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Irish Social Enterprise Report Launched

Today sees the launch of the first major report into Social Enterprise in Ireland. I was fortunate to be a member of the taskforce, on behalf of the Ryan Academy for Entrepreneurship, that helped put the report together.

Social Enterprise has the potential to provide 65,000 jobs and contribute to the objective of economic 
recovery, this new Report,  “Adding Value Delivering Change  – The Role of Social Enterprise in National Recovery,” states. In Europe the social enterprise sector accounts for between 4% and 7% of GDP, but in Ireland it represents just 3%, the Report, published by the Social Enterprise Task Force, an initiative of Clann Credo – the Social Investment Fund and the Dublin Employment Pact, says. 
 
Setting a European average target of 5% of GDP would provide at least 65,000 jobs and contribute to the job creation goals set out by the Innovation Taskforce.
 
In addition, it is estimated that, for every one person employed through social employment, at least one other person contributes work on a voluntary basis.
 
The Report proposes that:
  • social enterprise policy should be driven by the government department with responsibility for enterprise;
  • social enterprise should be incorporated into the economic, planning and development strategies of local authorities;
  • a social enterprise remit be established within existing enterprise funding mechanisms;
  • the current support structures for the business sector to be enhanced, so that they are accessible and capable of providing support to social enterprise
  • County & City Enterprise Boards should be the key agency providing support to social enterprise at local level
  • introduce social clauses in public and local authority procurement policy and supporting social enterprises to build consortia and to tender for public contracts;
  • a range of flexible finance options including equity-type instruments be set up.

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The Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation, Batt O’Keeffe TD, who attended the launch of the report, said he would carefully study its recommendations.

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