.
NCVO Sustainable Funding Project: http://www.ncvo-sfp.org.uk/: Visit this site for funding questions. The Sustainable Funding Project encourages community and voluntary organisations to build financial sustainability through exploring a range of options such as grant diversification, strategic planning and trading.
New Economics Foundation: http://www.neweconomics.org/: NEF is a 'think and do tank' on economics with concern for people and planet. It works on social, environmental and economic issues through in-depth research, policy discussion, campaigning and awareness raising.
Newsector Magazine: http://www.newsector.co.uk/: Newsector Magazine reports on news, events, and developments in the social economy. You can read some of the magazine's articles on-line at their website.
New Start Magazine: http://www.newstartmag.co.uk/: New Start is a weekly magazine for anyone involved or interested in community regeneration - whether it be social, physical or economic. It provides news, comment and analysis and also stimulates debate and policy discussion.
Regeneration Magazine: http://www.regenerationmagazine.com/: This is a site where you can read about current issues in regeneration with a 'jargon buster' section to help you get to grips with the terminology.
School for Social Entrepreneurs: http://www.sse.org.uk/: SSE is offering two new courses this year - one for beginners with a good idea to improve their community; the other to help experienced entrepreneurs tackle growth. Course details, plus other news can be found on their website.
Shop Social Enterprise: http://www.shopsocialenterprise.com/: Shop Social Enterprise is a directory of social enterprises for consumers interested in supporting businesses with social and environmental aims.
Social Enterprise Action [SEA]: http://www.sea-online.net/: An informative website containing a wide range of information on social enterprise, including events, social enterprises to shop from, and search engines for support and social enterprise projects.
Social Enterprise Coalition: http://www.socialenterprise.org.uk/: SEL is the UK's body for social enterprise. They work with the voluntary and community sector, the public sector, and private sector to create an environment where social enterprise can flourish. SEL is a membership organisation - for details on becoming a member and for member activities see the website.
Social Enterprise London (SEL): http://www.sel.org.uk/: SEL list many useful publications on their website. The site also includes training opportunities, events, and current information for those working in the social enterprise world.
Social Enterprise Magazine: http://www.socialenterprisemag.co.uk/: Social Enterprise Magazine provides accessible, comprehensive news and practical help for everyone involved with social enterprises.
Social Enterprise Partnership: http://www.sepgb.co.uk/: SEP works to support social enterprise throughout England, Scotland and Wales. It aims to help social enterprises flourish by raising awareness of their contribution to the economy and social inclusion and by providing training opportunities to those involved in social enterprise. Follow the link to find out what's going on in your region.
South East Social Enterprise Partnership (SESEP): http://www.sesep.org.uk/: SESEP together with UnLtd (an organisation that makes awards to social entrepreneurs) works to provide specialist business support, information, advice and guidance to those involved in the development of social enterprise in the South East region. See the SESEP website for news and activities.
The Cat's Pyjamas: http://www.the-cats-pyjamas.com/: This website was designed to provoke and inspire through debate about the potential and limits of the social enterprise business model. It also contains information on upcoming events for social enterprises and resources.
Upstarts Awards for Social Enterprise: http://www.upstarts.org.uk/: The Upstarts Awards is a scheme to support social enterprises and entrepreneurship in the UK. The awards recognise and encourage individuals and enterprises that promote social goals and employ good business practice. The site also contains a helpful resources section.