Peter Holbrook: I took to a skateboard to launch Social Saturday 2015

Plus: State of Social Enterprise report, Sustainable Development Goals and the future of the BBC and Channel 4

Peter Holbrook
Peter Holbrook

It's a long while since I've been on a skateboard, but that's precisely what I did for the launch of Social Saturday 2015. Rob Wilson, the charities minister, joined us too. My kick flip was, apparently, really quite sick. Social Saturday is taking place on 10 October and there will be more than 50 events across the country to demonstrate the power of social enterprise and social investment. The Social Saturday website has details about how to get involved (

The latest State of Social Enterprise report is out. Social enterprise continues to outperform mainstream small and medium-sized enterprises, despite fears that the sector's growth might slow. In fact, more than half of social enterprises have grown their turnover. Forty per cent are run by women, compared with 19 per cent of SMEs. Now that is sick.

SEUK and the British Council, in partnership with the World Bank, have produced a report on the crucial role of business in supporting the delivery of the Sustainable Development Goals. The Think Global, Trade Social report plants the social enterprise flag firmly on the turf of the international development and environmental movements.

The future of the BBC and Channel 4 might be up for grabs. The Conservative manifesto included a commitment to the "right to mutualise", so shouldn't a mutual model be explored for both? They'd be safer if the public owned them and they were locked in perpetuity for the common good.

Peter Holbrook is chief executive of Social Enterprise UK

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