We welcome the State Government’s announcement of the Queensland Social Enterprise Strategy (QSES), launched today by the Honourable Shannon Fentiman MP, Minister for Employment and Small Business and for Training and Skills Development.

The Minister also announced $450,000 for a new Social Enterprise Grants program, providing up to $50,000 of matched funds to start-up social enterprises.

For the past six years, as a volunteer QSEC Board member and Chair of the Social Enterprise Network – Logan many people have tirelessly advocated and mobilised a growing grassroots movement to deliver social impact through innovative business models. We’re delighted to see our efforts recognised through Queensland’s first Social Enterprise strategy, and particularly grateful for Minister Fentiman’s enthusiasm for the growth of the sector.

The Minister has also supported the bid to attract the Social Enterprise World Forum to Queensland in 2021, which is being co-led by Impact Boom and QSEC. The bid process has secured significant support from a large range of partners nationally, including the English Family Foundation and other philanthropists, Local Government, Queensland’s tertiary education institutions, QSEC Members and associated partners. We are heading to Ethiopia in October to continue this advocacy.

We look forward to working with the Queensland Government to build enterprise capability and capacity, deliver social procurement outcomes and support emerging enterprise who want to use business as a force for good.

However this is just the beginning, the hard work now begins.

You can read the full Queensland Social Enterprise Strategy here – https://www.publications.qld.gov.au/dataset/queensland-social-enterprise-strategy