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‘In crowd’ names revealed as Hurd makes first social enterprise visit

21 May 2010
Civil society minister Nick Hurd

Civil society minister Nick Hurd chats to local people during a visit to Church Street neighbourhood centre

Nick Hurd made his first ministerial visit to a social enterprise yesterday, as the list of who did – and didn’t – get invited to this week’s Big Society meeting at number 10 was revealed.

Hurd visited community empowering enterprise Paddington Development Trust to see its impact on the local community. He said it was a ‘great example’ of how a social enterprise can make a difference to its community.

The visit comes days after Prime Minister David Cameron and deputy Nick Clegg, along with Hurd, held a meeting with third sector leaders, which failed to invite some of the biggest names in social enterprise.

Cross party peer and social enterprise ambassador Lord Victor Adebowale, CEO of Turning Point, was at the meeting and said the Prime Minister mentioned social enterprise and emphasised the role of communities.

'The the discussion focused on issues of scalability, barriers and giving control to communities to change things,' he told Social Enterprise. 'There's lots to work with and enough room to re-create a social enterprise vision.'

Geoff Mulgan, director of the Young Foundation and former director of strategy to Tony Blair, new peer and Big Society special advisor Nat Wei of the Shaftesbury Partnership, David Robinson, founder of Community Links and Adele Blakebrough, co-founder of CAN, were also in attendance, according to a list on Rob Greenland's Social Business blog.

However, the Social Enterprise Coalition has confirmed it was not invited to the meeting. Nor were organisations such as Acevo and NCVO present.

Paddington Development Trust runs four neighbourhood hubs in the area, bringing together service providers like the council and NHS to work out solutions to local problems, and runs a youth training centre.

During the visit, Hurd met with Jackie Rosenberg, deputy CEO of the trust, and Steve Wyler, director of the Development Trusts Association, before meeting with local residents at a workshop about setting up an enterprise.

‘The Paddington Development Trust is a great example of how a social enterprise can make a real difference to a community. The support, advice and services they provide are making a huge difference to people in their area,’ Hurd said.

‘As we announced earlier this week we have entered a new era of people power at the centre of the new Government and it’s really exciting to see an organisation where this is already happening. Our Big Society agenda is all about empowering local people and communities to bring about the changes they know their community needs. By putting the power back in the hands of people we will enable them to come together and work together to makes things happen.’

Rosenberg said: ‘We work in some very deprived neighbourhoods where people need support to play their part in the Big Society. In effect, we make the Big Society bigger by making it a reality in challenging areas.’

Hurd also toured the Church Street neighbourhood centre, where he met with the trust's neighbourhood team and local residents who are delivering a range of neighbourhood improvements, including employment skills and attracting new businesses to the street market.

The full list of those attending the Big Society meeting at number 10 is believed to be as follows:

PM David Cameron

Deputy PM Nick Clegg

Big Society advisor Nat Wei

Francis Maude - minister for the Cabinet Office

Nick Hurd - minister for civil society

Neil Jameson - Citizens UK

Will Perrin - Kings Cross Environment, Talk About Local, blogger

Martha Lane Fox - lastminute.com and digital inclusion campaigner

Camila Batmanghelidjh - Kids Company

Geoff Mulgan - Young Foundation

Dawn Austwick - Esmee Fairbairn Foundation

Ally Tibbett - Greener Leith

Rob Owen - St Giles Trust

Paul Twivy - Pilotlight, Timebank and Big Society advisor

David Robinson - Community Links

Lord Victor Adebowale - Turning Point

Adele Blakebrough - CAN Breakthrough

Dick Atkinson - Balsall Heath Forum

Hilary Cottam - Participate

Ray Mallon - mayor of Middlesborough

Rolande Anderson - director general of what was formally known as the Office of the Third Sector

Stephen Howard - Business in the Community

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