Rural dances to a different tune
When the concept of ‘social enterprise’ first entered the world of the voluntary sector there was a fair amount of resistance. The business culture – making profit – seemed alien and an unwelcome import from the private sector. Gradually though, that resistance has softened although debates still rage as to the legitimacy of the asset lock. One area of more subtle debate is around the nature of social enterprise in a rural setting as opposed to urban. Does a rural social enterprise dance to a different tune than its urban counterpart. Some interesting research commissioned by Inspiralba suggests it does.