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APPG Inquiry into the impact of COVID on social enterprises – published 1 March 2022

The role of the Inquiry was to investigate the impact of COVID on social enterprises and what lessons can be learned.

The UK’s 100,000 social enterprises experienced the pandemic in a unique way having to balance both increased demand from those people they support and pressure on their business. Many adapted their business models and pivoted to support their communities at a faster rate than their peers.

The inquiry identified four key themes during the course of its work. 

  1. Lack of understanding of social enterprise across HM Government
  2. The importance of place-based working and local delivery 
  3. The vital contribution of social enterprises to public services
  4. The substantial opportunity for social enterprises to contribute to the UK’s recovery and levelling up after the pandemic


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The Chair

Charles Courtenay, 19th Earl of Devon is an English hereditary peer and barrister. He is a crossbench member of the House of Lords, having been elected at a by-election in 2018.

Current APPG Officers and Members


Chair: Alex Sobel MP (Labour)

(Hon Sec): Baroness Glenys Thornton (Labour)

Lord Victor Adebowale (Crossbencher)

Lord John Bird (Crossbencher)

Charles Courtenay, 19th Earl of Devon (Crossbencher)

Baroness Liz Barker (LibDem)

Harriet Baldwin MP (Conservative)

John Howell OBE MP (Conservative)

Sir Peter Bottomley MP (Conservative)

Alex Davies-Jones MP (Labour)

APPG Enquiries 

To enquire about the APPG, please email or telephone 020 3589 4953.

Attendance to the APPG meetings is by invitation only, providing Social Enterprise UK members with a platform on which to meet with parliamentarians and influence debate.

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