There has been an upsurge in the level of interest in the transferring of public services into social enterprises and mutuals. The concept is not new – a number of very successful social enterprises have stepped out of public services in the past. But the journey to becoming a social enterprise brings challenges. It calls for a clear vision, dedication and often a new set of skills and way of thinking. This practical guide will take you through the stages involved and help you decide if social enterprise is the right model for you.