Social entrepreneurship is not just a concept, it’s a new way of doing high impact business

An interesting report has just been published which gives an insight into the impact being made by global social enterprises, not just in terms of doing business differently, but by innovatively making an impact on the world by finding solutions to key social, economic and environmental challenges. The State of Social Enterprise Report 2015, supported by Santander, is the most comprehensive research undertaken into the state of the sector. Although with a UK focus, it has learnings that are relevant around the rest of the globe. The report shows that social enterprises are thriving, outperforming their mainstream SME counterparts in nearly every area of business: turnover growth, workforce growth, job creation, innovation, business optimism, and start-up rates.The findings also show that in a time of public sector austerity and globally networked markets, social enterprises are providing real answers to the significant social and environmental problems we face. With social enterprises, success means more social good. It’s a new way of doing business that harnesses people’s experience, expertise and passion to make a difference as a means of creating game-changing ideas that can make the world a better and more sustainable place.