BME social enterprises need more support from government, says Voice4Change

Report sets out five goals

Voice4Change England has called on the Government to provide more support for BME social enterprises.

The national body, which supports the black and minority ethnic third sector organisations, has launched a position paper that outlines the barriers facing BME social enterprises.

These include a lack of visibility, support, engagement in policymaking and funding for emerging and existing BME social enterprises, the paper says. There is also limited data on the sector, it says.

Five goals for policymakers, the BME and the wider social enterprise sector outlined in the paper include ensuring BME social enterprises gain better access to information and support.

Vandna Gohil, director of Voice4Change England, said BME social enterprises reached people other organisations did not.

"The social enterprise sector has received significant attention and resource allocation from the Government, but we are concerned that BME social enterprises are missing out on this support," she said.

A spokesman for the Office of the Third Sector said the Government recognised there was a shortage of leaders from BME communities and was supporting a BME social enterprise fellow on the Clore Social Leadership Programme.

He added that the Government had funded the Social Enterprise Coalition to develop a strategy to support and engage the BME social enterprise sector, and provided strategic funding for Voice4Change and the Council of Ethnic Minority Voluntary Sector Organisations.

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