SOCIAL ON BUSINESS
Business opportunities for the socially excluded
Even in the most thriving Europeans regions social exclusion is a persistent problem. Too many people live and earn well below their potential, suffering economically and through a lack of self-esteem. The Social on Business project was created to help generate business and entrepreneurial opportunities for the socially excluded, bringing them into the mainstream of society, improving their sense of well-being and contributing to the welfare of society at large.
Social on Business is a unit of the Inclusive Growth pillar of the GROW programme, working on the development of social enterprises and creating a model of entrepreneurship for the socially excluded. Social enterprise complements broad EU goals by reducing people’s reliance on state benefit payments, contributing to the development of local communities and helping individuals and families improve their social and economic status.
The project is led by
The development of a training and awareness programme for advisers and stakeholders is a key feature of the project, with the team encouraging and guiding people at risk of social exclusion to take up entrepreneurial activity. In Andalucía, Social on Business has become a focal point for the regional Department of Social Economy and Entrepreneurship as it represents a way to learn from foreign expertise and experience.
Four seminars have been held in the
“We have seen five business start-ups, four inside deprived areas, and a host of business plans,” said Rafael González of Fundación Red Andalucía Emprende. “The cooperation we have established with local authorities and organisations has been very fruitful.”
Project partners are convinced that the research and activities of the project, and the contacts made with local authorities and NGOs, will positively influence future public and private sector policy-making in the area of social enterprise and social welfare in general.
“Social enterprise complements broad EU goals…contributing to the development of local communities and helping individuals and families improve their social and economic status.”
Rafael González Martos
Fundación Red Andalucía Emprende
Consejería de Innovación, Ciencia y Empresa
Junta de Andalucía
C/ Párroco Antonio Gómez Villalobos, 85
41006 Sevilla, Spain
Tel: +34 954787271