Research and analysis

Social enterprises: contribution to local enterprise partnership growth objectives

Evidence report exploring the potential advantages social enterprises can offer local enterprise partnerships (LEP's).



Social enterprises are businesses that trade to help resolve social or environmental problems and improve communities. Local enterprise partnerships (LEP’s) are partnerships between local authorities and businesses. They decide what the priorities should be for investment in roads, buildings and facilities in their respective area.

This report describes how LEP’s can benefit from working with social enterprises.

The report also includes a guide for LEP’s that explain:

  • how to prioritise social enterprises and rural development
  • why it is essential that LEP’s are clear on their approach
  • the challenges and the benefits

Further information

Published 10 March 2014