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02/12/2020

Council Commences Study into Social Enterprise Potential

The potential for Social Enterprise to be an increasing part of Antrim and Newtownabbey’s economic mix will be the focus of a scoping study to be commissioned by the Council.

The potential for Social Enterprise to be an increasing part of Antrim and Newtownabbey’s economic mix will be the focus of a scoping study to be commissioned by the Council.

Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Jim Montgomery commented,

“This scoping exercise will help us map out what social enterprise we have in the Borough and in turn, enable us to better understand the capability and ambition of organisations to grow. The Social Enterprise sector plays a vital role in our Borough, promoting equality and providing local services which generate local wealth alongside volunteer, training and employment opportunities. I therefore welcome this piece of work.”

 
The scoping study will shape the Council’s engagement with strategic stakeholders such as Social Enterprise NI, Co-operative Alternatives and Developments Trust NI (DTNI) regarding Community Wealth Building. DTNI has launched a new framework titled ‘Time to Build an Inclusive Local Economy’ which promotes a range of measures to support the social and economic rebuilding of the economy post COVID19. This includes a number of proposed interventions including:
 
  • harnessing the spending power of public organisations through local sourcing of products and services;
  • facilitating the growth of products, employment and services that can be provided by social enterprises; and
  • promoting the uptake of land/buildings that are vacant/underused.
 
The Council study will assess how best to support existing and future social enterprises with their continued development and expansion. This project will also form part of the City Deal objectives regarding social clauses to promote apprenticeships, training/employment and other benefits through relevant City Deal contracts.
 
 
Notes to Editor
Please note, this is subject to the Council’s Call In Period.
 

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