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Social Enterprise: bridging the gap between statutory and third sector

Heyworth-Thomas, E and Jones, R (2019) Social Enterprise: bridging the gap between statutory and third sector. The International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, 20 (2). pp. 80-89. ISSN 1465-7503

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This article contributes to research of vulnerable communities and investigates the role of social enterprise created or saved from closure by social entrepreneurs affected personally by a life-changing event, in the context of stroke survival. Qualitative research is deployed to investigate the ways in which social enterprise supports survivors of stroke and their caregivers. Research analysis identifies start-up motives and challenges faced by social entrepreneurs and highlights how social enterprise can bridge the gap in support provision provided by the statutory and third sectors. Involvement in stroke clubs was found to be a key positive contributor to participants’ life after stroke. This study has found that those who become social entrepreneurs after a life-changing event exhibit altruistic behaviours, while engagement between these social enterprises and this vulnerable group created specific benefits for vulnerable individuals and their caregivers, highlighting the potential for social enterprise to bridge the gap between statutory and third sectors which is currently overlooked in existing policy provision. The article concludes by making detailed recommendations for future research in this context and for governments and policymakers.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Caregiver Support; Personal Support Network; Rurality; Social Enterprise; Social Entrepreneurship; Stroke
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business
Divisions: Business & Management (from Sep 19)
Publisher: Sage Publications
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2020 09:27
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2021 07:35
DOI or ID number: 10.1177/1465750319834405
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/12598
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