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10 years of catalysing innovation, purpose and better outcomes in public service delivery

Author: E3M
Publication date: 25/05/2022

Our new publication explores E3M’s, our members’ and partners’ impacts over the past decade and sets an ambitious vision for the next. Social enterprises can deliver public services in a way which improves people’s lives, brings huge benefits to local communities, and boosts value for public authorities. We founded E3M in 2012 because we knew […]

Measurement: Local Alchemy Evaluation Report: Unlocking Social Value and Investment through Collaboration

Author: E3M
Publication date: 11/02/2020

How an innovative process catalysed understanding and relationships between local authorities and social enterprises. E3M’s Local Alchemy events in Oldham, Rotherham and Gainsborough demonstrated the power of collaboration between social enterprises, commissioners and investors. This series of events developed by a team of social enterprise and investment experts gave participants permission to “think differently,” catalysing: […]

Markets: Oldham Alchemy – Video and Case Study

Author: E3M

Northern Roots is a bold initiative being supported and enabled by Oldham Council. Its ingredients: a currently underused 65-hectare site and a new brand centred on food growing and production. Together they will be a catalyst for community health and wellbeing, new leisure opportunities, skills development, employment, enterprise creation and service transformation. At the heart […]

Models: E3M Alchemy – Write up of the Day

Author: E3M

Written by E3M partner, Zurich Municipal. E3M’s first Alchemy event, held in September, was a great success. Bringing together senior public service commissioners, leaders of commercial social enterprises and social investors, the event challenged them to devise innovative solutions to the wide-ranging challenges facing a fictional town. Zurich Municipal is a Supporting Partner of E3M and its […]

Markets: The Art of the Possible in Public Procurement

Author: E3M
Publication date: 21/09/2016

Written by Frank Villeneuve-Smith of HCT and Julian Blake of Stone King The innovative solutions that can tackle some of our really big social challenges are too often held back by a focus on the process, rather than the purpose, of public procurement. The Public Contracts Regulations 2015 provide Commissioners with a great deal of flexibility to […]

Money: Financing Social Enterprise Growth

Author: E3M
Publication date: May 2015

Social investment is a rapidly evolving field. The examples outlined in this publication show how E3M Members are working with specialist funders and expert advisors to pioneer the use of a range of different financial tools to raise the capital they need to grow. Social enterprises are used to breaking new ground. And, when you […]

Measurement: Policy Paper: E3M-led Review for Social Impact Measurement Strategy

Author: E3M
Publication date: March 2015

ALIGNING THE NEEDS AND REQUIREMENTS FOR SOCIAL INVESTMENT, COMMISSIONING FOR SOCIAL VALUE AND EFFECTIVE SOCIAL ENTERPRISE Prepared on behalf of the E3M Partners by Jim Clifford OBE of Bates Wells and Dr. Richard Hazenberg of University of Northampton This policy paper argues that that there should be alignment between the extensive work already carried on […]

Models: Governance for Good

Author: E3M
Publication date: February 2015

A showcase of top UK social enterprises achieving maximum social impact and a competitive edge through excellent governance Social enterprises emerge from different routes – traditional charities, public sector spinouts and brand new start-ups. Each route comes with its cultural and organisational challenges, but as these businesses mature and develop they all have to address […]

E3M 2013 Conference Report

Author: E3M
Publication date: March 2013

On 4-5 March 2013 E3M held its inaugural European conference in Kettering. This important, two-ˇday European event held in English, French and Italian, brought together over 250 people from 14 different countries to discuss the key issues for growing successful social enterprise. Themed around the topics Markets, Money, Models and Measurement, the conference took place in the […]