ESSENCE is at the heart of the Exeter social enterprise movement, infrastructure and community: we are an active peer-support network for (aspiring) social enterprises and those supporting the social enterprise sector.

Our Network

We are ESSENCE, the members of the Exeter Social Enterprise Network. Do you want to use our services, buy our products or just get inspired? Have a look through our growing network.

What's Happening

We organise networking events, business support events & monthly informal meetups across Devon. For upcoming events and news, click here.

Join Us

You will be able to access many benefits when joining ESSENCE. Signing up is simple. Find out more.

Gain free access to ESSENCE focus groups and business support events.

Widen your reach with free exposure on our website, newsletter and social media.

Join us and benefit from networking, member-to-member offers and much more.


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‘I have found the ESSENCE focus group invaluable. The needs-led support has enabled me to continue to learn and contribute with other, local social enterprises. Without it, we would have struggled to survive as an organisation’.

Carole Smyth Moving Together Devon