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Social enterprises are organisations which aim to deliver goods and services, however, unlike normal businesses, they have a social purpose as their main aim.
The profits made from selling these goods are reinvested to support charitable causes.
Well-known social enterprises include The Big Issue, Jamie Oliver’s restaurant, Fifteen, and the fairtrade chocolate company Divine Chocolate.
There are 62,000 social enterprises in the UK, contributing over £24 billion to the economy and providing over 800,000 jobs.
They are present within most industries in the UK, including health and social care, education, sport, service etc.