Fixing our economy with a new Business Plan for Britain

As part of our work in the Future Economy Alliance, today we brought together cross-party politicians and cross-sector business leaders in Parliament to discuss our new Business Plan for Britain, which sets out how the government can work in partnership with mission-led organisations to address huge social and environmental challenges.

This newly published report sets out the national policy changes that can empower mission-led business to create a stronger, fairer, greener economy. From reforming the way we do business to putting power in the hands of local communities, and transforming public services to creating a people-powered green transition, the Plan presents a host of policy recommendations that can fix our broken economy.

An estimated four million of us work in social enterprise and other mission-led organisations; we’re living proof that business can be a force for good, and we need those in power to unleash our full potential. In an election year, we’re calling on our next government to recognise the importance of working for a purpose beyond profit and make our mission-led approach the national norm.

Our chief executive Peter Holbrook CBE said: “Social Enterprise UK research provides a hefty evidence base for the impact of business with a purpose beyond profit – and in the face of so many complex challenges, we need this mission-led approach more than ever. The next government must seize the opportunity to unlock the potential for better business and fix our economy with bold reform that will deliver for generations to come.”

It was heartening to see influential people taking an interest in our sector at the House of Lords event today – including cross-party MPs, national journalists and economic think-tanks – but publishing this report is just the start. We’re determined to make this a priority for the General Election and beyond.

This month we’re also crowdfunding to create a stunt that will cut through the political noise with our bold message of change and hope. To build an economy that really works for our society, we need support from across that society. Will you help us?

Please get involved with our campaign – donate if you can, use the toolkit to share it, and join the mailing list to find out about events or actions in future.