Share

A third of the public has never heard of social enterprise

A third of the public has never heard of social enterprise
News

A third of the public has never heard of social enterprise

Finance | Vibeka Mair | 31 Jan 2012

New research for Charity Finance has found that almost one-third of the public have never heard of the term social enterprise.

YouGov, on behalf of Charity Finance, quizzed more than 2,000 people and found 30 per cent had never heard of a 'social enterprise'.

A similar amount (33 per cent) thought it meant a business that is more interested in social or environmental goals, than in making money for owners or shareholders.

Having had a general description of social enterprise explained to them, more than one in four (44 per cent) of respondents said they would be more likely to use or buy products or services from a business calling itself a social enterprise.

However, 29 per cent of respondents said they would not trust a social enterprise to run any public services. 

Dr Michael Wagstaff, head of public sector consulting at YouGov, said this shows that the latent demand for products provided by social enterprises does not automatically translate into delivery of public services.

Comments

[Cancel] | Reply to:

Close »

Community Standards

The civilsociety.co.uk community and comments board is intended as a platform for informed and civilised debate.

We hope to encourage a broad range of views, however, there are standards that we expect commentators to uphold. We reserve the right to delete or amend any comments that do not adhere to these standards.

We welcome:

  • Robust but respectful debate
  • Strongly held opinions
  • Intelligent relevant discussion
  • The sharing of relevant experiences
  • New participants

We will not publish:

  • Rude, threatening, offensive, obscene or abusive language, or links to such material
  • Links to commercial organisations or spam postings. The comments board is not an advertising platform
  • The posting of contact details for yourself or others
  • Comments intended for malicious purpose or mindless abuse
  • Comments purporting to be from another person or organisation under false pretences
  • Gratuitous criticism, commentary or self-promotion
  • Any material which breaches copyright or privacy laws, or could be considered libellous
  • The use of the comments board for the pursuit or extension of personal disputes

Be aware:

  • Views expressed on the comments board are left at users’ discretion and are in no way views held or supported by Civil Society Media
  • Comments left by others may not be accurate, do not rely on them as fact
  • You may be misunderstood - sarcasm and humour can easily be taken out of context, try to be clear

Please:

  • Enjoy the opportunity to express your opinion and respect the right of others to express theirs
  • Confine your remarks to issues rather than personalities

Together we can keep our community a polite, respectful and intelligent platform for discussion.

Free eNews

BP donations to Tate 'embarrassingly small' say campaigners

27 Jan 2015

An arts charity has criticised the Tate for accepting an “embarrassingly small” amount of money from...

Band Aid 30 donates first £1.8m to aid charities

27 Jan 2015

Band Aid 30, the music industry fundraising initiative, has donated the first £1.8m raised from an updated...

Big Lottery Fund awards £150m to local neighbourhood foundation

23 Jan 2015

The Big Lottery Fund has awarded £150m to a new community grantmaking foundation to help individuals...

Northern Ireland charity regulator opens consultation on draft equality guidance

28 Jan 2015

The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland is appealing for the public to take part in a consultation...

Staff continue to work without pay for six weeks as homelessness charity enters administration

27 Jan 2015

Swansea charity Cyrenians Cymru formally entered administration yesterday as it is revealed that staff...

New four-year NCS programme planned for Northern Ireland

26 Jan 2015

The Northern Ireland government is currently finalising plans to unveil a renewed, four year programme...

NGO domain pages will launch in May

28 Jan 2015

The Public Interest Registry will make the .ngo generic top-level domain name generally available from...

Comparison website for special needs services launched by charity consortium

23 Jan 2015

A coalition of social care charities has launched a TripAdvisor-style website, designed to help families...

CRUK debuts contactless giving through shop windows

21 Jan 2015

Cancer Research UK has announced a collaboration with outdoor media owner Clear Channel to bring contactless...

Join the discussion

 Twitter button

@CSFinance