What is a social enterprise?
A social enterprise is a business with a social and/or environmental purpose at its heart. Social enterprises exist in all sectors and in many forms and legal structures, but with a common goal to invest commercial success in increasing opportunities and improving situations for local communities.
What is arc?
- 95% of the 5,022 jobs created trough arc are full-time lasting at least six months, 48% went to disadvantaged individuals
- Savings of more than £26m to the state, through reduced unemployment claims, improved health outcomes and increased tax revenues
- These jobs contributed over £400m Gross Value Added to the UK economy
- arc Corporate Partners found 88% of business volunteers would recommend the programme to colleagues
In partnership with Social Enterprise UK, Business in the Community's arc programme engages established businesses with the energy and passion of social enterprises, enabling business to sustainably contribute to the community.
Inspired by the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and the need to create a lasting legacy for some of London’s most deprived communities arc was created to deliver in-depth business support to help social enterprises grow and create 2,000 jobs in 15 London boroughs by 2016. With the support of our Partners BP and Asda arc has now be expanded to the Yorkshire region. arc has to date supported over 150 social enterprises to grow and create over 5,000 jobs.
To join the arc programme, a social enterprise must have its social and/or environmental mission set out in its constitutional documents. Find out more about arc’s eligibility criteria.