Social Enterprise mag has just covered the launch of the radical right think-tank ResPublica’s new report, The Venture Society. The report, part of an UnLtd project, calls for the ‘radicalisation’ of business support and the slashing of the bureaucracy associated with providing support.
The report calls for a new approach to supporting “grassroots social entrepreneurs”, including local ‘community labs’ — based on Danish and US models — offering basic support and advice, and a network of social enterprise hubs capable of offering the basic infrastructure, support and funding so that significantly greater numbers of new-start enterprises can come forward.
Launching the report UnLtd’s Cliff Prior said, “Right now we are in the position where it is easier for a teenager to start a youth gang than a youth club – we must turn that round…”
Watch this space. I for one would relish a struggle for the heart and mind of social enterprise business support.