Interested in a social franchise?
Looking to create more sustainable, greater impact?
At Wessex Social Ventures (WSV) we help build ideas and projects into sustainable social businesses.We currently run three enterprises, aimed at communities living on less than $3 per day. WSV provide the business models, the resources and the training. In other words, we focus on giving people the tools they need to help themselves. We aim to create true empowerment by providing long term fulfilling jobs, powering the local economy and solving some of the world's fundamental social issues. We bring together expertise from social organisations, corporates, the public sector and an experienced advisory team, to form a network committed to using their skills to accelerate social businesses. We create significant impact through our core values:
The current businesses in WSV are all international development based. The most important aspect of setting up a community owned business is the relationship with that community. This is why the current WSV portfolio operate on a social franchise. This focus on partnerships is what drives the success of enterprises in the WSV programme.
At Wessex Social Ventures we want to build a network of organisations and individuals working together and supporting social businesses. Be this the businesses in WSV, the social sector organisations or cooperates looking to support communities and social businesses. It doesn't matter what an organisation primarily does as long as its values and actions describe a social good in what they do.Two of our most important partners are the University of Southampton and Enactus Southampton, for more information on our relationship with Enactus Southampton see below.
WSV originated from the University of Southampton Enactus team where the founders realised the potential for the projects that were being created to change lives on a global scale. This relationship is one of the most integral parts of WSV as it allows WSV to support the amazing work that the students are doing in Enactus. Whilst also giving the projects they develop an opportunity to scale into the World through the WSV accelerator.