The NEES Project had 18 Associate Partners who were invited to participate in the Project and gave a written commitment to this effect. They were mainly private companies that work in the sector but also include housing associations and social enterprises. Associates agreed to contribute their expertise to the NEES Project. Six are based in different part of Ireland, two in Northern Ireland, two in Scotland, three in Sweden and three in Greenland. In addition to these, one is a Europe wide network of local authorities and social enterprises.