About us

Since 1985, Social Enterprise Kent has been supporting communities, individuals and businesses to shape a better tomorrow.  We work in partnership with our whole community to build the skills and relationships needed to create positive change.

Our story is intertwined with the stories of the people we touch – people like you. We don’t just dream of change; we roll up our sleeves and make it happen, hand in hand with our vibrant community. Join us as we turn ideas into reality, one endeavour at a time. Together, we’re not just changing lives but creating a legacy of compassion, support and community.

Come, be a part of the Social Enterprise Kent family – where every action, every partnership, and every smile makes our community stronger.

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£1 million of funding distributed to local grassroots VCSE organisations
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Hours of business support to VCSE organisations across Kent & Medway
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Learners upskilled through our Training division

Strategic objectives

We are driven to innovate in the creation, organisation, and management of social enterprises and small businesses, continuously seeking sustainable solutions.

Our commitment to inclusivity means we leave no one behind. We work tirelessly to bridge gaps and create opportunities for all.

We are catalysts for positive change, supporting the regeneration of deprived areas in Kent through job creation, skills development and other programmes. We put communities at the core of everything we do. Our actions are guided by a deep respect for the unique strengths and needs of each community we serve.

We build not just for today but for a sustainable tomorrow, ensuring that our efforts have a lasting impact on individuals, communities and our planet.

Our overriding organisational priority is simply to re-focus Social Enterprise Kent on its founding objectives, namely:

  • To provide support for people, particularly in areas of deprivation or for those most disadvantaged, to increase health and wellbeing and gain skills and/or employment
  • To support the creation, organisation and management of social enterprises and small enterprises; and to help develop a way of supporting them to be sustainable
  • By creating jobs and skills, to support the regeneration of deprived areas in Kent
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Our values

Our values aren’t just words on a page; they’re the heartbeat of Social Enterprise Kent, shaping how we engage with our internal team and external partners. We believe in keeping things real, and our fantastic staff embrace these values openly. 

RESPECT

Treating people with respect promotes independence and growth.

CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT 

Pursue continuous improvement, in everything we do.

MEET TARGETS

We are committed to meet or exceed financial and performance targets

SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE

Demonstrate social responsibility throughout our actions and activities.

POSITIVITY

We cultivate a positive attitude and humour in our approach.

KEEP THINGS SIMPLE

Embrace simplicity in all we do. Simple yet effective.

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Social impact

Social Enterprise Kent is a community interest company, which means that all of our operational activities are guided by a commitment to maximising our positive social impact for our target market – the people, communities and businesses across Kent.

As a social enterprise, we commit each year to monitoring our business performance in order to exceed our operational and financial objectives, but we place equal importance on making a tangible social difference.

Put simply, we are a successful, ethical business dedicated to shaping a better tomorrow by building stronger communities. By browsing our website, our socials and meeting our wonderful team, you’ll learn about everything we do and see all the direct impact we have.

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Our awards, accreditations and memberships

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