2011 was a big year for social enterprise. It was the year when it became clear that the party really was over for us, too. That for all the coalition government’s warm words about social enterprise that warmth was not going to translate into cash – either in terms of direct funding for social enterprise support or in terms of interventions to tilt the public sector market in our favour.
One way or another, New Labour put a reasonable chunk of money into supporting and promoting social enterprise. That money may not always have been spent on the most useful things but there’s no doubt that it played a big role in building the profile of the sector over the last ten years. Now most of that money’s gone and what’s left will soon be gone too.
The effects of the wind-up of ...more