Creating more and better jobs
Social franchising is a means of enabling social enterprises and the social economy to create more employment for disadvantaged people and achieve social aims. This is done principally by enabling joint working and knowledge sharing and transfer.
With over 60 social franchises in Europe employing over 13,000 people this vision is beginning to be realised. The largest of these is De Kringwinkel in Flanders employing 4200 people, others, like the Le Mat hotel and tourism social franchise or the School for Social Entrepreneurs operate in more than one country.
Social franchising provides an opportunity to rapidly grow the sector to the benefit of disadvantaged people and society more generally.
The European Social Franchising Network (ESFN) promotes and develops the concept of social franchising. It thus helps us grasp this opportunity.
This website provides a range of resources to help you promote and develop your social franchise or learn more about social franchising and get invovled with the work of ESFN. We hope you find it useful.
Out next major Conference will be held at Sweden on 13 May. For more information click details.
Finally, Mike Berriman was one of the great people who helped create social enterprises and then social franchises. He was a Director of Commonwheels (see information) now a large car club and he worked developing ESFN and this website. We thank him.
I had have also being ill but I hope to update the ESFN website.