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Social Enterprise Toolbox

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

Our ever expanding toolbox has topical fact sheets, explanations of various social enterprise types; hints for doing better business, current trends in food buying and consuming, and signposts to useful organisations. 

We're delighted to announce our latest tool, 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.


1. Social and Community Enterprise 

An explanation of the terms and what distinguishes these businesses from the mainstream.

2. Business Planning Unwrapped. 

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

3. Top Tips for Selling Local

4. Top Tips for Selling to the Public Sector

5. Balancing the books for food coops.

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

6. 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!.

7. Financial management for community shops: training manual

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

8. 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.

9. The Simply Series

Produced by Co-operatives UK, including Simply Start Up, Simply Legal, Simply Finance and Simply Governance. Governance training and support is available at Making Local Food Work -  Governance and Legal Structures

 10. Six ways to engage with Journalists and MPs

 Essential tips on how best to engage with politicians and journalists to raise the profile of your enterprise.

11. Marketing for community food enterprises

Essential reading for formulating a marketing plan. Power point presentation.

12. 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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