With more housing associations classifying themselves as social enterprises, or looking to develop their own social enterprises, collaboration with the social enterprise sector is increasingly important.

According to the National Housing Federation, housing associations provide more than two and a half million homes for more than five million people in England.

Housing Associations are looking to engage with social enterprise in a number of key ways:

  1. To consider themselves as social enterprises
  2. To run social enterprises as trading arms to deliver services
  3. To buy from social enterprises in their supply chains
  4. To incubate social enterprises being run by tenants
  5. To invest in social enterprises through community investment funds

Across all of these areas, SEUK have significant experience from across our housing members and partners in understanding what works, what’s possible, and some of the major barriers. We are very keen to help Housing Associations avoid reinventing the wheel by creating something when tried and tested models exist already.

Please contact us if you have any enquiries about what we could do for you or have a look at the below resources. 

Useful resources 

Communities Count report 

Published with Wates Group, the Chartered Institute of Housing, and Orbit Group, Communities Count is the most comprehensive research report to date on social value and includes practical recommendations for housing associations.

Join Social Enterprise UK

We offer membership packages especially for housing associations and the social enterprises they incubate which can help you keep up to date and get support across all of these key areas. For more information telephone 020 3589 4950 or email our membership team.