Notes to editors
* There are an estimated 15,000 social enterprise businesses operating in England with an estimated annual turnover of £18 billion. Source: Small Business Service Review of the Social Enterprise Strategy
Social enterprises already operate in all sectors of the economy (for example, building societies, community based co-operatives and NHS foundation trusts). Social enterprises are also beginning to be established in primary care. In East London, East London Integrated Care (ELIC) has been set up comprising 220 GPs, practice nurses and general practice managers. Overseen by a members council with professional and patient representatives, the organisation helps GPs carry out new responsibilities as practice based commissioners as well as providing care directly - starting with ear nose and throat services.
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