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We have pioneered ways for people to manage and govern social enterprise by setting up models of social licensing, social auditing and new development strategies We have worked in over 40 countries often being the first to introduce the idea of social enterprise.

We set up the first courses for managers in social enterprises first in Leeds in 1999 (Accredited) and then in 2002 accredited at level 4 with the University of Hull. We initiated the first UK social enterprise courses for teachers in 1999 based on our co-publication with the Community Action Network (CAN) called ‘Learning by Doing’. and then delivered the ground breaking summer schools with Sheffield Hallam University (2009 – 2014) where participants helped us develop our ideas around FairShares social enterprises.

e have developed and supported innovations around the world, pioneering new decision-making and development processes (e.g. Barrowcliff Model, Shared Growth, Social Enterprise Planning, OPERA) and are now active in applied research projects (funded by Erasmus+ and Horizon 20/20). We have not let up. If anything we are doing more, changing more, harnessing the skills and energy of more and more people and bringing social enterprise to new countries.


If you want to find out about our current training courses, international projects or want to use our skills to improve or develop your ideas, please contact us using the button below

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