What is Social Enterprise?

Social Enterprises are businesses with a Social Impact.  They work to deliver goods and services to make a profit but are also driven by their social purposes.

How We Can Help

Supporting Communities has been assisting grass roots community organisations to develop social enterprises for over 20 years. Our Social Enterprise Officer provides a dedicated and qualified service including training, support, advice and signposting.

Qualifications and Training

All our qualifications and training courses are designed and written 'in house' to cater for all levels of knowledge and ability.

Groups interested in learning about establishing a business to support their charity can take a range of courses in Social Enterprise from an awareness level to an OCN Level 3.

Read more about our Social Enterprise training courses.

Accessing University Level Education

Don't have the qualifications to access University?

Supporting Communities can help you access the Advanced Diploma in Social Enterprise at Ulster University.  Several of our training graduates have gone on to complete this course which offers a route to shortened degree programmes.

Support, Advice and Guidance

Within Supporting Communities we can offer full business support and guidance from initial consultation right through to diversifying and expanding your business. If you have a business idea for a social enterprise, we will work with you to develop this and see your business reach its potential.


Supporting Communities works closely with other Social Enterprise support organisations and educational institutions.  For many of your queries, we will be able to signpost you to the organisation which will best be able to support your needs.


Interested? Get in touch with Stephen Marks, Business Development Advisor at stephen@supportingcommunities.org