SOCIAL enterprises must become an integral part of businesses in Staffordshire, a business leader has said.
Judith Kirkland of the Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership made the comments in a speech on how delegates from social enterprises can get more support.
The speech took place at an event the partnership had organised to give advice on accessing funds, networking with other businesses and how to work across different sectors to improve the economy.
Ms Kirkland said: “Social enterprises have valuable part to play in growing the economy of Staffordshire.
“The partnership needs to be in contact with more organisations so that we know what they need and we in turn can offer the right support.
“We are gathering data about our social enterprises and it has been really encouraging to see so many people at this first event.
“It was also extremely useful to listen to the experiences of social entrepreneurs.
“We plan to hold more and I would urge social enterprise representatives to get in touch with us.”
Brendon Fletcher-Chard of the Burton-based mental health social enterprise Task Works also spoke at the event.