The number of social enterprise start-ups has plummeted in Doncaster in the economic gloom, according to the town’s leading voluntary organisation.
Doncaster Community Voluntary Services (CVS) says the recession and financial pressures have contributed to a decline in the number of not-for-profit groups and businesses being created in the borough.
Janet Gillott of Doncaster CVS said: “There’s no doubt the current economic climate has impacted badly on the social enterprise sector.
“We’ve noted a drop in enquiries both from individuals and groups wanting to launch an enterprise.
“People are simply reluctant to take the plunge. In times of economic uncertainty we like to stick with what is familiar, particularly when it comes to jobs and business development – it’s the safest option.”
The organisation, which has delivered support to start-up and existing social enterprises since September 2005, has helped 125 start-ups create 215 full-time jobs in the last six years.
Now it is concentrating its efforts on helping existing groups - although staff are still working to help new set-ups get up and running.
Janet added: “The focus of our work over the last 12 months has been to deliver support for existing organisations. But during that time we have facilitated seven start-ups and helped create 18 jobs.”
In the first three months of this year, the CVS supported several local women looking to establish a commercial business, which resulted in a further seven new start-ups and a total of seven jobs.