Boosting Social Enterprise Development

Good Practice Compendium

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Social enterprises are long-standing agents of inclusive growth and democratisation of the economic and social spheres, and they have proved resilient to economic adversity all the while addressing socio-economic challenges in innovative ways, re-integrating people back to the labour market, and contributing to overall social cohesion. This compendium derives policy lessons for boosting social enterprises from the analysis of 20 initiatives in several EU member-countries, covering a range of policy areas from legal frameworks, finance, market access, and support structures, to education and skills.

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Main trends in social enterprise development

This part underlines the importance of creating an enabling ecosystem that can effectively support social enterprises, and briefly presents the policy areas in which policy makers can act to this end. It discusses eight key lessons emerging from the policies, programmes, and initiatives analysed, and examines the challenges faced along with the policy approaches used to address them successfully. Finally, it includes an overview grid presenting the main features of each case, such as, the funding sources, the policy area and approach, and the key success factors and challenges. Finally, it features a one-page summary of each case.


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