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Jonathan Coburn - THINK! Consult


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Jonathan Coburn - THINK! Consult

  1. 1. Some Observations on Social Enterprise and Ireland’s National Recovery Jonathan Coburn Director, Think! Research for Social Change
  2. 2. Scotland: Opening up to Social Enterprise <ul><li>Strong cross-party support for social enterprise </li></ul><ul><li>A strong collective voice from the social enterprise sector </li></ul><ul><li>A comprehensive social enterprise strategy </li></ul><ul><li>Some cutting edge programmes of support to the sector </li></ul><ul><li>An infrastructure of specialist support now in place </li></ul><ul><li>... and backed by investment! </li></ul>
  3. 3. … But a bleak picture for the UK and Ireland?
  4. 4. Social Enterprise: A New Horizon? <ul><li>A change is brewing; a change for the better </li></ul><ul><li>Social enterprise emerging from many routes </li></ul><ul><li>A business model proving reasonably resilient </li></ul><ul><li>Impacting across the economy; a basis for sustained growth </li></ul><ul><li>Driving public sector transformation </li></ul><ul><li>… and for Ireland? </li></ul>
  5. 5. Putting Social Enterprise on the Map <ul><li>Develop a shared language around social enterprise </li></ul><ul><li>If it’s good then put a ‘badge’ on it and tell the world </li></ul><ul><li>Recognise your achievements and showcase existing activity </li></ul><ul><li>Reach out to your budding social entrepreneurs </li></ul><ul><li>Take action in your Schools, Colleges, and Universities </li></ul>
  6. 6. Creating Jobs Through Social Enterprise <ul><li>View social enterprise as a stepping stone back into work </li></ul><ul><li>Create a ‘Future Jobs Fund’ to address youth unemployment </li></ul><ul><li>Promote Social Firms as a job creation model </li></ul><ul><li>Build SE into your national Employment Service </li></ul>
  7. 7. Opening Up Public Procurement <ul><li>Develop a National Third Sector Commissioning Programme </li></ul><ul><li>Use your national public contracts portal better </li></ul><ul><li>Support social enterprises to become ‘Ready for Business’ </li></ul><ul><li>Make full use of Community Benefits Clauses </li></ul><ul><li>Support Co-production through Public Social Partnerships </li></ul>
  8. 8. Supporting State Transformation <ul><li>Establish Public Sector Centres of Expertise and Champions </li></ul><ul><li>Establish Right to Request/ Challenge legislation </li></ul><ul><li>Create a Public Service Innovation Fund </li></ul><ul><li>Place State infrastructure into social enterprise hands </li></ul><ul><li>Create supply chain opps from infrastructure investment </li></ul>
  9. 9. Transferring Assets to Social Enterprise <ul><li>Develop a body of asset transfer knowledge and tools </li></ul><ul><li>Establish ‘Community Right to Buy’ legislation </li></ul><ul><li>Promote the use asset transfer frameworks by public bodies </li></ul><ul><li>Support catalytic sectoral intermediaries e.g. land, energy </li></ul>
  10. 10. Investing Strategically in the Sector <ul><li>Continue to develop flexible financing options </li></ul><ul><li>Tackle the cultural aversion to risk and debt </li></ul><ul><li>Loosen the regulatory framework for Credit Unions </li></ul><ul><li>Trial Social Impact Bonds to invest in prevention </li></ul>
  11. 11. Supporting Social Business Growth <ul><li>Enable social enterprises to access mainstream support </li></ul><ul><li>Equip business advisors to support social enterprises </li></ul><ul><li>Integrate training, finance and business advice measures </li></ul><ul><li>Develop a tailored national support programme to fill gaps </li></ul><ul><li>Recognise rural social enterprise as requiring distinct support </li></ul>
  12. 12. Providing a Coherent Voice <ul><li>Develop a Social Enterprise ‘Coalition’ for Ireland </li></ul><ul><li>Support the development of local social enterprise networks </li></ul><ul><li>Play your part globally via the Social Enterprise World Forum </li></ul>
  13. 13. Developing the Evidence Base <ul><li>Baseline evidence to fully understand needs/aspirations </li></ul><ul><li>National performance indicators to track change </li></ul><ul><li>Use the right tools to measure social impact </li></ul>
  14. 14. Social Enterprise: Still On Your Horizon? Gather the evidence + Tell the story + Speak with one voice + Garner political support + Together build your strategy
  15. 15. Thank you! Jonathan Coburn Director, Think! Research for Social Change Web: Tel: +44 141 352 7419