Social Enterprise

About This Project

In partnership with Manifold, a co-working space in New Plymouth, we have created a supportive hub environment to grow and develop social enterprise in Taranaki.  Our aim is to inspire and nurture local social entrepreneurs and to draw entrepreneurs from around the country to Taranaki.

Social enterprise is a proven model of responding to social needs through trading enterprises.  Scotland (a similar population size to New Zealand) has invested in supporting social enterprise for over a decade and now has more than 5000 social enterprises, employing more than 112,000 people, and contributing £1.68 billion to their economy.  Taranaki has a history of creativity and innovation and we believe our region can benefit from social enterprises if we create the supportive environment in which they can thrive.

Alongside access to the co-working space at Manifold and the capacity building support of BAF, our Social Enterprise Hub offers a range of practical services through our partner organisations – The Chamber of Commerce, Business Mentors, BDO, Govett Quilliam, Obst Coaching and The Wheelhouse.  We also offer a start-up social enterprise manual providing a roadmap from idea generation through to business growth.

Interested in joining us?