The minister for charities, volunteering and social enterprise loses his seat in the UK general election but a social enterprise stalwart is newly installed as a member of parliament in the north of England.
2016 was quite a year for civil society minister Rob Wilson. Following Brexit, a departmental move raised eyebrows and something called the Inclusive Economy Unit was established. We caught up with the minister to make sense of it all.
In an illuminating interview with Pioneers Post Quarterly, the UK's minister for civil society was zealous about social investment and social enterprises delivering public services. The Inclusive Economy Unit remains mysterious for now though.
Issue 7 of our magazine is out now. Read our exclusive interview with minister for civil society Rob Wilson, then find out how other social enterprise leaders feel about government's relationship with the sector. Plus: NatWest Social Business Award winners profiled.
"Let us... see if we can create a bigger, stronger society with compassion at its heart," minister for civil society Rob Wilson said at an event where the government talked up its efforts to include social enterprises in its supply chain.
At the Cabinet Office Social Investment Awards in London last night Bridges Ventures triumphed in two categories, whilst other winners included Social and Sustainable Capital, Social Investment Scotland and Ethex.