The ‘socially enterprising railway toolkit’, developed by Community Rail Network in conjunction with CrossCountry and the Small Firms Enterprise Development Initiative (SFEDI), is aimed at groups looking to develop social enterprise projects within a railway environment. It outlines the concept of social enterprise within community rail, as well as providing guidance in areas such as business planning, engaging partners, marketing and finance. Within the toolkit you will find examples and case studies, ideas for future development, and advice on how to get ideas off the ground, working with the rail industry.


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SFEDI and Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs checklist resources

Seven pdf resources are available for download, which provide a checklist of aims and activities to assist in your business planning.


Business development

Look at all aspects of your business idea, from planning to exit strategies Download


Enterprise Essentials

Find out how to win and keep customers, and build relationships to build your business Download



Get to grips with the money side of your business idea Download



Be across health & safety, VAT and risk assessments Download



Recruitment, settling disputes and getting the best from your staff Download


Winning business

Planning how to best sell your products and services Download



Improve your personal business skills Download