Social enterprise — stairway to heaven?

Today we have a guest article by our old colleague Simon Lee, who left Brum for the glamour and riches of London.

Simon has written a paper in which he argues that in a climate of continuing public spending cuts,  social enterprises will have to scale-up if they are to compete successfully with the private sector ‘big boys’ in in winning public service contracts.

But the evidence that the sector generally is capable of scaling up, he argues, is slim: recent RBS research, for example, suggests that around 85% of social enterprises have turnovers of less than £5m a year.

He advocates a strategy of mergers and acquisitions in the sector as an alternative means of achieving scale.

 You can read the paper in full here.

Thanks, Simon.

Birmingham UK. Freelance research, evaluation and policy consultant specialising in social enterprise and the third sector. I maintain the BSSEC blog and website

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