CIC Association

Serving Community Enterprise

Can mergers and acquisitions really add value and drive social impact?

There is unprecedented demand and opportunity for the social enterprise to massively scale up, yet until now appetite for inorganic routes to growth, like mergers, acquisitions (M&As), franchising or joint ventures, has been has been minimal. Is this because social enterprise is still growing as a business sector or are there more significant reasons? Can social enterprise achieve the social impact expected from across the political spectrum, particularly around public sector services without considering these routes?

The social investment initiative Breakthrough is seeking opinion and experience from social enterprise leaders in a nationwide survey. Do M&As and joint ventures really add value in the sector and how do they differ from those in private business?

We would really appreciate your insight and experience and have designed a short questionnaire on your experience and thoughts of M&As and joint ventures. Findings from the survey will be published in mid-November and on the new Breakthrough site

There are just 15 questions which should take no more than 10 minutes to complete and the survey will be open until Monday 26th October.

Take the survey -

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