State of the Sector Survey

The Future of Business

The 2017 State of Social Enterprise Report, supported by Santander, is the largest, most representative survey of social enterprises in the UK. 

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Social Enterprise UK's State of SE Survey 2015.


The State of Social Enterprise Survey is the largest source of knowledge about social enterprises in the UK. It has been run every two years since 2009 and is used by government, academics, sector bodies, and social enterprises themselves to better understand the sector: its size, its characteristics and its barriers to growth


Headline data reveals that:


  • Over half of social enterprises have seen an increase in their turnover.
  • 59% of organisations have developed new products and services in 2014
  • More than 50% of businesses in the sector are less than five years old
  • 14% of social enterprises export.


The full report is available here


Social Investment in Essex: A Research Report

The research explored the potential within social enterprises, charities and voluntary sector organisations in Essex to seek investment from social investment providers.  SEEE surveyed 122 organisations based or operating in Essex (including Southend-on-Sea and Thurrock) in early 2017


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 NEW Anglia LEP's A study into the State of VCSE sector in Norfolk and Suffolk.  Full report published in 2015 found here