We are a membership body that represents established social enterprises. If you're just beginning your social enterprise journey and need some advice we recommend giving Inspire 2 Enterprise a call on 0844 9800 760. They're one of our members and specialise in helping out start-ups. There are also two organisations we work with quite closely that do direct training and small grants for start-ups - The School for Social Entrepreneurs and UnLtd.
We've also published a series of guides over the years which would be a good place to start:
This guide takes you through the start-up essentials. Sponsored by NatWest.
Just getting interested in social enterprise? This guide is for anyone who might want to start, buy from, invest in, commission from, or support social enterprises. Sponsored by Unity Trust Bank. Published October 2012
Charities can diversify their income streams by looking to social enterprise. This guide offers practical tips and advice on the issues to consider before trading.