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Social Firms UK Member Andy Kent Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Andy Kent, the inspiring founder of Andy’s Kars and Andy’s Ark in Bar Hill, has received the Institute of the Motoring Industry (IMI) award for Outstanding Individual Achievement. This is a brand new award, which Andy received at the IMI’s Annual Dinner on Thursday 12th March at the Grand Connaught Rooms in London, also attended by ex-England rugby player and TV personality Matt Dawson and Richard Noble OBE.

British Library Innovating for Growth Fund Deadline 25/03/2015

The British Library Business and IP Centre have a Growth Fund which for SMEs that want to grow by 25% in two years and create employment. 

They say: 

Are you too busy running your business that you don't have time to move your plans forward for growth? Have you got an idea to take your business to the next stage but aren't sure how to do it?

If you are an exciting and ambitious London-based small business looking to grow into a new market, launch a new product or implement a new process but aren’t sure how to take the next steps, our free 3-month small business support programme is here to help. 

Innovating for Growth will provide expert advice and support on business strategy and sustainability, branding, intellectual property and developing your product and getting it to the right markets as well as much more.

Mapping Women Social Entrepreneurs in Europe

The European Women's Lobby (EWL) is the largest umbrella organisation of women’s associations in the European Union (EU), working to promote women’s rights and equality between women and men.

This survey is a key component of the EWL's WEstart project, a year-long, first of its kind research project that looks at the state of women's social entrepreneurship in 10 countries in Europe.

To take the quick survey, click here 

Your feedback will help the EWL ensure that national and EU level policy makers understand more about women's social entrepreneurship, in order to better support women social entrepreneurs throughout Europe ( AND you can win a trip to Brussels!)

What links George Clooney with Social Enterprise?

Edinburgh Social Firm have come up with an amazing marketing/fundraising scheme: offering dinner with George Clooney for £5. 

The £5 is a donation which in turn is a ticket in a prize draw for one lucky winner to have dinner with Gorgeous George in November 2015.

Hats off to Social Bites for coming up with the most unexpected marketing campaign of 2015!


Social Economy Alliance Launches General Election Charter Campaign

The Social Economy Alliance (Social Firms UK is a member) has launched their ‘General Election Charter Campaign’, which is aimed at getting as many parliamentary candidates as possible to come out in support of the social economy.

Message your local candidates and ask them for their support using this link.

You can also download a campaign pack to help raise awareness in your local area.

Santander's Social Enterprise Development Awards Open for Applications

The Santander Social Enterprise Development Awards aim to support social enterprises and charities with trading activities looking to grow their business and improve their local community.

The Development Awards are targeted at established social ventures that have ambitions to develop their organisation but need a financial boost to help them realise their potential. SEDA is an annual competition with winners selected on the strength of their business plan for growth.

If your venture could use a Development Award of up to £10,000 read more about the competition here.

New Year 2016 Honours Round open for Nominations

The New Year 2016 Honours round has now opened, and the New Year’s list will be released on 31st December 2015. Honours provide a route to recognise and celebrate the contributions people can make to society.

The Honours are to recognise the exceptional efforts of people who have made a significant impact during their career and through voluntary or charitable activities, leaving a legacy of positive change, while still making time to actively support others.

You can nominate a member of staff or a key stakeholder working in your area who is coming to the end of their career or has recently left the organisation.

European Economic Strategy fails to include European citizens with disabilities.

This is the finding of the European Disability Forum's Board meeting in Latvia at the end of February. Members took part in a general discussion on Europe 2020 and the European Semester process. New evidence came to light of the negative impact which this agenda is having on persons with disabilities across the EU.

The measures being taken by governments as a result of EU recommendations are undermining social inclusion. EDF members from countries such as Finland, Denmark and Belgium gave examples of processes at country level which are neither transparent, nor inclusive.

Persons with disabilities are at higher risk of poverty and social exclusion, and higher risk of unemployment than people without disabilities.

The Stephen Lloyd Awards Invites First Applications

The Stephen Lloyd Awards Committee invites entries to the Stephen Lloyd Awards, set up to honour the memory of the inspirational lawyer who died in August 2014.

The aim of the awards, reflecting Stephen Lloyd’s commitment to innovation in tackling social issues, is to encourage and support the development of new ideas and early stage projects that have real potential to achieve practical, sustainable social change.

The awards will harness expert pro bono support from specialists in the charity and social enterprise world, as well as finance from philanthropists and social investors. Awards will comprise significant pro bono commitment, plus funding of up to £20,000.

Help for employers and potential employers

Whether you are a new or existing business, being an employer isn’t just about running a payroll.  Businesses need extra help as you grow.

HMRC's free online learning helps you understand what you need to do when you take on your first employee, how to deal with tax and National Insurance under PAYE and prepares you for National Minimum Wage and statutory payments.

It’s easy to use. There are bite-size sessions which means you can dip in and out of this online learning, as and when, to suit your busy lifestyle.