Minister Humphreys Announces National Census on Social Enterprise in Ireland

Posted on 17 May 2022

Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys, has announced a new initiative designed to gather key information about social enterprise in Ireland.

The National Social Enterprise Census will gather important data about social enterprises in Ireland.

The initiative will help inform policy and the rollout of future supports in a move aimed at benefitting the Social Enterprise Sector.

Following a competitive tender process, the project is being delivered on behalf of the Department of Rural and Community Development by Amárach Research, in partnership with Social Enterprise Republic of Ireland (SERI) and the Irish Local Development Network (ILDN).

Social Enterprises are businesses for social good, creating jobs and generating impact in sectors such as the circular economy, social care, hospitality and retail.

This exercise will identify key data in aggregate form such as the total number of social enterprises in Ireland, their regional spread, the primary sectors they are active in, their staffing levels and traded income.

This will ensure the department is in a much better position to support the sector and develop social enterprise policy, with a strong and robust evidence base.

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