Cambridgeshire has a diverse range of social enterprises, ranging from well-established social enterprises, to start up social enterprise.  Cambridgeshire has a history of innovation and this is demonstrated in the range of markets and social issues these enterprises address.   A recent survey showed that social enterprises are working to address a range of social issues such as financial exclusion, homelessness, recycling, unemployment and disabilities.

The Future Business Centre in Cambridge provides a hive of activity and support for the social enterprise sector and there is a regional network that covers Cambridgeshire called SEEE.  SEEE works closely with the Anglia Ruskin University each year to host an annual conference for the sector.

Key objectives 

1. To ensure that anyone working in, or wanting to set up a social enterprise can access resources and support.

2. To produce a directory of social enterprise, and encourage social enterprises to work more closely together for mutual benefit

3. To build a culture of ‘buying social’ and social innovation encouraging consumers, businesses and the public sector to source products and services from social enterprises.

4. To promote social enterprise as a business model that contributes significantly to the local economy.

Social enterprise Wintercomfort for the Homeless

Stakeholder Group

  • Social Enterprise East of England
  • Allia
  • Wintercomfort for the Homeless (Food4food and Overstream SEOs)
  • Emmaus Cambridge
  • 3rd Sector Futures-Anglia Ruskin University
  • Hey! Cambridge
  • Sniffy Wiffy
  • Harry Specters
  • Cambridge City Council
  • Cambridgeshire County Council
  • Cambridge Social Ventures
  • ella Forums
  • Cambridge Student Hub

Buy Social 

Food4 Food – catering services and pop up café

Overstream Clean – Cleaning services

Harry Specters Ltd – Handmade chocolates

Burwell Community Print – printing services

Emmaus Cambridge – House clearance, good for sale and café

Sniffy Wiffy – beauty products

Allia –business support services, workspace, event space and other innovative projects

ABC Life Support Ltd – Paediatric and Workplace First Aid courses

Ferry Project – café, room hire wedding venue and furniture project.

New View Residential -lettings agency

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