Peter Holbrook, Chief Executive, Social Enterprise UK commenting on the appointment of Oliver Dowden as Secretary of State at DCMS

“Oliver is a Minister with a growing reputation for getting things done. We worked closely with him on promoting the social value agenda which saw a significant upturn during his time at the Cabinet Office. I hope that he can bring the same energy to DCMS and raise the profile of social enterprise.”

“To deliver the government’s agenda of levelling up the country, we need to encourage new forms of business which put place and people front and centre. There are 100,000 social enterprises employing 2m people ready and waiting to help, but they need government to support their development. Oliver has a huge opportunity in this brief to drive positive change for all our communities and I look forward to continuing our work together in his new role.”