Peter Holbrook: The launch of the Social Enterprise World Forum was a big success

Plus: Gwynedd and the London Borough of Sutton become Social Enterprise Places

Peter Holbrook
Peter Holbrook

We saw two Prime Ministers in one day when a social economy delegation welcomed David Cameron and Matteo Renzi, his Italian counterpart, to the World Expo in Milan ahead of the Social Enterprise World Forum launch last month. The SEWF attracted delegates from 46 countries to debate and discuss what's hot and what's not in social enterprise and investment. Notable appearances were made by the Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus, founder of the Grameen Bank and microfinance pioneer, Humza Yousaf, the minister for external affairs and international development in the Scottish government, and some awesome young social enterprise leaders from all over the world.

Llongyfarchiadau - which is congratulations in Welsh - to Gwynedd, and a warm "well done" to the London Borough of Sutton. They join the growing number of towns, cities and counties to gain accreditation as Social Enterprise Places - areas where social enterprise activity is thriving. These communities are a beacon for strong cooperative working and pragmatic innovation in these very tough times. Thanks as ever to Santander bank for supporting the Places programme.

The Social Enterprise Awards 2015 have now closed for entries. We've had plenty of applications and the process of putting together a shortlist now begins. We're very excited by the diversity of the social enterprises that have submitted applications. The shortlist will be announced in early August.

Peter Holbrook is chief executive of Social Enterprise UK

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