As many leaders of charities and social enterprises can attest, increasing capacity, resource and resilience is a priority. 

There's lots of support out there for social and purpose-driven organisations, but it's not always clear where to start/ 

This page lists some of the many organisations that provides tools and resources to help you to plan your next step, be it to kickstart your organisation or idea, to grow and scale or to adapt and offer a new product or service. 

If you have a suggestion for an organisation you'd like to see listed here, please don't hesitate to email

Federation of Small Businesses

Whether you’re starting a new business, working for yourself or managing a growing team, FSB are here to help you every step of the way. Make more time for running your business with support, advice and guidance at your fingertips.

My Community - Locality

My Community is a ‘gateway’ for advice and support for the entire community sector and a place where the community movement gathers and connects.

NCVO Know How

NCVO Knowhow offers advice and support for voluntary organisations. Learn from experts and your peers, and share your experiences with the community

Power to Change

Community businesses create a sense of belonging. They bring strength and stability to local places, improving their areas by starting a community shop, saving their public halls, running their local football club, or buying the last pub in the village. Community businesses spread wealth, power and opportunity to where it is needed the most. 

By coming together with their grit, ingenuity, and local knowledge, communities can thrive. Power to Change is the trust that backs community businesses in England. We help communities use shared power and business to transform where they live.

Plunkett Foundation

Plunkett provides practical advice, support and training to help communities establish and run successful community businesses with long-term survival rates.

Plunkett defines a community business as being locally rooted, trading for the benefit of the local area, and as being accountable to the community and having broad community impact.            


UnLtd finds, funds and supports social entrepreneurs - enterprising people with solutions that change our society for the better. We were formed in 2002 by seven organisations who believed that social entrepreneurs had a much bigger contribution to make to our economy and society. We were among the first to back individuals with their own ideas to create social good.

We can’t fix issues like poverty, climate change and ill-health alone. That’s why the School for Social Entrepreneurs exists.
We have helped thousands of people develop the skills, strengths and networks they need to tackle society’s biggest problems. In turn, they help millions of people in need.

Acumen Acadmy

Our mission with Acumen Academy is to unleash a new generation of social innovators and leaders with the determination and grit to build a more just, inclusive and sustainable world. It’s a place where we define success not on how the privileged fare but on how the poor, vulnerable and the earth are treated.

Hatch Enterprise

We support underrepresented entrepreneurs to develop the knowledge, confidence, and skills needed to launch and grow a business. We do this through delivering workshops, events, and 1-2-1 volunteering support, connecting entrepreneurs in a vibrant supportive community, and building networks and partnerships with other organisations who share our vision. 
A helpful list of resources to help you and your business survive and thrive.

Do it Now Now

Do it Now Now is an open-innovation organisation committed to the empowerment of Black people through the provision of access to opportunities for social mobility through financial inclusion, entrepreneurship and employment. 

Breakthrough Impact

From helping launch and build UK to working with Grenfell families, we’ve seen what grassroots groups can achieve when they bring together ACTIVISM and IMPACT – combining the cutting edge online mobilisation with the best of offline organising, lobbying, strategy and creative communications.

Ice Academy

We’ve teamed up with our friends at The Entrepreneurial Refugee Network (TERN)—a group of dedicated, pioneering social activists—to see how we could help them in getting people who arrived as refugees back into business AND figure out how to remove some of the barriers they face when entering the job market.

The Enterprise Development Programme

The Enterprise Development Programme is a five-year programme, funded by Access – The Foundation for Social Investment. It is managed by a coalition of partners, including multiple infrastructure bodies (sector leads) and Social Investment Business as a strategic grant partner.

The Baobab Network

Every start-up is different, so we treat them that way. We invest $50,000 into early-stage tech ventures across Africa and provide founders with a global platform to scale their business.

Black Equity Organisation

BEO is a new independent, national Black civil rights organisation created to dismantle systemic racism in Britain, drive generational change and deliver better lived experiences for Black people across the country.

Impact Hub London

Impact Hub London accelerates entrepreneurial action that benefits people and planet. We do this through an inspiring workspace, business support, and networks that enable changemakers to thrive in London and beyond.