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Social landlord joins 'social revolution'

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities

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Housing association First Ark Group has joined Social Enterprise UK, an alliance pushing for a fairer and more socially-led economy.

The housing provider, which manages 14,000 homes under its KHT brand, announced the news this week as part of its formula for investing in the future of the communities in which it works.

Bob Taylor, First Ark group chief executive, said: “First Ark has undergone a major transformation over the past two years to create a unique business model that puts power in the hands of the local communities we serve.

“By joining Social Enterprise UK we are committing to using our ‘buying power’ and the strength and talents of local people to deliver substantial economic change that communities will benefit from.”

Social Enterprise UK’s national campaign comprises of an alliance of 23 co-operatives and social enterprises, universities, think tanks and charities.

The organisations will be campaigning together to affect the way all political parties formulate social and economic policies in advance of the 2015 general election.

The alliance is campaigning for policies designed to put power in the hands of people, foster bottom-up economic growth and take advantage of the many innovations that the UK’s social sector has created, including cooperative energy and social enterprises. First Ark says it passionately believes that more of this type of innovation is needed to empower communities.

Bob Taylor added: “Organisations such as the Big Issue, Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen restaurant, the Co-op, and the Eden Project all underline how successful social enterprises can be – and how it is possible to make money and reinvest profits back into businesses and the local community. We want to ensure we do this through First Ark at every opportunity to benefit the people of Knowsley.”

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