Hope backs social enterprise partnerships in London

Phil Hope, the minister for the third sector, will speak to London local authorities about the advantages of working with social enterprises next month as part of a conference organised by Social Enterprise London.

The LA Connecting London conference, which is aimed at getting local authority officers involved in the commissioning process, will offer delegates the chance to visit one of four social enterprises during the day. Organisations taking part include the Abbey Centre, Westminster Children’s Society and the Paddington Development Trust.

“We know that social enterprises that deliver services add value by bringing about social and environmental outcomes,” said Sabina Khan, director of research at Social Enterprise London. “We want to facilitate new opportunities for social enterprises to contract with local authorities and bring added benefits to their local community.”

John O’Brien, chief executive of London Councils, which represents the capital’s local authorities, will also address the event, which takes place on 19 June and will be attended by representatives from all 33 London boroughs.

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