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How COVID-19 has Affected Operations & Funding Relating to Social Enterprises in Birmingham

Version 1 : Received: 13 October 2021 / Approved: 14 October 2021 / Online: 14 October 2021 (10:57:43 CEST)

How to cite: Sakib, S.M.N. How COVID-19 has Affected Operations & Funding Relating to Social Enterprises in Birmingham. Preprints 2021, 2021100215 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202110.0215.v1). Sakib, S.M.N. How COVID-19 has Affected Operations & Funding Relating to Social Enterprises in Birmingham. Preprints 2021, 2021100215 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202110.0215.v1).

Abstract

Social enterprises are very common in Birmingham having the largest concentrations of social enterprises in the United Kingdom. With the emergence of the Covid-19 pandemic, the operations and management of social enterprises in Birmingham has been greatly affected. This study seeks to analyse the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the operations and funding of social enterprises in Birmingham UK. In order to achieve this, the study is going to carry out a qualitative methodology in order to analyse the impact Covid-19 has had on social enterprises. The research is going to select relevant stakeholders through a non-purposive sampling criteria identifying individuals who have direct interest in the functioning of social enterprises. The relevant stakeholders will be expected to respond to semi structured interviews that are structured to evoke responses relevant to this area of research. The research realized that Social enterprises in Birmingham are a critical player in the economy of UK with many individuals depending on the social enterprise industry. In addition to that, the study realised that the Covid-19 pandemic exposed social enterprises to various financial and market risks. Moreover, social enterprises were forced to make a change in their organizational structure through cost management changes and offering alternative services. However, the government came in support through provision of grants and funding to boost the social enterprise economy.

Keywords

Corona; Covid-19; Pandemic; Business; Affected business; Social; Operations; Funding

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