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Social Firm Sets the Tone

 Partnership has proven successful in setting up Social Firm, Inklusive. And the main beneficiaries are the customers.

Setting up in 2011, the three directors of green toner and cartridge suppliers, Inklusive, made a conscious decision to work with supply chain partners.

“We looked at manufacturing everything ourselves but found spare capacity in supply chains with a similar outlook which were already operational” said Business Development Manager, Steve Ralf. “So we approached partners asking them to do some of the work for us”. With substantial previous experience in the ink industry, the team offered improved knowledge and practice to their partners. “As we grow, so do they” added Steve. “So everyone benefits”.

Steve is very proud of the fact that “we worked with existing suppliers rather than compete with them”.

Call for Nomination - Looking for Outstanding Social Entrepreneurs

The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship is searching for outstanding social entrepreneurs.

Social entrepreneurs are innovators who implement practical and sustainable solutions to address problems in numerous areas including health, education, environment, access to technology and job creation. Whether they are set up as for-profit or not for-profit organisations, their primary focus is transformational social change through innovation.

The winners will join the Schwab Foundation’s community of the world’s most accomplished social entrepreneurs whose work focuses on public good creation – a community that shares knowledge and experience, exchanges best practice and winners can benefit from cutting-edge knowledge in social enterprise planning, management, as well as communications and other aspects that they identify as critical to their enhanced performance.

Social Firms UK membership application form

To join, please complete our membership form

SEDA Catalyst Awards - apply by 16th June

The SEDA Catalyst Award consists of £5,000 cash and a 12-month development and growth support package. It's for established ventures that have great potential to make real, positive social change but need targeted support to grow and move to the next stage of their development. Find out more here

Providing Employment And Training Opportunities For Offenders

Background

Low qualifications and lack of employment are recognised within the Government’s strategy for Transforming Rehabilitation as key social issues related to re-offending.

Some local areas have already developed social enterprises as one way to overcome barriers around the employability of ex-offenders. However at the time of writing there is currently very little that brings together learning or examples of effective practice to assist others in doing this.

Recognising this gap, the Home Office commissioned a short term programme of work undertaken in February and March 2013 by Clinks and Social Firms UK.

Providing Employment And Training Opportunities For Offenders

Background

Low qualifications and lack of employment are recognised within the Government’s strategy for Transforming Rehabilitation as key social issues related to re-offending.

Some local areas have already developed social enterprises as one way to overcome barriers around the employability of ex-offenders. However at the time of writing there is currently very little that brings together learning or examples of effective practice to assist others in doing this.

Recognising this gap, the Home Office commissioned a short term programme of work undertaken in February and March 2013 by Clinks and Social Firms UK.

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Join The Social Economy Alliance

Arm yourself with their new campaign pack in the run up to the local elections in May.

The Social Economy Alliance is a new voice on the economy. It is made up of organisations including social enterprises, co-operatives, universities, housing associations, crowd-funders, social investors, think tanks and charities. It is campaigning to create a more social economy in the UK - one that better supports people and communities. It believes social enterprises and cooperatives hold many of the solutions to our biggest economic and social challenges, but they need government backing. It is calling on for all the main politicial parties to support the social economy by building our recommendations into their manifestos.

Find out more here

 

Social Enterprise and Housing Conference and Exhibition 2014: London

Wednesday 26th March 2014

 This event will be a great opportunity for social enterprises and housing associations to meet and network with new partners, hear from leaders and pioneers in the field, share learning and good practice, and do business with a range of organisations in the exhibition. You can:

share learning from across the sector and form new partnerships; assess procurement opportunities and risks; discover the different finance sources available for social enterprises;evaluate the challenges of social value as a criteria within procurement.

More information here  

Organiser: 
The National Housing Federation

National Consortium of Social Enterprises - free regional events

Tuesday 12th November 2013 - Thursday 12th December 2013

 Are you a social enterprise working with offenders?  Then you need to book a place at one of the free regional events for information about the National Consortium of Social Enterprises and the business opportunities it offers. For more information about the consortium click here.

Vulnerable and Disengaged Young People - Apps by 6 December

 The Vulnerable and Disengaged Young People Fund, from the Cabinet Office Centre for Social Action, has up to £2m to help grow ambitious social action programmes to support England’s most vulnerable young people. Find out more details here. The Fund will focus on improving the outcomes of society’s most vulnerable young people, including academic performance, work outcomes, reducing reoffending and improving health outcomes. Proposals can be from social action based projects supporting young people as well as those that involve social action opportunities for young people. Applicants can either apply for funding for new projects or to further develop existing programmes. Voluntary, community organisations and social enterprises can apply.