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Social Enterprise Toolbox

We'll lend you our tools to aid your food based social business.

 

 

We're delighted to showcase Trading for Success, a practical guide to marketing and financial management for community run food enterprises. It's a reall useful marketing and financial management guide for all SME social enterprises and co-operatives, produced by experts. Let us know what you think!

 

The Social Enterprise Toolbox

Please borrow our tools and those of our partners on Making Local Food Work for free, by using the links below. For further resources see our Resources and Links page.


1. Business Planning Unwrapped. 

Business planning de-mystified and revealed for the useful tool that it is.

2. Balancing the books for food coops.

Budgeting, expenditure, gross profit and cashflow. Considering the opportunities for growth. 

3. How to set up a food coop.

A link to our Food Co-ops and Buying groups' toolkit at Foodcoops.org - hosted by SUSTAIN. A great business planning resource with just what you need to know and no more!

4. Financial management for community shops: training manual

An introduction for shop managers and staff whose first language is not accountancy!

5. Community Investment in CSA

Don't know your shares from your elbow? An interesting guide to community finance raising for Community Supported Agriculture by Jim Brown of Baker Brown Associates. Also includes a useful glossary of terms.

6. The Simply Series

Produced by Co-operatives UK, including Simply Start Up, Simply Legal, Simply Finance and Simply Governance

7. Trading for Success

A practical guide to marketing and financial management for community run food enterprises. A useful marketing and financial management guide for all SME social enterprises and co-operatives.



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