Social Enterprise

Social Enterprises are businesses which, while seeking to make a profit and succeed commercially,  use their profit to create a positive impact. 

How they operate, who they employ and how they use their profit is based around a social or environmental purpose.

They will have a clear mission which will be set out in their governing document and will re-invest or donate a significant percentage of profits to achieving their aims. A large proportion of their income will come from trading, as opposed to funding.

Social Enterprises can take a variety of legal forms: community interest company; sole trader; cooperative; company limited by guarantee; SCIO; etc . Social Enterprise UK provides a guide to starting up.

Support for Social Enterprises can also be found at:



Aberdeenshire Voluntary Action can provide local support to social enterprises and run an Aberdeenshire Social Enterprise Network