Social enterprises employ more than a million

Almost 1.3 million people, or 3.4 per cent of the working population, are employed in social enterprise, according to a five-year survey of social entrepreneurship in the UK.

The research, carried out by Delta Economics, also found that women and people from black, Asian and minority ethnic communities are more likely to be social entrepreneurs than men or people from the white community.

"Under-represented groups in enterprise, such as women and Bame communities, are more likely to be social entrepreneurs and be innovative in tackling the needs they see in front of them on a daily basis," said Rebecca Harding, managing director of Delta Economics, who led the survey.

The findings were released today at a Bame conference in London hosted by the Social Enterprise Coalition.

"What is obvious from this interesting research is that social enterprise is a concept that resonates and flourishes across all communities," said Phil Hope, Minister for the Third Sector.

Jonathan Bland, chief executive of the Social Enterprise Coalition, added: "This data re-affirms that social enterprise is a sustainable business model essential not only for positive social change, but for the UK's economy."

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