Resources & Info

We have written a series of factsheets that are pertinent to the Social Enterprise Sector – please click on each title to download the factsheet.  Please acknowledge us if you share this with your contacts and networks!

If you are unsure whether you are a social enterprise have a look at the government’s definition:

What is a Social Enterprise?

“A social enterprise is a business with primarily social objectives whose surpluses are reinvested for that purpose in the business or in the community (rather than being driven by the need to deliver profit to shareholders and owners).” 2006

The 4 key areas are:

  • Social Aims – their primary purpose
  • Social Ownership – not privately owned
  • Trading – must be selling goods or services
  • Profit Distribution – not for personal profit

Contact SEE Ahead for further information and support.

Specialist Support

The following organisations can provide you with specialist support and information:
For budgeting and accountancy support: WYCAS
For HR advice and employment law expertise: PERS
For regional social enterprise sector representation: SEYH
For a range of finance options: The Key Fund
For funding and support for social entrepreneurs: Unltd
For national social enterprise sector representation:  Social Enterprise UK

West Yorkshire Voluntary Sector Support:

Bradford District's CVSs merge to become 'Community Action'


On 5 April, Bradford Council for Voluntary Service (BCVS), Keighley & Ilkley Voluntary and Community Action (KIVCA) and Shipley and Bingley Voluntary Services (SBVS) merged to  become Community Action Bradford & District or Community Action for short. When you phone the person answering will state the name of the office (Bingley, Bradford, Ilkley or Keighley) so that you will know that you have called the right place.  Please note telephone numbers remain unchanged. The new email address for younglives is [email protected] and [email protected] and [email protected]. Emails for other Community Action staff can be found at


Soo Nevison the new CEO is now in post and Paul Stephens is the new Head of Operations. They have also launched a new website which brings together information about all services available to community groups in Bradford and the District. Over the coming weeks we will continue to develop the site and content, so for the time being you might need to telephone for further information. The new joint website can be found at Information about Community Action can be also found here and the same pages can also be accessed via Please keep visiting the new website for updates and new services.

Voluntary Action Wakefield District
Voluntary Action Leeds
Voluntary Action Kirklees
Sector Support Calderdale