Letter underlines Mayor's support for social enterprise

The Greater London Authority has reiterated the Mayor of London's support for social enterprise in a letter to the sector support body Social Enterprise London.

The correspondence, which sets out the London Development Agency's commitment to supporting the London social enterprise network, reads: "The Mayor has committed the GLA group, including the LDA, to work across a range of fronts to support London's social enterprises."

Praising social enterprise as a movement that combines "conventional entrepreneurial drive with the culture of public service", the letter adds that the enterprise network will be a key route to reaching social enterprises and ensuring they are able to access the capital's business support services.

Social Enterprise London
said Boris Johnson's support was key at a time when London's social enterprises were vying to compete for public contracts, such as those for London 2012. Allison Ogden-Newton, chief executive of SEL, said: "There is still a lot of work to do to ensure everyone understands what social enterprises can contribute and the impact their participation will have on supporting London's most disadvantaged citizens.

"The Mayor's support is crucial in enabling social enterprises to get that message out and achieve their outstanding social, environmental and economic goals."

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