The government has given 26 “trailblazer” social enterprise schemes a total of £1.4m to boost their development today.
Care services minister Ivan Lewis allocated the money for start-up costs and wider support including business advice and training for the schemes in England.
The move follows the creation of the social enterprise unit by the Department of Health in June last year to encourage “innovation and entrepreneurialism” in social care and health.
The DH announced in January that it would make £73m available for a social enterprise fund for four years starting in 2007-8, consolidating the pledge made in the adult social care and health white paper.
The department said the newly announced £1.4m was in addition to this money.