Belfast’s economy is too dependent on a large public sector. Can a loosening of government control stimulate greater partnership working across the city?
Belfast Council has added new responsibilities to its portfolio, including social enterprise development. Its chief executive Suzanne Wylie talks to New Start about supporting social start-ups, inclusive growth and stopping the brain drain
Belfast has a rich history of social action and some of today’s social enterprise organisations date back to the early 1900s. Here are ten of the city’s best ideas for social change:
While big business and infrastructure projects receive investment, small-scale neighbourhood economies get little support. Allowing communities greater control over assets could bridge the gap between the macro and the micro, says Charlie Fisher
On the site of one of Belfast’s largest former employers, an incubation hub is hoping to kickstart local enterprise. Belfast Council – which owns the building – reports on its innovative approach to its development
Localised and joined-up skills strategies are vital if Belfast is to address its employability gap, says Adrian Nolan