The fifth SEAP survey looked at the health of the sector over the month of November, when England entered its second national lockdown. It asked social enterprises about the impact of the pandemic on jobs and income as well as what the ongoing crisis means for any expectations of growth. It also asked participants about their views on business rates and how social enterprises are ‘greening’ their businesses.
- Social enterprises are supporting the unemployment crisis: a quarter of social enterprises expect to take on new staff in the next three months. For the whole sector, this could represent new jobs at around 25,000 organisations.
- The sector continues to prove resilient. Growth expectations aren’t rising but nor are closure rates and there is more certainty about future prospects.
- Social enterprises value engaging with each other: only 4% said that they don’t engage with other social enterprises at the moment.