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How to Run a Business with Values: Course in York

 This practical, comprehensive six module course will give you the tools you need to start, grow and run a successful social enterprise.

The modules are all standalone, so you can complete them all or select the most appropriate ones for you.

Download the brochure below or visit the website


SFUK Member Phoenix Milton's Kate Geeson is Enterprising Mum of the Year!

 Social Firm Phoenix Milton recently made the pages of the Tesco website, as CEO Kate Geeson was named Enterprising Mum of the Year. 

The judges said: Kate’s determination to give everyone the opportunity to achieve their potential is awe-inspiring.

Phoenix Milton makes and sells handmade paving and garden accessories. Phoenix provides work experience and employability qualifications for young people and adults with learning disabilities and mental health issues.

Read more about Kate here

Social Innovation Tournament - Deadline 21st March

The EIB Institute is organising the fourth edition of its Social Innovation Tournament.

The Social Innovation Tournament promotes the generation of innovative ideas and rewards initiatives that fight against social exclusion.

It covers projects in a wide range of fields – from education, health care and the natural or urban environments, to new technologies, new systems and new processes.

All projects compete for a General Category 1st and 2nd Prize of EUR 25 000 and EUR 10 000 respectively.

Projects addressing the topic of equal opportunities with a special emphasis on people with disabilities will also compete for the Special Category Prize of EUR 25 000.

Further awards include vouchers entitling a number of projects and their teams to benefit from subsequent coaching/mentoring services.

Do you know everything you need to know about VAT?

 When it comes to VAT, HMRC has developed a range of YouTube videos to help VAT-registered businesses . Here is a selection of short YouTube videos you may find useful:

National Recycling Awards 2015 - Deadline Extended

The entry deadline has been extended for National Recycling Awards 2015.

There is still plenty of time to complete your submissions as entries now close on Friday 20 February.

No matter what size your business, or the projects you work on, this is your opportunity to get your achievements recognised by the whole industry and the UK's leading waste and recycling publication.

If you need any help with your entries, please call James Dennison on 020 3033 2954 or email him at

For more information, click here

Acas Age Audit Tool - Do You Treat Older Workers Fairly?

ACAS have launched an online tool to help you address age discrimination in the workplace.

The Acas Age Audit Tool can:

  • Assess what your employees think about age issues in their workplace and your organisations' approaches and policies
  • Help address any risks or issues that could potentially lead to future discrimination claims
  • Create a firm foundation for your policies, practices and future direction

Age and discrimination

The Equality Act 2010 makes it unlawful to discriminate against employees because of their age.

The removal of the default retirement age in 2011 means that employers are now managing the older worker and also their expectations in the workplace moving forward.

Acas and Coventry University have developed this Age Audit Tool to help organisations assess their employee's attitudes towards age and age related issues in their workplace.

arc is Open for Business

arc, Business in the Community’s social enterprise support programme, is open for applications (deadline to apply is 27/02).

The support menu includes: expert business leaders for advice and project delivery, profiling and new business opportunities and subsidised social impact consultancy, training and premises.

Who is it for? Ambitious social enterprises creating employment in East and West London that want to grow their business. Register your interest here.

European Social Innovation Competition 2015 Launches in March

The launch of the 2015 edition of the European Social Innovation Competition will take place on Monday 23 March in Gdansk, Poland  

The Competition has been organised since 2012 in memory of Diogo Vasconcelos and calls all Europeans to come up with solutions to the problems affecting our society.

This year’s competition is themed around ‘New Ways to Grow’ and will be seeking entrepreneurial, game changing ideas that can advance Europe’s growth model. Later this year 3 prizes of EUR 50,000 will be awarded to the 3 best ideas!

Check out the website and Twitter for more information about the competition.

SFUK Member Fusion 21 Invites Supply Partners

Fusion21 are seeking supply partners for two new frameworks, namely Retrofit and Whole House.


Two notices have been issued through the website to encourage companies who can provide services for the specified lots to express an interest and complete a Pre-Qualification Questionnaire (PQQ).

The PAS 91 aligned frameworks are targeted at both existing and new customers.

The frameworks are also designed to encourage Small or Medium Enterprises (SME) in each lot and engagement with potential supply partners will kick off with Webinars hosted by Constructionline during February.

This will enable companies to ask questions to Fusion21 staff about completing tender documentation and other issues around the framework process. Companies interested in using the Webinars can sign up to Constructionline and dates for the Retrofit Webinars (by region) are available here.

New Book - Inside Social Enterprise to be published 26th February

Social enterprises--or real businesses that trade for a social purpose--are a growing phenomenon that play an increasingly important role in society, but there is widespread confusion and controversy over how to define them.

This exciting book includes nearly forty interviews with the most influential and experienced social enterprise practitioners, supporters, thinkers, and policy makers, including Michele Rigby, CEO of Social Firms UK. In their own words, they discuss their organizations, values, and world-changing goals, providing fresh clarity and understanding on the real value of social enterprises.