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article imageOp-Ed: Are social enterprises the way forward?

By Alexander Baron     Jul 27, 2013 in Business
Alston - What is a social enterprise? Some people think it is the way forward in this era of manufactured austerity, including the town of Alston.
And that means if not the whole town, then a substantial part of it. Earlier this month, the BBC visited Alston in Cumbria which has a population of less than twelve hundred and no fewer than nineteen social enterprises.
Are Social Enterprises the way forward? Sue Gilbertson of Cybermoor told the BBC they most definitely are, and that the concept had made this small community more resilient to the ongoing cuts.
According to Peter Holbrook in the same programme, there are now 70,000 social enterprises in the UK.
There is a dedicated social enterprise organisation in the UK called precisely that: Social Enterprise UK. Social enterprises are a worldwide phenomenon, in fact South Korea has even instituted legislation to facilitate their expansion.
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