Tell Prime Minister Boris Johnson it is #TimeToMove social enterprises to BEIS
We need more social enterprises to tackle the climate emergency, putting planet before profit. We need more social enterprises to spread wealth and opportunity more fairly across our divided country. We need more social enterprises to innovate and grow our economy, particularly outside of London.
To do this we need a supportive environment from government. This means more investment in social enterprises, reforms to our tax system to back our businesses and fairer regulation.
This is not likely to take place from within our current “home” the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, which lacks power and influence over the big decisions taking place across government. We need a department with more political clout and more financial muscle.
This might sound like a boring technical issue, but where social enterprises are located within government does make a difference. It is no surprise that as social enterprise has moved further away from the centre of government, there has been less support for the sector.
The obvious home for social enterprise is the Department for Business.
Social enterprises are businesses. They deserve to be treated with the same respect as any other form of business. If all other forms of business can be represented by the Department for Business, why can’t social enterprises?
Social enterprises are also more representative of our country, with twice as many women and BAME CEOs compared to traditional SMEs. Not putting social enterprise in the Department for Business is holding back our sector’s potential and sending out the wrong message to society.
The ultimate decision maker about where social enterprises sits within government is the Prime Minister.
He decides the Ministers. He decides what Departments they sit in. He decides what responsibilities they have.
We need to tell the PM it is #TimeToMove social enterprise to where it belongs: The Department for Business.