Jean Jarvis is CEO of The Furniture Scheme and MD of Fuse Enterprise CIC. She is chair and director of Partners for Social Enterprise, the strategic body for social enterprise in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin and has represented the sector on the European Structural Investment Fund committee. She has an important national profile, having acted as a Social Enterprise Ambassador; worked with the Ministry of Justice; and was honoured with an MBE for services to social enterprise in 2011.
Social enterprises often work in isolation - but working with others can have its advantages. Jean Jarvis describes the benefits of matching her social enterprise with a housing group for the past four years.