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Social and community enterprises

There are many alternative ways that people and communities can organise themselves to help tackle social problems and bring community benefit. Some examples include:

Social enterprises

These are businesses that trade to tackle social problems, improve communities, people’s life chances, or the environment.  They make their money from selling goods and services in the open market, but they reinvest their profits back into the business or the local community (Social Enterprise UK).

GOV UK provides advice and support about setting up social enterprises.


Community Enterprises

are a sub-set of social enterprise, with projects formed by a community for the benefit of its community. Devon is rich with an inspiring range of dynamic enterprises, owned and controlled by people for the benefit of their community (Devon Communities Together).

Locality provides advice and support about setting up community enterprises.

Join the Devon Social and Community Enterprise Network here


Development Trusts

are a particular type of partnership organisation – one that offers benefits to the local community and has advantages for many public bodies, non-profit agencies and funders.

While there is no one model for Development Trusts, they do have common characteristics of being concerned with the regeneration of an area, not for private gain, aiming for long-term sustainability, and are community-based and accountable.

Visit Partnerships Online for more information.


Case Studies: All existing on dcc communities pages


  • Moretonhamstead Development Trust
  • Bringing Power to Peter Tavy
  • Exeter Community Energy