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Social Enterprise

Volume 465: debated on Tuesday 23 October 2007

29. To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what steps the Government are taking to promote social enterprise. (159757)

The Government set out its approach to supporting social enterprise in the Social Enterprise Action Plan, published on 16 November 2006. This includes a commitment to work closely with the sector to foster a culture of social enterprise, helping more people to understand social enterprise and raising awareness among potential social entrepreneurs, customers, investors and support providers. Three key elements of this work are:

Developing a programme, run by the sector, to support 25 social enterprise ambassadors to use their personal stories to raise the profile of social enterprise.

Supporting the Make Your Mark: Change Lives campaign to encourage young people to use enterprising ideas for social or environmental change. This includes Social Enterprise Day on 15 November which will see events taking place across the country.

Sponsoring the annual enterprising solutions awards which celebrate the achievements of the best social enterprises.