Published: 18th Jun 2013

There has been a lot of research and evaluation into the social value that social enterprises create for their direct beneficiaries but less about the social value they create for particular places. However, in a recent article in the journal People, Place and Policy Online I discussed the findings of research into the ‘place-based’ social value created by ten rural new-start social enterprise projects. The research focussed on the extent to which local residents felt the projects would make their area a better place to live. I think the findings are very interesting and can help social enterprises in rural areas understand how the contribution of their work on place-based social value can be maximised. Overall, a majority of respondents (57%) thought the local area would be a better place to live as a result of the social enterprise project in their area but there were wide variations by project, … (To read the full article, subscribe below)