The social enterprise sector in Wales is extremely diverse, delivering a range of services and providing invaluable employment at the heart of some of the most deprived communities in the country.
Life in the Welsh valleys can be tough for entrepreneurs and the socially-minded alike. Inter-generational dependency on benefits, poor educational attainment and a lack of attractive job opportunities has created an air of desperation in many communities across South East Wales.
One aspect of social enterprise development, and almost certainly one of the most important, has proven to be achieving ‘the S word’ - sustainability.
The rise and fall of the Valleys - and the need for social enterprise development. Flash back to the mid-18th century, and the landscape of the South Wales valleys was extremely different.