THERE isn't a better time than now for businesses and organisations in Torbay to consider the benefits for them and their wider community of being a Social Enterprise.
A series of free one-to-one advice clinics and workshop events are being held this month for anyone who wants to learn from scratch about Social Enterprises or who plans to launch or expand one.
The Social Enterprise business adviser, Andrew Allchurch, who is running these events, said: "There is a shift away from the business model of only being about making money.
"At its simplest a Social Enterprise is a kind of business which first and foremost exists to address a social or environmental need, so profits are invested back into the community or business instead of owners or shareholders.
"Increasingly there is a genuine commitment by businesses to be more ethical and to give something back or benefit the wider community.
"Social Enterprise was probably called philanthropy in the past.
"Modern well-known Social Enterprise success stories include the Eden Project and Big Issue."
Carl Wyard, urban enterprise co-ordinator at Torbay Development Agency, said: "Most Social Enterprises contribute to their local communities through a wide range of activities and services from housing and sport, to cafes and education.
"The benefits of Social Enterprise can be immeasurable on a personal, business and wider economic and social level."
The Introduction to Social Enterprise workshop, on November 13, is part of South Devon Enterprise Week when a range of local business support events are planned.
Opportunities in November to find out more about Social Enterprises:
Free one-to-one advice clinic on today at Community Voluntary Action, 11, Castle Road, Torquay. Individual sessions are one hour long at 9.30am, 10.45am, noon, 2pm and 3.15pm.
The Introduction to Social Enterprise' workshop with practical tips on marketing, finance and legal issues, to set up or grow, on Tuesday, November 13, from 9.30am to 12.30pm in the Innovation Centre, Vantage Point, Long Road, Paignton.
Additional one hour one-to-one sessions with a specialist adviser are also available.
Free one-to-one advice clinic on Monday, November 19, at Brixham Library. Individual sessions are one hour long at 9.30am, 10.45am, 12 noon, 2pm and 3.15pm
Advanced booking is recommended and places are limited to Torbay-based people and two representatives for each organisation or business.
Booking forms are available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0871 641 2119 ext 8254.