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Social firm Travel Matters was so successful in organising business travel for financial services company Unum that it now also books their personal and holiday travel.

In just 12 months, Travel Matters, a not-for-profit social enterprise, has seen a steep increase in business the Vocational Rehabilitation Team at Unum, the financial protection insurers and one of their many corporate clients.

Travel Matters seeks New Chair

A Non-Executive Chairperson is required for an established Social Firm based in Redhill, Surrey. Travel Matters Enterprises Ltd is a fully bonded travel agency which also offers IT training and work experience to individuals recovering from mental health issues as a route back to employment.

The role involves chairing quarterly board meetings and providing input on strategic planning, business development and budgeting as well as supporting staff. This is an opportunity to support and help develop a dynamic Social Firm which really does make a difference to people’s lives.

-Voluntary Role, expenses by agreement. -Experience of working on a Board or other Committee structure preferred.

For more details please contact Andy Evans (Joint Managing Director) 01737 789997 /

Offenders with Social Firms UK Member Work This Way win award

Offenders have won a prestigious award for their work in radically reducing landfill and improving the environment in the first stage of the new eco-town development in East Hampshire.

Offenders working from the Waste Works project based at HMP Ford in West Sussex have been working with Westridge Construction and East Hampshire District Council on the refurbishment of the old Bordon Fire Station which opened its doors to the public recently.

Waste Works has been named joint national champion of the ESF Sustainable Developing Mainstreaming Leader Award - 2012

Social Firms UK Member Frame of Mind CiC wins National Award

Frame of Mind CIC, has been recognised for the service it provides for people with dementia.

It has been awarded a National Dementia Care Award for the help, support and learning they offer. They were declared the winner of the Outstanding Dementia Care Product/Innovation 2012 category.

For more details click here

Sustainable Routes offers Grants for Sustainable Working

Has your business traded for at least a year?

Is your turnover at least £40,000?

If so, then Sustainable Routes offers a grant of up to £1,000 to businesses, excluding franchises, who can cut travel costs by adopting new ways of working. If your business employs less than 250 people and is located in the South East of England – Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes, Hampshire and Isle of Wight, Kent and Medway, Oxfordshire, Surrey and Sussex, then here is the opportunity to save money on travel. The project has been funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the South East ERDF Competitiveness Programme 2007-2013.

By signing up you will benefit from:

A personalised Travel Efficiency Plan A match funded grant of up to £1,000 Impact your bottom line, save money and help your employees and the environment. Here are a few examples:

PLUSS Employee wins BASE Award

A recent national awards ceremony for the British Association for Supported Employment (BASE) saw a Devon lady pick up two hugely important awards.

BASE is the national body that covers all organisations that help people with disabilities, learning disabilities, mental health issues and long term health problems into work. Their annual conference, that includes awards for practitioners, was held this year in Glasgow.

Neil Cattle, Employment Team Manager, says “At Pluss we are proud of all of our staff: everyone works incredibly hard to ensure that Pluss achieves its vision – ‘People of all abilities are inspired to achieve a career’. So when the opportunity to recognise our staff nationally appears, managers jump at the chance to nominate their team members.

Social Enterprise is Best Provider of Disability Employment Programme

Social Firm is Best Provider of Disability Employment Programme

The DWP has announced the results for the Work Choice programme, releasing a report on all organisations that deliver the programme and stating their success levels. The top performing organisation in Britain wasSocial Firm, Pluss.

The Work Choice Programme is the DWP’s specialist programme to help disabled people into work and this is the first set of results announced since the start of the programme in 2010. Pluss is the largest Social Firm in the UK and the only Social Firm to deliver Work Choice as a prime contractor.

Why “Social” Works

As well as topping the table with the best performing area, Devon and Cornwall, Pluss is also shown to be the best provider in Britain.

Social Enterprise Exchange

Tuesday 27th March 2012, 8:30am - 5:30pm

Social Enterprise Exchange marks the first time Social Enterprise UK and Social Enterprise Scotland have joined forces, bringing together Voice and S2S, the two social enterprise events north and south of the border.

This makes the event uniquely well-placed to create a real exchange: of business, of knowledge, of best practice. It will include:

  • high-profile speakers from across the UK and beyond
  • masterclasses on social investment and engaging with the private sector
  • a substantial networking and trading area
  • practical workshops on sales, start-ups, spin-outs, impact measurement, export + more
  • 1:1 clinics with expert agencies in the field
  • hundreds of exhibitors seeking to do business
  • social enterprise event suppliers, including event production partner CEiS Events 

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Coming to a region near you - NOMS regional tour

Thursday 12th May 2011 - Wednesday 22nd June 2011

 In conjunction with Concilium and the regional social enterprise networks NOMS are organising a series of events designed to encourage and facilitate dialogue between NOMS and the sector.

Each event will aim to produce a clear action plan that will seek to ensure that social enterprise has a strong voice within NOMS and a clear way in which to engage.

NOMS want to encourage as much participation as possible from the sector and see this as just the start. We want diversity in size, focus and history – even if you are a new and developing enterprise, please get involved.


Transition Fund Briefing Event South East

Tuesday 14th December 2010, 2:00pm - 4:00pm

 The Cabinet Office has launched a new £100million Transition Fund to help the charities, voluntary groups and social enterprises that are affected by public spending cuts to make necessary adjustments so that they can continue to play an important part in public service reform and the Big Society Agenda.

The Transition Fund will help civil society organisations which deliver high quality public services to be more resilient, agile and able to take opportunities presented by a changing funding environment.

The Office for Civil Society has appointed BIG Fund (non-Lottery funding operation of the Big Lottery Fund) to administer the fund. This briefing is for civil society organisations which meet the criteria below and are interested in applying to the Transition Fund.

The event is open to charities, voluntary groups and social enterprises which meet the following criteria: