An update from our CEO

Hope you’re enjoying the summer and that business is brisk. I’ve just taken a week off and read ’People, Power and Profits by Joseph Stiglitz, a Nobel prize- winning economist.  Its an extraordinary endorsement of our way of working, and a much-needed dose of hope and logic.  

Whilst away I was delighted to receive a letter from the Foreign Secretary and current Conservative leadership candidate, Jeremy Hunt. Getting political interest in anything other than Brexit has been astonishingly hard in recent years; The B word has been choking up our political and media bandwidth for more than 5 years.

Like you, my experience of politics has taught me to take political commitments with a large dose of salt. Warm words and supportive political rhetoric can be as frustratingly fruitless, yet I believe our collective efforts are working and we are mainstreaming ourselves in ways that some thought were impossible.

And his words are as encouraging as any we’ve heard from any government minister in years:

“Firstly, I wanted to thank you for the fantastic work you do promoting the sector. As you rightly point out, social enterprises are a key part of our economy and don’t often get the recognition they deserve. I would hope to change that if I became Prime Minister.

I will certainly take your policy recommendations into account. I was particularly struck by the idea of moving responsibility for the sector to the Department for Business. I will always be on the side of business, of whatever type, and so I can absolutely commit to meeting and championing members of your sector!”

Whatever happens in the leadership race, rest assured that we’re there representing you and flying the flag for social enterprise ensuring that we get the policy environment and political recognition that social enterprise and that you and your teams so richly deserve.

The state of the sector 2019 report launch, and our AGM will this year be combined into a single, rather magnificent event, held on October 8th. Keep the date free in your diaries.  The event will run from 4pm onwards in the stunning environment of Two Temple Place, London. See you then,  if not before.