Social Enterprise London (SEL) is the heart and voice of London’s social enterprise sector. Promoting community, best practice, and skills development we work with decision makers, support organisations, local government and social entrepreneurs to help them realise their vision. At SEL we are passionate about facilitating the growth of social enterprise as a means to achieve meaningful and lasting social and economic change. SEL provides a range of services to the social enterprise sector including business planning, research and mapping, strategy implementation and cross-community coalition building, training and event management. SEL runs London Social Enterprise Network the largest community of social enterprises, business support providers, academics and entrepreneurs in the country and also the first social enterprise shopping site. Disclaimer: Support for this publication was provided by the London Development Agency. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this Journal are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the London Development Agency or Social Enterprise London. All photographs included in the front and back covers were taken by Anna Leader. Copyright © 2005 Social Enterprise London Published by Social Enterprise London March 2005
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Introducing the first edition of the Social Enterprise Journal Dear Reader, It is with great enthusiasm that Social Enterprise London (SEL) is publishing the first edition of the Social Enterprise Journal. The journal has been generously funded by the London Development Agency for a three-year period to test the market for an annual and research driven social enterprise publication. Social enterprise is increasingly recognized for its economic, social and environmental contribution to society and a wealth of social enterprise research is now emerging from practitioners and academics alike. Our goal in publishing the journal is to present the findings from both these sources so that knowledge and understanding can be shared by those with an interest in social enterprise. The journal aims to be accessible to policy makers, practitioners and academic audiences. The papers in this journal report research that has investigated a range of topics relevant to social enterprise, including social return on investment, the Balanced Scorecard, branding for social enterprise, business support and enterprise sustainability. As you read these papers, we hope that you will consider the Social Enterprise Journal as a new forum for the presentation of research and a platform for promoting innovation, reflection and understanding. Being the first journal of its kind, and something of a departure for SEL, we are keen to see its effect on the sector and welcome your comments and feedback. With the exception of the opening piece, the papers in this first edition have been specifically selected to allow new authors to present their research. The papers are innovative and present findings from a broad range of topics. The first piece by Haugh reviews the domain of social...