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ESSENCE - at the heart of social enterprise in Exeter.

The Exeter Social Economy

Together with our members and partners we are on a mission to stimulate and grow a robust SOCIAL ECONOMY across Devon (and beyond).

A robust social economy? An economy that supports strong local economic activity; that actively promotes the well-being of people and planet; one that reduces inequality and one that finds ways to restore and regenerate our natural world.


We COME TOGETHER as a network to increase the social impact of our members’ organisations.


We RAISE AWARENESS of social enterprise with different audiences through communication, events and campaigns.


We BUILD the local evidence base: market intelligence demonstrating how social enterprises make a difference, learn from each other, network and share knowledge.


We OPEN UP markets in the private, public and social sectors to social enterprise.

Buy Social

We ADVOCATE with local government and the public sector to increase understanding and awareness of the Social Value Act and opportunity for local social enterprise.

Systems change

We MOBILISE Exeter’s social entrepreneurial spirit through supporting accessible pathways to social entrepreneurship.

We do this by providing the following to our members:

  • regular networking and business support events

  • sharing best practice and learning from each other

  • advice and guidance from experienced business people

  • promoting member businesses and supporting their marketing activity

  • building awareness of the social sector in the region

  • promoting the interests of our members with local authorities

Together with our members and partners, this is how we stimulate and grow a robust SOCIAL ECONOMY across Devon. Read more about who makes up our network & join us.

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