Social Enterprise London (SEL) have published a new guide, Spin Out and Deliver, aimed at public sector workers who are considering setting up as a social enterprise. This short document contains useful information which has been drawn from interview SEL have conducted with people who are currently looking to “spin out” from council ownership to a social enterprise.
This guide forms part of a series of publications from SEL on spinning out, and they continue to conduct research into how public services are changing. Their emerging themes which are outlined in this report include:
- The importance of leadership for organisations that spin out
- The challenge of culture change – moving from working in the public sector to a social enterprise
- The enthusiasm of front-line staff to move to a new model of ownership
- Confusion over legal models, although the legal structure should fit the business not the other way around
- Fears around staff transfer
- The lack of time available to properly plan the development of the organisation
- The lack of infrastructure support available to emerging spin-out organisations.
This guide also includes information about why establishing a social enterprise to run a public service can be a good idea; being an outstanding social enterprise leader; and steps to get started.