Social Enterprise Resources

At Olmec, we encourage people to access as many forms of support as possible so they can be successful in achieving their aims and objectives.  Here we have listed some social enterprise resources.

Reports featuring Olmec social enterprise support


While many funding sources and grant providers change over time, some providers have ongoing programmes or are able to signpost you to current and local sources:

Marketing opportunities

Buy Social – a campaign and site from Social Enterprise UK that promotes the goods and services of Social Enterprises –

Tools, guides, manuals and templates for social enterprises

In addition to providing direct support through our social enterprise programmes, we have put together a listing of other resources.There are a wealth of resources, toolkits and templates that are available for free to community groups and individuals wanting to establish a social enterprise or become more business-like in their approach.
Important Note: Whilst we have provided links to material that we believe to be of good quality at the time of uploading we cannot be responsible for externally linked material.

Start up guides

Business planning

Legal Structures

Simply Legal. Comprehensive guide to social enterprise legal structures and organisational forms. Published by Co-operatives UK but covers all legal forms:


  • Simply Finance. A comprehensive guide to raising finance for community enterprises from Co-operatives UK. Covers the wide range of sources available. Includes templates and example documents:
  • Financial planning models. London Rebuilding Society have provided some really useful templates that can hep you understand whether you can afford to borrow or if you need to address another issue in your business. Available for VAT registered and non-VAT registered enterprises, with guidance notes:

Social Impact

Community shares

City Business Library

The City Business Library is the major public library for business information. No membership or registration is required. It offers free access to a range of global information resources, including; market research and company data that is not available via the web, you can make your own customized B2B mailing lists, find business news, start-up and funding information. There is also a programme of seminars each month. For more information, visit the website or call 020 7332 1812.

British Library

The British Library has a dedicated Business and IP Centre.  You can access market research & funding reports in the library and some free business support is usually available

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