December 28, 2009

The social economy in the UK – for the Czech Republic…

Filed under: projects, social economy 101 — benmetz @ 7:15 pm

As Christmas fades from view and calorie intake returns to a more manageable level my thoughts turn to a short piece of work I’ve recently agreed to undertake – a study mapping the infrastructure of the social economy in the UK.  The work has been commissioned by Nova Ekonomika to assist their European funded work stimulating socially entrepreneurial activity in the Czech Republic.  So, over the next few weeks I will be researching and compiling a short report to provide them with:

  • An overview of the historical development of the UK government’s approach to the social economy,
  • A map of the main spheres of action in the social enterprise and entrepreneurship support sector in the UK, and
  • An analysis of successes and failures across government interventions to support the social economy.

I’m excited by the potential of being able to help shape such activity in the Czech Republic.  And I’m comforted by the fact that the subject matter is well known to me – from what I’ve done so far it feels more like meeting old friends than the archeological dig that such a piece of work might be.

Plus – we’ve agreed the entire work will be published on a Creative Commons license – and so will be free for all to use.

I’d welcome contributions and offers to review any of this work as it develops.  If this is of interest to you then please do get in touch.



  1. first define infrastructure!….

    i’ll be happy to review and contribute… be nice to save the Czechs some money

    Comment by mt — January 4, 2010 @ 3:51 pm

    • thanks matt, i’ll drop you a line later to arrange.



      Comment by benmetz — January 5, 2010 @ 8:40 am

  2. I’d be happy to review and contribute as we are a recently formed CIC in the cleantech space and can use all the support we can get! We’re seeking to understand what UK funding support exists for UK Social Enterprise and getting a bit frustrated of continually being routed to Unltd and CAN.

    Also, should your Czeck connection require or have links to any who require low carbon and cleantech support support, it’s our sole focus and we be happy to engage.

    Perhaps you and I could/should connect on Linked~In.


    Robert Hokin
    Chief Executive
    ecoConnect CIC

    Comment by Robert Hokin — January 10, 2010 @ 5:19 pm

    • hi robert,

      appreciate the offer but the report wont be mapping funding opportunities in the way i think you are after. its more a map of policy developments in the uk wrt social enterprise. and there isnt a particular clean tech focus.

      have you had a look at the trustfunding and company giving websites run by the directory for social change? most VCS orgs in LA’s have subscriptions. or you can access them for free at the dsc offices.

      the report will be available in a week or two on this blog – any feedback you have when i get it to a readable format would be appreciated

      all the best for now


      Comment by benmetz — January 10, 2010 @ 7:18 pm

  3. Hi Ben

    Nice to see you busy. Happy to review your mapping stuff if you like – like to lift my head from what I am up to from time to time. Will re-convene dining club soon if you are up for it…



    Comment by lorraine Hart — February 23, 2010 @ 2:06 pm

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