Mutuals and the private sector: a public services marriage of convenience?

By David Bicknell

With much discussion about how public service mutuals and social enterprises can truly compete with the private sector, this article from the Guardian’s Public Leaders Network argues that perhaps the way forward is for spin-outs and the private sector  to work together in joint ventures.

It suggests that there are attractions in the partnership model, though there could also be problems as the public service ethos attempts to find a ‘mutual’ agenda with the commercial side.

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