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Social enterprise City

Plymouth is a hot-spot for social enterprise activity in the UK and is developing as a global ‘social enterprise city’. We have one of the most active social enterprise networks in the country and Plymouth University is the world’s first officially certified ‘social enterprise’ university.

There are around 150 social enterprises in the city working in a wide range of sectors including in education, health, arts, environment, food, finance, housing, business support, sport, social care and many more.

Collectively these businesses employ around 7,000 people and bring in an income of over £500 million. There are mega-social enterprises such as the University, Plymouth Community Homes and Livewell South West but there is also a burgeoning economy of smaller businesses – 1 in 3 turnover under £50,000. The median turnover is around £100,000.