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Social Economy

Advance Programme Is Launched

The Advance Programme is a unique pilot programme developed and managed by Larne Enterprise Development Company Ltd (LEDCOM) in conjunction with Enterprise Northern Ireland and funded by Lloyds TSB Foundation NI.

The programme aims to give young people, who have gained CCEA accredited training (cert. in Understanding Business Enterprise) through the Enterprise Northern Ireland Exploring Enterprise programme, a paid work experience within a growing social enterprise.  For further information please contact

Social Enterprises innovating for success

Northern Ireland Social Enterprise Awards Winners Announced 2013

Social Enterprise NI announces today the winners of this year’s annual Social Enterprise Awards held in Derry/Londonderry UK City of Culture.

Social Enterprise of the year is awarded to Ashton Community Trust. The start up category ‘One to Watch’ went to South Armagh Childcare Consortium,  Consumer facing social Enterprise  went to Willowbank Ltd, Social Enterprise market builder was awarded to the Northern Health and Social Care Trust.  Social Investment deal was won by Drumlin wind energy co-operative for raising £2.7 million in community owned shares.

Full list of winners

Third Sector mapping exercise

Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster and Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland have announced the findings of a mapping exercise into the third sector in Northern Ireland.

Social Economy Work Programme

DETI has appointed Social Enterprise NI  to deliver a three year Social Economy Work Programme (SEWP) in direct response to the findings of an independent evaluation of the Northern Ireland Social Economy Sector. The main objective of the SEWP is to develop and implement an agreed three year programme of initiatives to enable the continued growth of a sustainable social economy sector.

Social Enterprise NI is a consortium of social enterprises and social entrepreneurs which have come together to design, manage and deliver a programme of initiatives to support the continued development of a sustainable Northern Ireland social economy sector and to develop an environment where society profits and social enterprises excel at meeting community need.

Social Economy Initiatives

Invest NI’s Social Entrepreneurship Programme can provide support and advice to the Social Economy Sector.