the Business Forum and
the Economic Partnership
in Brighton & Hove
Homepage    BCRP Intranet    Funding    Events    Knowledgebase    Links    About us     Contact us
Key projects



Workforce development 


Business &

Property &
Development sites




Consultation opportunities

Brighton & Hove Business Forum
8-11 Pavilion Buildings, Brighton, BN1 1EE
Tel: 01273 735442
Email: info@brighton

© Brighton & Hove
Business Forum

News - 24 March 2007

City-wide strategy for social enterprise

Social Enterprise is fast becoming a significant business sector in Brighton & Hove. And the City Council has recognised the need for an overall strategy to coordinate the development of this important business and community sector.

Brighton was after all the home of the nation’s first social enterprise. The Cooperative Retail Society opened its first shop at 31 West Street in 1828.

A social enterprise is an organization or venture that advances its social mission through entrepreneurial, earned income strategies. Businesses seeking to empower their communities and promote sustainable development are springing up all over the city and it is time to support them.

On Thursday, 29 March, the Brighton & Hove City Council’s Policy & Resources Committee will be asked to agree further support for the city's long history of social enterprise through the implementation of a city-wide strategy.

The city currently benefits from the input of 110 social enterprise organisations operating in the education, environment and community development areas among others. Collectively the city's social enterprises turn over an estimated £21 million a year, employ 1,262 people and provide opportunities for over 3,000 volunteers. A high proportion of the people they employ come from the city's disadvantaged groups.

Notable social enterprises in Brighton include Magpie Recycling, The Wood Recycling Project and Care Co-ops, which have all been trading for 10 or more years.

Councillor Sue John, deputy chair of the Policy & Resources committee, said: “We want to maintain an atmosphere where social enterprise can flourish in Brighton & Hove. The city is already viewed as a market leader in developing social enterprise as part of economic growth and at our budget meeting we approved £50,000 from the Local Authority Business Growth Incentive (LABGI)”

The support package will include the provision of an on-line directory, networking opportunities, advice sessions, mentoring, and the bringing together of private sector companies with social enterprises for mutual benefit.

Read related items on:
Social Enterprises
Brighton & Hove City Council
John, Sue

Browse our business Knowledgebase or search by keyword


20 March 2018
Brighton named most entrepreneurial city AND second best for student happiness according to Fresh Student Living
19 March 2018
A Meeting with Chris Fox, Lib Dem Peer - Why Business Matters 14 March 2018
Better Business for All Event with BEIS 7 March 2018
Brighton celebrates women in tech as Spring Forward festival returns for a fourth year 6 March 2018
Six months of success for BTN BikeShare 2 March 2018
Sustainability in Action masterclasses for Sussex businesses 2 March 2018
Doing Business in China comes to Brighton 1 March 2018
Brighton & Hove Chamber of Commerce presents: Protecting your brand- a guide for fast growth businesses 1 March 2018
Long haul passengers boost local economy and jobs, according to new Gatwick report on the 'Visitor Economy' 28 February 2018
Save time reporting crime 27 February 2018
Warren Morgan Resigns from Brighton & Hove City Council 23 February 2018
Brighton Technology Company, Paxton Ranks in Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For 23 February 2018
Greater Brighton's Commercial Property Database 22 February 2018
SE-ASSIST - Launch of Loan Capital in Greater Brighton 19 February 2018
House Price update Q4 2017 19 February 2018
What would you do in a crisis? 19 February 2018
The investment journey for high growth entrepreneurs 9 February 2018
Make Change Count 2018 - helping rough sleepers in Brighton & Hove 8 February 2018
Brighton Technology Company Paxton Announces Recipients of New Scholarship Programmein Association with the University of Brighton 8 February 2018
Cyber London Accelerator Invites Summer 2018 Entries 8 February 2018
Innovate UK Launches Strand 2 Emerging and Enabling Technologies Sector Competition 8 February 2018
Success In Sussex As Food And Drink Heroes Crowned Winners 8 February 2018
UK Games Fund - Fourth Round Open to Applications 8 February 2018
Innovate UK & Prince's Trust Launch Young Innovators' Programme 6 February 2018
Brighton & Hove Food Partnership launches 'Kit Out The Kitchen' crowdfunding campaign 2 February 2018
Brighton & Hove Council and Crest Nicholson win £15m government funding to kickstart King Alfred project 1 February 2018
Could a Utilise Plus Programme grant help you? 1 February 2018
Shoreham Port Facilitates Huge Operation 18 January 2018
IUK Announces Collaborative R&D Funding for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles Simulation 18 January 2018
Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Launches $1 Billion Corporate Venture Capital Fund for Next Generation Mobility 17 January 2018
PORTlife #17 Newsletter Out Now 17 January 2018
Over £19,000 raised for Burning the Clocks 2017 11 January 2018
Brighton Main Line Improvement Project: Planned closures in October 2018 and February 2019 11 January 2018
Come on in! Fairtrade Fortnight 2018 8 January 2018
Sussex Business SkillSnap targets hospitality industry skill shortage 3 January 2018
House Price update 2017 Q3 20 December 2017
£14.35 Million European Regional Development Fund Launched 19 December 2017
Leading the way - Sustainability in Action masterclass 15 December 2017
Brighton is among the best places to start a business due to their strong growth factors 15 December 2017
GTR consultation ends 20th Dec 2017