Social Enterprise Day – “A chance to show the positive impact of Social enterprises on people and communities across Wales.”
As part of Social Enterprise Day, Welsh Parliament Minister for the Economy, Vaughan Gething, comments on the huge potential for co-operatives and social enterprises to be the business model of choice and how they deliver solutions to social, economic and environmental challenges.
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The last 20 months has been turbulent for so many social enterprises, but I’m proud social enterprises across Wales have been at the heart of our community response to the Covid-19 Pandemic – providing valuable support to people when they most need it.
Social Enterprise Day provides all social enterprises with a platform to tell their stories, show what makes them different from traditional businesses and to shout about the positive impact that their work has on people and communities right across Wales. As we move forward and tackle the challenges ahead, it is important that we lean on the values and the principles of social enterprise and co-operation that have helped us through Covid-19 as we work to build the greener, fairer and more prosperous Wales that this Welsh Government is committed to.
Many social enterprises operate in sectors such as renewable energy, zero waste, food, biodiversity and land management. Some have environmental objectives and improving their local area is at the heart of their social aims. By learning from the cooperative values and the cooperative movement, we are drawing and building on traditional and embedded Welsh values and principles.
There is huge potential for co-operatives and social enterprises to be the business model of choice, delivering solutions to social, economic and environmental challenges. There are exciting times ahead for the sector and I am encouraged about the future and the potential for further growth and success.
Thank you to each and every social enterprise for the contribution you continue to make to improving social and economic wellbeing in Wales.
Vaughan Gething is the Minister for Economy and Member of the Welsh Parliament for Cardiff South and Penarth
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