WHO IS The network FOR?

We are here to help any person or group in Devon that is interested in setting up a community service, facility or rural or social enterprise. 

Your enterprise may be a concept and you don’t know where to begin or a facility that needs support in order to fulfil its potential.

Sign up to the Devon Social Enterprise Network here

For advice and support please call us.
Email info@devoncommunities.org.uk or call 01392 248919

Social enterprises are businesses that trade to tackle social problems, improve communities, people's life chances, or the environment. They make their money from selling goods and services in the open market, but they reinvest their profits back into the businesses or the local community.

A community enterprise is more specific in that it is based in, and provides benefits to a particular local neighbourhood.  A community enterprise is owned and managed by members of that community.  It is an organisation run by a community as well as for a community.

Many communities in Devon have used this approach to maintain local services and our Enterprise Team has supported the development of community shops, post offices and pubs. We work closely with as The Plunkett Foundation.


We will help you start, grow and develop in a successful and sustainable way with:

  • Mentoring
  • Funding advice
  • Training
  • Project planning
  • Information and guidance
  • Public consultation
  • Research
  • Consultancy


"People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going more quickly and easily, because they are travelling on the thrust of one another."

Devon Social Enterprise Network is for social and community enterprises; social entrepreneurs and community activists like you, based in the rural parishes, market and coastal towns of Devon. If you want to be part of a stronger united voice for social change – Join us now – It’s FREE!

Sign up to the Devon Social Enterprise Network here

Email us at info@devoncommunities.org.uk or call 01392 248919. 

  • Current funding opportunities
  • Peer support
  • Latest sector news
  • Invitation to our social media groups
  • Training opportunities
  • FREE networking events