Resources and Useful Links
There is a wealth of information and resources online to support organisations to develop and grow. Sometimes this can be confusing and it can be hard to know which resource is the best one to use. This page lists some of the main resources and sources of information that are a good place to start.
Key Organisations Supporting the Social Enterprise and Co-operative Sectors
The trade association for co-operatives in the UK: https://www.coop.co.uk/
One of the largest independent retailers in the UK: https://www.centralengland.coop/
The national body for social enterprises: https://www.socialenterprise.org.uk/
Social Enterprise Development
The NVCO Knowhow Non Profit website offers a good, rich source of tools, resources, How-To guides and templates to support the development and growth of voluntary organisations, charities and social enterprises.
We like and use the Key Fund’s online enterprise toolbox as it has lots of business support tools and resources as well as their latest news on social enterprise and social investment:
Big Society Capital has produced a resources map that has links to lots of useful resources on all aspects of developing a business. This is also one of our favourite resources:
Social Investment Support and Resources
A good place to learn about social investment is the Good Finance website resource that will help you to navigate the world of social investment. Here you can find out what social investment is, types of social investment and who the social investors are. It has a good, quick diagnostic tool that will help you to identify if social investment is for you and some great resources on measuring social impact. It also has excellent case studies:
We have selected a few good social investment guides that provide an overview of what social investment is, what it can be used for and the types of social investment:
An NCVO Guide and Toolkit on Social Investment https://www.scrt.scot/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Social-investment-toolkit-NCVO.pdf
Big Potential Social Investment (a comprehensive, simple overview) https://www.bigpotential.org.uk/sites/default/files/slideshare/Social%20Investment%20Explained_Guide_SEUK-BIG.pdf
Social Investment https://www.socialenterprise.org.uk/social-investment-explained
Social Impact Measurement
Good Finance has some good, useful guides and resources to help you measure and report on your social impact:
Inspiring Impact has lots of good, useful resources and tools on measuring impact and has recently been awarded Lottery funding to support the sector:
Social Value UK are experts on social value and provide training and support in social return on investment. They have a database of SROI evaluations and manage a really useful platform called Global Value Exchange which has thousands of outcomes, indicators and valuations:
Co-operatives UK, the national trade association for co-operatives, has released an online toolkit of information for those thinking of starting up a co-operative. This toolkit contains a quiz to help you find out if the co-operative model is the best for you, case studies, things to think about before starting up and a library of resources.
Click here to access the toolkit.
Funding and Finance
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