A consortium of social enterprises aiming to hit 1,000 members this year has urged councils to help steer it.
The National Consortium of Social Enterprises – a joint initiative between third sector bodies 3SC, Social Firms UK and Social Enterprise UK – aims to increase opportunities for community-owned organisations.
Social Enterprise UK programme officer Nancy Towers said the consortium aimed to start targeting work for members in April.
She told LGC: “We would be keen to have contact with councils now to hear what they are looking for so we can develop to support them.
“We want to help social enterprises to grow, and winning more business is a key way of doing that.”
Towers said the consortium was getting close to 300 members after a series of regional roadshows before Christmas. It hopes this number will grow rapidly once members start bidding for and securing contracts – making it a key resource for councils.
“We will offer one point of contact and the benefit of all our members’ skills, experiences and relationships,” Towers said.
The Social Value Act 2013 requires councils to consider social, environmental and community benefits when appointing suppliers.