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Embedding social value across its procurement processes
Belfast’s economy is too dependent on a large public sector. Can a loosening of government control stimulate greater partnership working across the city?
There is the opportunity of grassroots entrepreneurs, reaching across the community divisions, and beginning to make things happen – in a way that smaller nations can sometimes make possible.
It’s an exciting time for me and those like me who know that social enterprise is an essential part of the rebuilding of our economy.
‘Re-balancing the economy’ could mean so much more and the social economy sector can play a substantial role in it.
We can’t afford to do regeneration badly but we continually seem to do so. All the initiatives happening in our area are happening in a haphazard, unstructured way with token community engagement.
Belfast has a rich history of social action and some of today’s social enterprise organisations date back to the early 1900s. Here are ten of the city’s best ideas for social change:
It aimed to develop the area as a model of urban regeneration which can be replicated across the north and internationally – using a dynamic minority language community as a catalyst to improve the lives of those most in need.