Peter Holbrook: It's a vital year for the whole world

Plus: State of Social Enterprise report to be published and a conference on housing

Peter Holbrook
Peter Holbrook

Globally, 2015 is a big year for international development as the Millennium Development Goals come to an end and UN leaders gather in Paris at the end of the year to thrash out a deal on climate change. As we evaluate the progress made and the obstacles still to overcome, the international development community is waking up to the idea that social enterprise can be used as a tool to tackle the biggest challenges facing sustainable, meaningful development: inequality and climate change. SEUK and the British Council have written a paper, due to be launched in September, called Think Global, Trade Social, which looks at how social enterprises can help to create equitable and sustainable development. Look out for it.

We're launching our State of Social Enterprise report on 15 September. This biennial publication is the largest source of knowledge about social enterprises in the UK and will look at the trends affecting the sector, including who social enterprises trade with, their rate of growth and who is leading them. The report will show a sector that is expanding, entering new markets and transforming more lives.

Lastly, it's not news to most people that the UK is in a housing crisis. Solving this requires more than just promises to build more houses. SEUK, with the National Housing Federation, is putting on the Social Enterprise, Work and Wellbeing Conference in Birmingham on 24 September, which will examine how social enterprise can be used as a vehicle to improve lives and build communities.

Peter Holbrook is chief executive of Social Enterprise UK

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