Social enterprise update: Peter Holbrook on the Social Economy Alliance's election charter

Plus: a Cabinet Office campaign to attract social enterprise and a new service to track social enterprise spend by local authorities

Peter Holbrook
Peter Holbrook

In 2010, SEUK launched its election charter with great expectations. It was the result of years of work by our members, and it set a template for the social economy that was to follow. An early advocate was the Conservative prospective parliamentary candidate Chris White. That simple gesture and White's subsequent election resulted in an enduring relationship that led to the social value act. So with an eye firmly focused on the election to come, the Social Economy Alliance has launched its 2015 election charter campaign. You can contact candidates directly from the alliance's website, asking them to support the UK's dynamic social economy. It takes less than a minute and you can even auto-tweet to your network, if that's your thing. From small acorns grow social value acts.

I'm delighted to see the Cabinet Office and UK Trade & Investment are recognising the importance of the social economy. They've just launched a campaign to promote the UK as the number one destination for social enterprise and investment. They've done a good job.

We've teamed up with the Cabinet Office to offer people the opportunity to track all spend on social enterprises by local authorities and central government: this can be analysed using a new dashboard on the SEUK website. It will create greater accountability around social enterprise spending among public bodies. We're excited about the opportunities that this level of transparency will open up, and we hope it will be a game-changer for social enterprise procurement.

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