Supporting Social Enterprises

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?

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

arc Corporate Partners

arc is supported and funded by BP. arc also works in close partnership with Social Enterprise UK, the national body for social enterprises.
Founded on the principles of collaboration and partnership, arc’s partners work together to meet the needs of the arc’s social enterprises by providing access to experienced business leaders to deliver high quality, relevant, expert support.  Together, they are helping to create a lasting legacy for communities across East London, West London and Yorkshire.  We are grateful to our partners for their support and commitment.

arc is also expanding and is seeking relationships with the wider business community to meet the ongoing needs of social enterprises. arc provides the chance for your business to connect with social entrepreneurs to collaborate, share skills and create sustainable benefits for your customers and your community.
arc currently operates across London and is also expanding to other locations throughout the UK. We are seeking relationships with the wider business community to meet the ongoing needs of social enterprises beyond 2013.
Contact Georgia Watson, Engagement Manager, Enterprise and Culture to find out more about becoming a partner.