Tag Archives: Mutual Ventures

Social Enterprise: 5 steps to a sustainable public sector mutuals market

By David Bicknell

Social Enterprise recently carried an excellent  piece by Andrew Laird from Mutual Ventures on how organisations can build on the ambition demonstrated by the recent open public services white paper on opening up public services.

His ideas for turning ambition into action include:

* A more robust Right to Challenge/Provide, which should be as universal as possible across public services.

* Easier access to seed funding for groups of staff who are thinking about mutualising.

* Clearer guidance on procurement rules.

* Social value placed on a par with economic value.

* A step change in public service culture and leadership.

You can read Andrew’s piece here

Not everyone is always quite as positive about mutuals.  This piece by Paul O’Brien from the Association for Public Service Excellence  strikes a more underwhelming note.

Co-Op launches mutuals advice service for local councils

By David Bicknell

The C0-Operative Group has launched a new ‘one-stop-shop’ offering to help local councils set up new mutuals to provide local services.

‘Public Service Mutuals’ is aimed at directors of services in local government and public sector bodies. It will offer practical assistance and examine the potential for mutualised services in six stages.

You can find out more from this article in Public Finance

Meanwhile a new guide, Co-operative Business District, has been published by Co-operatives UK, the national trade body for co-operative enterprises, and Mutual Ventures, a social enterprise which provides support to front-line staff groups, to reflect the journey that staff will embark on – from learning about the benefits and risks of ‘spinning out’ to taking practical steps to set up an independent enterprise.

The Guide is available here