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Social Enterprise in West Sussex

The term 'social enterprise' is used to describe a business model where profit is reinvested principally to fulfill social objectives or to grow the business, rather than maximise profit for shareholders and owners.

Examples of social enterprises include some cooperatives and staff mutuals, social firms, community interest companies, some companies limited by guarantee or shares and community enterprises.

West Sussex County Council (WSCC) is leading a network of organisations which provide countywide infrastructure support for social enterprises. We focus our efforts both on start ups and on existing social enterprises that wish to grow, as well as promoting and raising the profile of social enterprise and providing access to support, advice and information.

If you'd like to learn more about social enterprise or the opportunities for support and information available, please visit the West Sussex Social Enterprise Network (WSSEN) website.

Social Enterprise Fund

The Social Enterprise Fund was established in 2011/12 as one of a number of initiatives to support the social enterprise sector in West Sussex and to promote social enterprise throughout the county. For details on the projects funded for the year 2012-13 please see the supporting document below.

The West Sussex County Council Social Enterprise Fund for 2013-2014 closed on the 21 August 2013. The decision for this fund was announced in November 2013. Those awarded funding are:

  • 4SIGHT (West Sussex Association for the Blind)
  • Adur Furniture Network Limited
  • Birdham Nursery School
  • Breathing Spaces
  • Broadfield Nursery CIC
  • Community Oil Recycling Project (CORP)
  • Dizzy (Retail) CIC
  • Heene Community Association
  • Jigsaw (South East) Limited
  • Sail Boat Project CIC
  • Stonepillow
  • Sussex Central YMCA
  • Sussex Children and Families of Prisoners
  • Tuppenny Barn Education Limited

For queries on Social Enterprise or the Social Enterprise Fund please email social.enterprise@westsussex.gov.uk.

Supporting document

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