I’ve just come across this Inside Housing article which highlights a number of housing associations actively involved in social enterprise, including Staffordshire-based Aspire’s PM Training and Indigo Training Solutions.
I’m also aware of others, for example having worked alongside Sarah at iSE to help Midland Heart set up the Frost and Snow cupcake bakery (very tasty cakes!).
It also links with the recent ResPublica ‘thinkpiece‘ arguing that housing associations should have more active involvement in their local communities.
For me, it’s a sign that awareness of social enterprise is growing and increasingly crossing boundaries, and making new connections. Am I being too optimistic?