A major survey of social businesses in Wales is about to get underway – don’t miss your chance to be part of it.

A major survey of social businesses in Wales is about to get underway.

Don’t miss your chance to be part of it.

In 2014, Wales Co-operative Centre commissioned a directory of social businesses in Wales and the production of a report ‘Social Businesses in Wales: The State of the Sector’. The report highlighted that social businesses in Wales contribute £1.7bn to the economy and employ in the region of 38,000 people.

This year Social Business Wales is repeating the exercise but we want to ensure that your social business is included. Is your social business included in the current Directory of Social Businesses In Wales?

If not, your business could be missing out.

Since 2014, many things have changed and Social Business Wales would like to speak to as many social businesses as possible to get a feel for the size of the sector, your ambitions for your business and the challenges you face. Social Business Wales (which is funded by Welsh Government and the European Regional Development Fund and delivered by the Wales Co-operative Centre) is about to start a major research project to update its social business directory and assess the current state of the sector. To do this effectively, we need your help.

This new research will build on data collected in Autumn 2014 and will be carried out by Wavehill Ltd. It will feed directly into the Business Wales Directory giving the social businesses which participate a valuable opportunity to grow their markets and win new contracts. The information will also be used to inform the development of policy and future support activity by the Wales Co-operative Centre and other external organisations.

Wavehill will be contacting social businesses by telephone in the coming months – this is your chance to make sure that your business’ name is on the list.

We are also urging you to take part in the research to ensure that your social business is represented, that your business is added to the Business Wales database and, most importantly, that your views are heard. The interviews will only take around 10 minutes of your time but the overall impact of the research will last for years.

We live in challenging times. Now is the time to raise the issues that affect our sector and ensure that policies and practical support are in place that helps you to continue to deliver the work you do.

Please help us get your voice heard.

If you would like us to add your business to the database that Wavehill will be using for this research, please email matthew.close@wales.coop.

Please include:

·         Your Business Name

·         Postal Address

·         Post Code

·         Local Authority Area where your business is based

·         Telephone number

·         Business Email Address

·         Business Web site

·         Business Facebook Page (if relevant)

·         Business Twitter (if relevant)

Thank you.

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