Blue Ventures’ founder Alasdair Harris was recently highly commended in the Young Enterprising Brits Award and received his honour over breakfast with Gordon Brown in Downing Street. Following Enterprise week in November 2006 a video was developed summarising all the shortlisted projects (follow link below BV is at about 1min 45). A social enterprise, is defined as a business: “whose surpluses are ploughed back into the business or community rather than for personal gain… Any form of business established for a social or environmental purpose to deliver lasting social and environmental change.”
Blue Ventures continued growth since its establishment in 2003 is testament to its belief in the social enterprise structure, and the measured success of BV in the field and general acceptance by local communities shows that social enterprise can be used as an effective conservation tool in developing countries.
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