Lord Mandelson and Liam Byrne to host Social Enterprise Summit

Social enterprises 'will shape post-recession Britain', says Cabinet Office minister

Key figures from the social enterprise sector will join senior government officials at a ‘summit' in London next month to examine the role of social enterprise in the recession.

The Social Enterprise Summit, co-hosted by Cabinet Office minister Liam Byrne and business secretary Lord Mandelson on 12 May, will be attended by social entrepreneurs, policymakers and regional development agency leaders.

Workshops will cover the role of social enterprise in the recession and beyond.

"We'll explore ways for social enterprises to play a greater role in fighting the downturn, rebalancing our economy and society and shaping post-recession Britain," said Byrne.

Participation in the summit and workshops is by invitation only, but the Social Enterprise Coalition will be holding regional workshops and an online forum before the summit.

"This is a great opportunity to build our relationship with Lord Mandelson and the Office of the Third Sector," said George Leahy, director of research and policy at the Social Enterprise Coalition. "It shows Lord Mandelson sees social enterprise as a key and important player in the economy and the future."

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