The Ecosystem of UK Social Entrepreneurship: A Meta- Analysis of Contemporary Studies

Gareth White , Robert Allen , Anthony Samuel , Dan Taylor, Robert Thomas, Paul Jones

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This chapter explores social enterprises as an alternative and addition to traditional entrepreneurial ecosystems (EEs). It reviews the substantial social enterprise literature in order to identify the myriad of competing tensions constraining development and success of social EEs in areas of significant poverty and economic deprivation. Following this, the findings of several contemporary and novel studies are discussed. These collectively evidence ways social enterprises are overcoming the seemingly immutable constraints they operate under. In particular, the Social Enterprise Places initiative has been highly effective in supporting the development of flourishing social EEs in many locations in the UK. However, the growth of social enterprises, both in number and economic importance, presents further challenges that social enterprise owners and managers will have to contend with. Consequently, these organisations and their allied ecosystems require continued structural, financial and skills support.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDisadvantaged Entrepreneurship and the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem
EditorsD.G. Pickernell, M. Battisti, Z. Dann, C. Ekinsmyth
Number of pages26
ISBN (Print)978-1-80071-451-9, 978-1-80071-450-2
Publication statusPublished - 17 Jan 2022

Publication series

NameContemporary Issues in Entrepreneurship Research
ISSN (Print)2040-7246
ISSN (Electronic)2040-7254


  • Deprivation
  • Development
  • Ecosystem
  • Meta-analysis
  • Support
  • UK social entrepreneurship


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