What is a social enterprise?

The curly hair project is a social enterprise, it is not a charity. Some of our products and services are chargeable, e.g. our blog articles, our books and personalised email/Skype support.

Here is some information about what a social enterprise is, taken from www.socialenterprise.org.uk/about/about-social-enterprise/faqs

A social enterprise is a business that trades for a social and/or environmental purpose. It will have a clear sense of its ‘social mission’:  which means it will know what difference it is trying to make, who it aims to help, and how it plans to do it.  It will bring in most or all of its income through selling goods or services.  And it will also have clear rules about what it does with its profits, reinvesting these to further the ‘social mission’.

Social enterprises come in many shapes and sizes from large national and international businesses to small community based enterprises. But they all:

  • Are businesses that aim to generate their income by selling goods and services, rather than through grants and donations
  • Are set up to specifically make a difference
  • Reinvest the profits they make in their social mission

Have you ever bought the Big Issue? Read it over a bar of Divine chocolate? Watched Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen? Visited the Eden Project? Shopped at the Co-op? Well, then you already know a bit about social enterprises: businesses that are changing the world for the better.The curly hair project is one of these, a business which sells products and services to bring about social change.

For more information please read our business model or contact the owner, Alis Rowe, for more information.