Live discussion: social enterprise and housing, Wednesday 5 June, 12-1.30pm

Join our experts on 5 June to discuss how social enterprises and housing associations can work together for mutual benefit

In a recent article SEUK‘s director of business, Nick Temple, referred to housing associations as ‘a sleeping giant’ of social enterprise growth. In his piece, Temple said that while housing associations are a ‘powerful lobby, an economic force and a major influence on all kinds of social policy’, other social enterprises were yet to harness their sending powers.

Figures show that 1700 registered housing associations spend £13bn annually – but 69% of housing associations spend less that £50,000 with social enterprises and 60% don’t have a single social enterprise on their preferred suppliers list.

This is despite a report from the National Housing Federation showing that the main aims of housing associations are to create employment for their tenants, deliver wider community benefit and improve service delivery for their tenants. Housing Associations, it should be noted, are themselves a form of social enterprise.

So, why – when housing associations hold these social values – have other social enterprises struggled fight their way into supply chains and seize the opportunities arising in the housing sector?

Join us on Wednesday 5 June to discuss:

• how social enterprises can create stronger relationships with housing associations

• the mutual benefits a partnership can bring

• the reasons why partnerships have been few and far between

Do get in touch if you’d like to be a panellist – email Joe Jervis for more details.

Also, if you’d like to leave a question, please do so in the comments section below, or come back to ask it live – and follow the debate – on Wednesday 5 June, 12 – 1.30pm GMT.

Remember, to be on the panel and participate you need to register as a member of the Guardian Social Enterprise Network, and log in. Click here to register.

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