Celia Richardson rounds up the biggest social enterprise news, including a smart social move by the Church of England

Plus: A social enterprise champion in Westminster and a supply chain challenge

God's bankers have gone postal: the Church of England is continuing its strategy of using its assets to build the social economy by opening the first main-branch post office in a church, St James' in Hampstead, north London. Big charities and the Treasury take note – raiding and leveraging assets for social benefit is where the smart money is if the UK wants a healthy, growing civil society.

Jo Swinson, women and equalities minister, is rapidly becoming a social enterprise champion. When her baby made political history by passing through the Commons voting lobby with her husband, fellow Lib Dem MP Duncan Hames, Swinson was a few feet away, meeting social enterprise leaders. She later announced her "history baby" would attend a social enterprise nursery run by the London Early Years Foundation in Portcullis House, Westminster. Swinson has now written to all MPs, asking them to support Social Saturday, intended to raise awareness of high-street social enterprises on 13 September.

Speaking of Social Saturday, an advertising campaign is in the pipeline. Charities and social enterprises are being asked by Social Enterprise UK and the Cabinet Office to step up to the challenge by getting one new social enterprise into their supply chain by that day. So let's put our supply chains where our mouths are and buy social.

Celia Richardson is director of communications and policy at Social Enterprise UK

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