This report, the first detailed one since 2006, seeks to provide a picture of the Social Firm sector in 2010 and examine some of the changes to the sector in the last four years in the UK. Since the last report the sector has widened its focus to include other disadvantaged groups such as ex-offenders, homeless people and those who have previously been involved in substance abuse.
This report comes as a result of ongoing work to map the sector and is therefore not based on a snapshot in time but rather information gathered over time. As such it cannot be fully up to date: something that should be borne in mind when being read. Some of the collected data is incomplete (e.g. employment figures) and so the actual information collected has been used to inform sensible and realistic projections which may be of assistance but are therefore not completely accurate. The purpose of this mapping report is to provide as factual a picture as possible on the Social Firm sector: its size (people employed, turnover), growth and the issues faced in expanding, structure (legal form, industry sectors, geographical spread), its successes and thoughts on future challenges.
Some Mapping Highlights