Social Enterprise Supports

Southside Partnership DLR specialises in providing support to the founders / owners of pre-start-up and early start up social enterprises, while also working with developing and established organisations.

There are a wide range of social enterprises in Ireland and many organisations in Dún Laoghaire Rathdown already operate under this model in sectors including transport, media, sports / recreation and the arts to name just a few.


  • to raise awareness and encourage local community leaders and private individuals to explore setting up a social enterprise
  • to support the development and growth of a social enterprise culture in Dún Laoghaire Rathdown


A Social Enterprise is an enterprise whose objective is to achieve a social, societal or environmental impact, rather than maximising profit for its owners of shareholders. It pursues its objectives by trading on an ongoing basis through the provision of goods and/or services, and by reinvesting surpluses into achieving social objectives. It is governed in a fully accountable and transparent manner and is independent of the public sector. If dissolved, it should transfer its assets to another organisation with a similar mission.


We provide business and practical skills support, while also developing owner confidence and personal skills. We do this through:

  • Mentoring
  • Training (workshops + short training programmes)
  • Information
  • Networking opportunities
  • Referrals to additional services

Our staff have over 20 years experience working in the non profit sector and, specifically, supporting social enterprises and charities with a trading aspect to their work. Contact us with any questions, and for more information about how we can help you 

If you are interested in finding out more about Social Enterprise

Helena O'Neill

Social Enterprise Development


Phone: 01 70 60 100 / 087 672 8670  

Social Enterprises
in DLR

Social Enterprises
in DLR

Useful links & resources
for social enterprises

Useful links & resources
for social enterprises

SEED (Social Enterprise Expansion & Development) Project

A collaboration between SSP and Bray Area Partnership, the SEED Project supported 34 social enterprises and social entrepreneurs. We ran 17 workshops, provided 190 hours of mentoring, created DLR’s first social enterprise network, and produced 10 promotional videos for participants.

Funded by the Dormant Accounts Fund and supported by the Department of Rural and Community Development, the SEED Project ran during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic and helped to build a vibrant social enterprise community of extraordinary organisations and individuals.