Suppporting social enterprises will only go so far without ensuring access to finance and to markets. While many policymakers fail to connect the demand and supply sides, Abu Dhabi's “ecosystem approach” is showing how it can be done.
Social innovators were celebrated and corporates committed to work with social enterprises – but as the rich and powerful gathered in Davos, Oxfam shared a dark picture of rising inequality and called for a wealth tax.
Second edition of European Social Enterprise Monitor flags that partnerships for social procurement between social enterprises and conventional corporations present “large opportunity for the transformation of the sector”.
Health and social care contracts present the biggest growth potential for social enterprises and voluntary sector organisations, finds independent analysis, but they’re held back by a digital skills gap and overcomplicated processes.
E3M was created in 2012 to support UK social enterprises that deliver public services. A decade on, commissioning has improved – but culture and attitudes to risk still block progressive public procurement.