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Enterprise, Employment, Empowerment

Social Firms Wales is the National Support Agency for Social Firm Development. It works alongside Social Firms UK. It is committed to the creation of employment opportunities for disadvantaged people through the development and support of Social Firms in Wales.

What is a Social Firm?

A Social Firm is a business committed to creating employment and training opportunities for people who are furthest from the labour market. It is one form of Social Enterprise, and subscribes to the three values of Enterprise, Employment and Empowerment.

Combining commercial orientation with a social mission, Social Firms offer a supportive work place for people who are traditionally discriminated against in terms of gaining employment, such as disabled people, people with mental health problems, ex-offenders or people recovering from substance misuse.

They are not segregated workplaces - Ideally, around 25-50% of the workforce will have some recognised disability or disadvantage, but it will be an environment of mixed ability, reflective of the society we live in. They are also real commercial businesses, aiming to generate at least 50% of their income through trading, with as little possible dependency on government or grant subsidy.

A Social Firm should aim to empower individuals to be the best they can - to command equal pay, equal right and to progress and improve themselves, whatever their background.