Research has identified that a range of organisations are taking a leading role in providing support to social enterprises in Bedfordshire and Luton, although it has not been possible to identify exact numbers of specific social enterprise advisors. The organisations identified include:
Chamber of Commerce/Business Link
Voluntary Action Luton
Luton Borough Council
Luton and Dunstable Innovation Centre
Social Firms Eastern Region
University of Luton
Spires Innovation Centre.
The East of England Development Agency’s (EEDA) Investing in Communities (IiC) programme and the Social Enterprise Steering Group in Bedfordshire and Luton have recently commissioned a report to review social enterprise activity in Bedfordshire and Luton, which in turn has informed the development of a social enterprise draft action plan.