Newry & Mourne Enterprise Agency
WIN Business Park
BT35 6PH

t: 028 3026 7011

Support for Social Enterprise

The Social Economy is all about benefiting local people. Bringing employment and wealth to local communities. Improving the social and economic well being of local communities and promoting social and economic justice through equality of opportunity.

The Social Economy includes: 

  • Voluntary and community organisations 
  • Co-operatives
  • Community businesses 
  • Foundations and associations 
  • Credit unions
  • Housing associations 
  • Charities

A Social Enterprise is a business, engaged in some form of trading or service provision in order to bring people and communities together for indigenous economic development and social benefit.

Enterprise Focused - seeking to become self-sufficient, not grant dependent, by developing sustainable social economy activity to generate surpluses and reinvest these surpluses in the business or in the community.

Social Aims - explicit social aims such as job creation, training or provision of local services

Sir Gerry Robinson and Stephen mcClelland
"If you haven't heard the phrase social entrepreneurship before then you're missing a new force which is reshaping our society. It's about bringing a business eye to the problems of society, and then applying a business imperative to get things done. While profit is not the motive there are big prizes to won along the way.  Newry & Mourne Enterprise Agency is a powerful force in building successful social enterprises.”


Sir Gerry Robinson discusses the social economy with NMEA's Stephen McClelland

NMEA Building


Co-Innovate, a new programme supported by the European Union’s INTERREG VA Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body, will help you harness ideas to:


  • Work smarter
  • Equip you for future challenges
  • Add value to your business
  • Help you stand out from the competition
  • Boost your bottom-line


For more details contact: Colin Hanna at Newry and Mourne Enterprise Agency - 028302 67011