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Conference sparks bright ideas for entrepreneurs in Latvia
Conference sparks bright ideas for entrepreneurs in Latvia (17/03/2017)

A conference on social entrepreneurship has provided valuable insights in Latvia.

Tackling unemployment and helping society in Slovakia
Tackling unemployment and helping society in Slovakia (10/03/2017)

An ESF-funded project is using social entrepreneurship to reduce unemployment in Slovakia.

Making dolls and creating better futures in Sweden
Making dolls and creating better futures in Sweden (03/03/2017)

A social enterprise is using doll manufacturing as part of a wider initiative to help people to gain work experience in Sweden.

New skills, new opportunities for immigrants in Slovenia
New skills, new opportunities for immigrants in Slovenia (27/10/2016)

An ESF-funded programme brings together immigrant women to set up a business while improving their language skills.

Two ESF projects win annual RegioStars award
Two ESF projects win annual RegioStars award (11/10/2016)

Initiatives to support to the social economy in Poland and to increase transparency of EU spending in Lithuania are recognised as innovative good practices

Santa’s unlikely helpers appear in France
Santa’s unlikely helpers appear in France (09/09/2016)

Unemployed and semi-employed people pitch in to repair toys for children in need, thanks to an ESF-funded project.

Microcredits for Slovenian social businesses
Microcredits for Slovenian social businesses (18/03/2016)

Loans to cover start-up costs for social enterprises to be covered by ESF funds.

Social business in Portugal
Social business in Portugal (29/01/2016)

A store in the Portuguese city of Santarém employs psychiatric patients, while tackling the stigma attached to mental illness.

Preparing migrants for employment
Preparing migrants for employment (22/01/2016)

A new ESF-funded project has been launched in the Swedish municipality of Umeå to give migrants with little or no schooling a helping hand in entering the workforce.

Social enterprise in Romania
Social enterprise in Romania (15/01/2016)

A new online platform has been launched to promote social enterprises in Romania.

Innovative food recycling restaurant to open in Finland
Innovative food recycling restaurant to open in Finland (07/01/2016)

An ESF-backed project ‘From Waste to Taste’ plans to open a restaurant and food recycling centre in Helsinki using leftover supermarket items.

Partners in Poland’s social economy
Partners in Poland’s social economy (18/12/2015)

Lower Silesia Voivodship is boosting the region’s ‘third sector’ with the help of ESF funding.

Fighting addiction and social exclusion with a cup of coffee
Fighting addiction and social exclusion with a cup of coffee (09/10/2015)

ALIAT, a Romanian NGO focused on addiction treatment and prevention, has opened “Café Therapy” – an alcohol-free and non-smoking coffee bar that employs people from disadvantage groups and sells products made in other social enterprises.

The ‘plus side’ of social businesses
The ‘plus side’ of social businesses (11/09/2015)

An innovative drop-in centre in Denmark goes one step further … it’s a growing social business in its own right.

Adoption of Spanish programme for social inclusion and social economy
Adoption of Spanish programme for social inclusion and social economy (12/08/2015)

1.1 billion euros to support social inclusion and social economy

Traditional craft to help foster social inclusion
Traditional craft to help foster social inclusion (17/04/2015)

A new ESF-backed project aims to promote the social inclusion of Roma in the Romanian commune of Vad in Cluj County with the help of the ancient craft of wicker making.

New employment opportunities in recycling
New employment opportunities in recycling (27/02/2015)

A recently initiated ESF project in Romania is tackling employment and environmental issues in one go.

Social enterprise to revive Coimbra’s traditional soap-making
Social enterprise to revive Coimbra’s traditional soap-making (19/02/2015)

A new ESF-funded project brings together the promotion of youth employment and traditional soap-making in Coimbra, Portugal.

Brixton prison bakery to expand
Brixton prison bakery to expand (09/01/2015)

The ESF-funded Bad Boys’ Bakery in Brixton Prison (London) may soon double its inmate workforce, the BBC reports.

Social seed capital
Social seed capital (25/07/2014)

In Portugal, an ESF project to combat unemployment helps create 50 micro-businesses

Sustainability on the menu
Sustainability on the menu (16/05/2014)

A city-farm and restaurant project in Flanders is putting its own home-grown produce on the menu

A helping hand in the Tyrol
A helping hand in the Tyrol (02/05/2014)

Social enterprises in the Tyrol region are building bridges into the labour market with ESF help

An inclusive cuisine
An inclusive cuisine (02/05/2014)

A restaurant in Brittany is helping immigrant women to integrate better

A recipe for Roma integration
A recipe for Roma integration (02/05/2014)

With ESF support the first Roma restaurant opens in Slovenia

Not less able
Not less able (27/09/2013)

With ESF help, a Slovenian social enterprise is placing qualified disabled people in higher-quality jobs

Interest in social enterprise
Interest in social enterprise (09/07/2013)

Social entrepreneurship on the increase in Sweden

Socially enterprising
Socially enterprising (03/07/2013)

In Belgium, a successful employment association is helping job-seekers in difficult times

Taking the car to work
Taking the car to work (12/06/2013)

A social enterprise for disabled job-seekers wins award for excellence

A social enterprise on the up
A social enterprise on the up (28/05/2013)

In Flanders, the ESF is helping an employment-related social enterprise re-engineer for fast growth

Jobs on the menu
Jobs on the menu (16/05/2013)

In the past years, ESF support has helped finance over 1400 projects to improve employment and social needs in the Alsace region

Catering for new skills
Catering for new skills (29/04/2013)

A pay-what-you-want café provides training for people looking for a job in catering

Social Investment for growth and cohesion
Social Investment for growth and cohesion (20/02/2013)

The Commission has called on Member States to prioritise social investment and to modernise their welfare states. This means better performing active inclusion strategies and a more efficient and more effective use of social budgets.

Bank loans for social enterprises
Bank loans for social enterprises (31/01/2013)

ESF supports bank lending for social enterprises in Poland

Women in social enterprise
Women in social enterprise (25/10/2012)

In the Midi-Pyrénées region in France, the ESF is helping young women entrepreneurs to join the social economy

Building social success
Building social success (07/09/2012)

In Slovenia, the ESF is supporting social businesses with start-up funding