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Find out about entrepreneurship and social enterprise

Have you ever thought about starting your own business? British entrepreneurs create 1000s of new businesses every year. Some start social enterprises where the profits are used to support causes that help make peoples' lives better.

Become a young entrepreneur

62% of businesses in the UK are sole traders, which means that they are owned and run by just one person. The numbers of 'micro' businesses is growing and easy access to the internet has made running a business from home or small premises much easier, as you can reach more customers on-line.

Becoming a young entrepreneur can be tough but it can also have its own rewards.  You are your own boss; you get to make the decisions; you have the chance to make your ideas work for you not someone else.  So what does it take to become a young entrepreneur?

Where to get advice

10 Top Tips for the young entrepreneur

Where to get funding

Virgin Startup

Shell Livewire

Other Government Start up loans

Start a social enterprise

What is a social enterprise?

Social enterprises are businesses that are changing the world for the better. Like traditional businesses they aim to make a profit but it’s what they do with their profits that sets them apart – reinvesting or donating them to create positive social change.  Social enterprises are in our communities and on our high streets – from coffee shops and cinemas, to pubs and leisure centres, banks and bus companies. A few examples are - The Big Issue that aims to help homeless people earn money through selling the paper or Jamie's 15 restaurants that trained disadvantaged young people to become chefs.

By selling goods and services in the open market, social enterprises create employment and reinvest their profits back into their business or the local community. This allows them to tackle social problems, improve people’s life chances, provide training and employment opportunities for those furthest from the market, support communities and help the environment.

What is a social enterprise?

Getting help if you are interested in starting a social enterprise

Social enterprise UK has lots of information including about how to start a social enterprise and lots of other information too.

The London School of Economics offer an 8 week online course to help you understand how to set up a social enterprise

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