We thought we knew what a Social Enterprise was and the social economy, as a whole, was growing nicely until government decided to tell us what a Social Enterprise is. They introduced Social Investment Tax Relief (SITR) and said that it was available for Social Enterprises and then said Charities and CICs only. That fragments the sector because it is being said that Social Enterprise is an entity that earns income for the social entrepreneur but is not available for the creation of capital. To provide social benefit it is necessary to generate revenues and to create capital. Continue reading
During the period I’ve been a solicitor, the practice of the law has changed beyond recognition particularly in the area of competition. At one time if you gave out too many business cards you were likely to be reported to the Law Society, probably by other solicitors, for “touting”. In the late 70s I wanted to have new artists works displayed in the office to help artists by inviting clients and contacts to view the art and buy. When I checked with The Law Society, that was prohibited on the grounds that it would attract people into our building who would not normally go there.