Kibble’s uniquely integrated array of services is simultaneously closely interlinked and separate business units, and offer both continuity and variety, dependent on ‘ages and stages’. This requires continuing investment and a social enterprise can draw on many funding streams. When it is operating both efficiently and effectively, it may be able to generate surpluses. If it has a track record of operating profitably it may be able to access mainstream financing such as bank lending. ‘Social investment’ – funding tailored to seek a social and financial return – is also a possibility. Government grants may be available because of the community benefit and non-profit distribution nature of a social enterprise. Some, although not all, charitable foundations may support charitable social enterprises, with the caveat of community benefit.
We are extremely grateful to receive support from a wide range of individuals, partners and organisations who provide us with the opportunity to continually invest in our services for young people, our staff and facilities.