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Embedding social value across its procurement processes
During our tour of ten UK cities, we uncovered an emerging approach to local economic development, one that is challenging the mainstream and which can be summed up in the following 10 steps.
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: