Scaling Land Based Social Enterprises

We were funded by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation to look at how a range of a UK based social innovations had scaled-up, and what lessons land based social enterprises could learn.

Having an opportunity to expand what you do is always exciting, but as well as posing operational and financial risks, taking an opportunity to grow can challenge your goals, values or motivations.

We undertook research to identify five contrasting social innovations that had scaled up in order to understand what had worked, what had not, and the different ways in scaling up can impact on an organisation or an emerging social enterprise sector.

We identified five key tensions that social sector organisations need to navigate when making decisions about scaling up, and created a toolkit to help them make better decisions about scaling.

We produced three publications to help groups that are considering scaling up:

We run training sessions, workshops and webinars to support others to use these resources.

“The case-studies and thought-guides look really brilliant. It’s also very exciting that you already have so much interest in testing it from organisations ... I’ve been delighted to work with you” - Project Officer, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

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