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Spark Social Enterprise

Priority Axis

Technological and Social Innovation

Specific objective

Framework Conditions for Innovation

England

The Platform Social Enterprise Ltd

Lead partner

address

9 Russell Place
Brighton
BN1 2RG
United Kingdom

Contact

Project budget

3 085 644

ERDF amount

1 851 385

ERDF rate

60%

Start date

01/01/2016

End date

31/12/2019

Common challenge

The common challenges tackled by the project are: “relatively low level of social innovation” and “development of social enterprises as SMEs”. Social Enterprises (SEs) are well placed to deliver social innovation in the 2 seas area. A 2012 SBS survey found 67% of UK SEs had introduced a new or significantly improved product or service in the previous 12 months compared to 43% of non-SE SMEs. Yet their dual missions of social purpose and business create complex needs which require specialized solutions in order to make social innovations commercially viable and sustainable.

Partners

England

West Sussex County Council

England

University of Brighton

Belgium/Flanders

Sociale Innovatie Fabriek

Belgium/Flanders

De Punt

Netherlands

Seinwezen Beheer

Observers

France

Region Nord-Pas de Calais

Netherlands

Kennisland