Posted by: bevmeldrum | January 10, 2008

2008 – A Great Year For Social Enterprise

2008-balloons.jpgThis year has already been a great year for social enterprise and we are only 10 days in! The New Year’s Honours List awarded two social entrepreneurs with an OBE – Margaret Elliott of Sunderland Home Care Associates, for services to the community and Kate Welch of the Acumen Development Trust for services to social enterprise in the North East.

At the end of 2007 the Editor of Startups website, a resource for those wanted to get their own enterprise going wrote in one of his blog posts that:

“Social enterprise is the future. It’s where the next generation of great UK businesses and entrepreneurs will come from.

Let me be even clearer: social enterprises will shape the way we buy, sell, do business; most probably influence how we socialise; how we travel and where socialise. Already the 55,000 UK social enterprises turnover £27bn and employ 500,000, but this is just the beginning.”

Just another example of the buzz amongst the mainstream business community in regards to social enterprise. You can read the full article by clicking here.

I, for one, am excited about what may happen in 2008 in the world of social enterprise. It was such a good year last year, and this coming year is so full of potential.

What I hope for this year is that we take another step toward social enterprise becoming so normal that any other approach to business just seems so outdated.

Ian Gill, a former environment correspondent and creator of Ecotrust in Canada, speaking at the Social Entrerpreurship Summit in Canada at the end of last year put is so well when he said:

“I look forward to the day when there is no such term as social entrepreneur because there is nothing unique about an entrepreneur with an investment that has a social return … in time, I think this will be obvious and second nature.”

You can read more about that summit at the Canadian Social Economy Hub website.


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