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Social Enterprises

Volume 447: debated on Thursday 15 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many social enterprise advisers there are in (a) Luton and (b) Bedfordshire. (76724)

Research has identified that a range of organisations are taking a leading role in providing support to social enterprises in Bedfordshire and Luton, although it has not been possible to identify exact numbers of specific social enterprise advisors. The organisations identified include:

Chamber of Commerce/Business Link

Voluntary Action Luton

Luton Borough Council

Cranfield Trust

Luton and Dunstable Innovation Centre

Social Firms Eastern Region

University of Luton

Spires Innovation Centre.

The East of England Development Agency’s (EEDA) Investing in Communities (IiC) programme and the Social Enterprise Steering Group in Bedfordshire and Luton have recently commissioned a report to review social enterprise activity in Bedfordshire and Luton, which in turn has informed the development of a social enterprise draft action plan.