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Cumbria Social Enterprise Zone Business Case

  • Year: 2022-2023
  • Client: Cumbria County Council
  • Delivered By: ekosgen

We co-developed a Strategic Outline Business Case (SOBC) for the development of a Cumbria Social Enterprise Zone to support growth and scale-up in the sector. 

Working in partnership with Forever Consulting, the initial phase delivered a scoping report to inform the Social Enterprise Zone concept, combining desk research and stakeholder consultation findings. This included an overview of the social enterprise sector; the key drivers, challenges and opportunities facing it; local and national policy context; and best practice.  
A five-case SOBC was subsequently developed, with funding and support sought from central and local government to pilot the concept.

Cumbria Social Enterprise Zone Business Case


Co-Create Strategy

Generate Analysis

Secure Investment






Local Government