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Challenges and barriers for inclusive businesses

In this article, read about the challenges social enterprise and inclusive business face.
Government can support social enterprise and inclusive business, but it is important to understand the challenges these businesses face.

The barriers and challenges faced by these businesses are often similar to those faced by other businesses more widely.

But sometimes there are additional challenges linked to their social mission, ownership or governance structure.

These challenges can often include:

  • Funding and finance – cash flow issues, access to investment or grant funding.

  • Government policy, laws and regulations.

  • Awareness and understanding – among the wider public, customers, investors and government officials.

  • Capacity – among staff, volunteers or at the governance level.

  • Access to premises, equipment or business support.


You will find two British Council reports attached to this step: The state of social enterprise in Sudan and The state of social enterprise in South East Asia. Pick one and explore the main barriers and challenges faced by social enterprise in that particular country/region. Share your findings in the comments.

If you prefer, you can choose another country report on social enterprise to do this task. There are over 20 to choose from, select one that you are interested in or is relevant to your setting.

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