Comment on "How housing associations can support communities through social enterprise"
Craig Sanderson, Link Group
Good link to this activity south of the border.
But you could have mentioned that it’s already happened up here. For example, a collaboration of Link, Trafalgar and Dalmuir Park housing associations set up Dalmuir Community Concierge Service in 2005 to carry out work to communal areas (landscaping, fence painting, back court clearance, etc) and void clearance and redecoration. Initially the board was populated by nominees of the 3 associations but now comprises local folk. It started as a subsidiary of Link so it could get Wider Role funding and be protected and supported in its infancy and operated out of two vacant Link flats. By 2008 it was profitable and became independent , moving into Singer Business Park. It now has contracts with 11 HAs and in 2009 won SSEC’s Small SE of the Year. It is planning to build custom-made premises . We’ve tried to replicate this elsewhere but the rules governing Wider Role changed in 2008 to preclude its use for incubating start-ups.
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