Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Social enterprises, muck and brass

I was surprised to read that the social enterprise ECT Recycling (linked to leading social business Ealing Community Transport) has been bought for £3.4m by private sector company May Gurney.

ECT Recycling is a community interest company required to return only 35 per cent of its profits to shareholders with the rest reinvested in operations.

The CIC regulator has said it will be monitoring developments. It will be important that this deal does not go sour – otherwise there will more cries of “privatisation” when new providers are involved in delivering public services.

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