Social Enterprise: Bridging the Gap between the Statutory and Third Sector
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AbstractThis article contributes to research of vulnerable communities and investigates the role of social enterprise created or saved from closure by social entrepreneurs affected personally by a life-changing event, in the context of stroke survival. Qualitative research is deployed to investigate the ways in which social enterprise supports survivors of stroke and their caregivers. Research analysis identifies start-up motives and challenges faced by social entrepreneurs and highlights how social enterprise can bridge the gap in support provision provided by the statutory and third sectors. Involvement in stroke clubs was found to be a key positive contributor to participants’ life after stroke. This study has found that those who become social entrepreneurs after a life-changing event exhibit altruistic behaviours, while engagement between these social enterprises and this vulnerable group created specific benefits for vulnerable individuals and their caregivers, highlighting the potential for social enterprise to bridge the gap between statutory and third sectors which is currently overlooked in existing policy provision. The article concludes by making detailed recommendations for future research in this context and for governments and policymakers.
CitationHeyworth-Thomas, E. M. and Jones, R. (2019) ‘Social enterprise: Bridging the gap between the statutory and third sector’, The International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, 20(2), pp. 80–89. doi: 10.1177/1465750319834405.
JournalThe International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation
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