European social enterprises dissatisfied with the support of politicians, new research shows | The Social Enterprise Magazine
Nearly seven in ten social entrepreneurs who participated in a new European survey on social enterprises were dissatisfied with the support they received from politicians.
The numbers were revealed yesterday when the Euclid Network launched the inauguration European Social Enterprise Monitor at the European Social Economy Summit 2021, broadcast from Mannheim on 26 and 27 May.
Research found that 67% of social enterprises rated political support for their work as none, low or very low.
Paul Hoffmann, a researcher on the German social entrepreneurship network SEND and one of the research team of the European Social Enterprise Monitor, said: “Politicians still have not given the necessary attention to social enterprise. It is clear in 2020 that many social enterprises will fall through the grid when the Emergency loans came from governments at the beginning of the pandemic.
Most social enterprises are not satisfied with the current level of political support. The chart was reproduced from the European Social Enterprise Monitor 2020-21
The research pilot covering 2020-21 collected data from 930 social enterprises in eight countries (the UK, Germany, Sweden, Spain, Portugal, Estonia, Denmark and Croatia). The team aims to incorporate findings from many countries from across the European Union into research next year.
Key findings include that there are more than 65 legal forms used by social enterprises in the study, seven out of 10 of the social enterprises are less than 10 years old, and that finance is the biggest barrier to development of social enterprises.
What’s more, nearly two-thirds have never applied for EU funding, and in the past year, 30% reported income, 28% were even damaged and 27% were losing.
Social enterprises in Europe are young and ambitious
According to the 930 social enterprises included in the European Social Enterprise Monitor 2020-21:
One of the objectives of the research is to raise the profile of social enterprise among politicians. Wieteke Dupain, head of knowledge, research and development at the Euclid Network, said the aim of the research was “to address the lack of data in social business … and inform decision makers on the status, challenges and needs of social businesses. “.
Wieteke Dupain, pictured on the left at the online launch event during the European Social Economy Summit 2021, said the research aims to influence policy making
The European Commission is currently finalizing this European Action Plan for the Social Economy which will be launched later this year and will run until 2026. Speaking at the launch, one of the team working on the action plan, Dana Verbal, policy officer for social entrepreneurship at the European Commission, said: “We are in dire need of data and evidence We have a lot of anecdotes and they are useful but it is challenging to find out how representative they are. ”He added that the research is“ very useful and important to us ”.