The last decade has seen a determined push by Whitehall to create a more mixed economy for public service delivery. The policy objective, has been to transform the UK's £79bn public service market by widening choice, lowering cost and radically improving service delivery. The third sector has been an important part in this reform process, and is portrayed by politicians from all parties as an important element in the mixed provision of services. However, the reality of growing the third sector has not always matched the rhetoric.
This publication examines the critical challenges being faced in accessing new market opportunities for social enterprises. Specifically, we explore how partnerships and alliances between the third and private sectors may be necessary to achieve the critical mass in capacity and capability in order to address larger and more complex service requirements.