Somerset Social Enterprise Network

What is a Social Enterprise?

Social enterprises are businesses that are changing the world for the better. Like traditional businesses, they aim to make a profit but it’s what they do with their profits that sets them apart – reinvesting or donating them to create positive social change.

Join the Somerset Social Enterprise Network

The Smart Communities team has created the Somerset Social Enterprise Network to help social enterprises across the county to flourish and for the sector to grow. With over 200 members from start-ups to established companies, for individuals and organisations who support social enterprise, SSEN is your network.

Famous examples include Big Issue, Divine Chocolate, and the Eden Project. In Somerset we have some excellent social enterprises making real differences in our communities, this includes Rusty Road 2 Recovery in Bridgwater, Minehead Eye, the Great Western Hotel in Taunton, the Red Brick Building in Glastonbury and The Hub Yeovil, and all our community-run shops and village halls.

SSEN Member benefits*

  • Regular networking and training events with expert speakers, experienced facilitators and peer to peer member support.
  • Regular newsletters and local bulletins keeping you up to date with funding, grants and advice available for social enterprises as well as another way of showcasing individual organisations – email us with your details to be in the spotlight! 
  • Access to a Somerset only members Facebook Group, talk to others, share ideas and resources.
  • Promotion of social enterprise to policymakers and commissioners.
  • *Membership is currently free to Somerset-based organisations, because of generous support from funders. 
  • *Membership is open to social enterprises and similar organisations of all sizes and at all stages of development.
  • You can email the team on or join below!
Click here to complete the Membership Form

#ShopSocial this Christmas

Discover a wealth of quality, local, and importantly socially conscious products – buying from these organisations means profits are reinvested into the community the Social Enterprise supports.

Click below to browse the directory – from outdoor adventures, wild camping, maker workshops and ethical, local goodies!

SSEN Member Shopping Directory

Free networking & training events

Join our series of networking & training events for Social Enterprises.

This is a great chance to meet other social enterprises and like-minded people to share ideas, successes and challenges.

Click here for all our Somerset Social Enterprise Events

Joined the Network and am delighted with the friendly welcome, well organised events and good business advice.Two of us who met in a webinar have joined forces to plan a pilot music project in Yeovil (one sole trader, one CIC).”

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