On Monday 16th July, Recycling Lives employees were invited to No.10 Downing Street to meet philanthropists, MP’s and other charities operating within the social welfare sector.The objective of the meeting was to share ideas and present views directly to the Prime minister and other potentially influential people about how social business can help to create jobs, help vulnerable people and stimulate the economy.
The meeting raised awareness of the difficulties in running a business with strong social outputs and the need for specialised funding to be made available. Steve Jackson OBE, CEO and founder of Recycling Lives said “It shouldn’t matter which political party is in power when it comes to encouraging entrepreneurialism and protecting vulnerable people.”
Recycling Lives received a contribution towards their first Centre from Communities and Local Government when it was under a Labour administration and whilst they have yet to see any continued financial support from the Coalition towards expanding the charity and social business model they remain very positive.
Steve added “The recent endorsement within the Coalition’s Social Justice Strategy for 2012 and then having the opportunity to meet and speak personally to David Cameron on Monday are all steps in the right direction. For me actions speak louder than words but I remain hopeful that Government will continue to support good social business models that are proven to help people start-up new businesses and create jobs for the most marginalised people within our communities.”