The ecosystem in which social enterprises work can make the difference between success and failure. Aware of this, we have promoted the involvement of stakeholders during the delivery of the SPARK project. Our aim has been to bring together as many stakeholder organisations as possible to ensure gaps in support are addressed, barriers to growth removed and the profile of social enterprise raised consistently.
By stakeholders we are referring to government bodies and agencies, policy makers, and any others that have an influence or an interest in supporting social enterprises by affecting positively the environment in which they have to operate.
In addition, we have set up the Social Enterprise Innovation Accelerator Network (SEIAN), which includes over 350 members at the moment and that is enabling international exchange of knowledge between social enterprises, policy makers, support organisations and academics. Click here to explore membership, posts, and how to register to be part of it.
Spark Strategy and Action plan
One of the flagship activities of the project has been the creation of an Action Plan, which has been used to engage a wide array of stakeholders in the last three years. Stakeholders have had the chance to pledge activities that they will are or will be delivering to improve the ecosystem in which social enterprises operate or to support them directly. Click here to access the SPARK Action Plan.
Our priority pillars
The Action Plan identifies key priorities under which strategic areas of action have been included, as a guide to optimise the support provided to social enterprises, either directly to them or by influencing the environment in which they operate. Both the priorities and the areas of action are aimed at addressing issues identified through the research undertaken at the beginning of the project. They are directed at different types of stakeholders and support agencies, recognising the fact that different actors are needed for the whole ecosystem to work and maximise the intended outcomes. The priorities in the Action Plan are: