'Time is ripe' for social enterprise

Forty-two per cent of people believe the values behind social enterprise will be more important to business during a recession, a poll commissioned by the Social Enterprise Coalition has found.

The survey, carried out by online polling company YouGov and released to tie in with Social Enterprise Week, asked almost 2,000 people whether they thought the social and environmental values of business were more important since the credit crunch began.

Thirteen per cent of respondents said they thought the values were less important. A further 42 per cent said they wanted to see more social enterprises in the UK.

"These results really make it clear that the time is ripe for a business revolution," said Jonathan Bland, chief executive of the Social Enterprise Coalition.

"Social enterprise is about using business to find practical and sustainable solutions to some of the toughest challenges facing us today, and social enterprises are going to be more essential than ever in today's economy."

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