Why the BBSEN?

Social Enterprise in our region is growing. It's making a real difference to environment, economy, and community - despite the challenging economic climate.

Initial mapping of the sector in our region has already identified 10,000 people are employed in 600 enterprises generating a turnover of nearly £400 million.

Together we can build on the considerable work so far and put our City-Region on the map for Social Enterprise. Whether you're in Abbots Leigh, Lawrence Hill or Yate - this network is for you! 

If you're running an existing social enterprise, a budding social entrepreneur, supporting social enterprises or just interested in taking business beyond profit - we want to support your work.

Some of what we'll offer:

  • Good information - news, existing services, events, and policy
  • Training & development - to support a growing sector
  • Connecting - network with peers, potential partners and other sectors
  • New opportunities - new contracts & business, marketing & promotion
  • A forum - to problem solve, discuss and collaborate

Membership is currently free - join the network and connect with social entrepreneurs across the four local authority areas in the West of England today. 

Be part of the conversation :

  • on how we can support your social venture.
  •  how we can work together to develop the Social Enterprise Sector.

BBSEN is supported by the West of England LEP, working closely with the social enterprise subgroup which is chaired by Stephen Parsons, Trustee of Quartet Community Foundation.

This network has been developed by:

Elaine Flint - formerly of Social Enterprise Works
Daniel Oliver - Social Entrepreneur & Social Enterprise Advisor
Dirk Rohwedder - School for Social Entrepreneurs, 
Karl Belizaire - formerly of UnLtd, Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs. 

With the help and encouragement from the broad third sector of civil society.