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Social enterprises play a vital part in business growth: McGuinness

26 September, 2012

The deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness MP, MLA today highlighted the vital contribution social enterprises can make to business growth.

Martin McGuinness was speaking at the Bryson Charitable Group Annual Conference in Belfast. Addressing the conference the deputy First Minister said:

“Stimulating entrepreneurship remains an important challenge in our economic growth. Creating a supportive and enabling environment for social enterprises to thrive, will play an important role in regenerating communities and balancing our economy.

"Martin McGuinness continued:

“Bryson Charitable Group, and other local social enterprises, are valuable sources of services and employment for disadvantaged neighbourhoods and individuals. They play an important role in providing a supportive environment to those furthest from the labour market.

“Bryson Charitable Group, through its social business units, makes a collective effort to achieving our long term vision for the economy through embarking upon major social and economic challenges. The Group’s success demonstrates the social enterprise model can and is delivering a positive impact.“The measures put in place through the Executive’s Programme for Government and Economic Strategy will see the social economy sector go from strength to strength over the coming years.”

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