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Finance Administrator required by Connection Crew - immediate start

Social Firms UK Member Connection Crew seeks a Finance Administrator

Salary: £18,000 - £25,000 depending upon experience plus pension scheme


Connection Crew is growing fast and need a new full time experienced Finance Administrator to join them in their London office near Tower Bridge as soon as possible.

As a Community Interest Company, Connection Crew (CCCIC) successfully marries industry leading performance with strong social outputs. At least 25% of our work is undertaken by ex-homeless individuals and profits from trading go to Connection at St Martins charity for the homeless. Not only does CCCIC operate at the highest level in the event industry, it is highly regarded and widely recognised as one of the UK’s leading social enterprises.


SFUK Member Building Lives - Winners For Most Innovative Training Programme

Building Lives were exceptionally proud to be announced Winners for Most Innovative Training Programme at the The Housing Innovation Awards on 07 Feb 2014. These awards celebrate everything innovative in the UK housing sector and are the only awards to focus solely on genuine enterprise in the sector.


The 2014 winners were announced at the annual gala dinner on 06 February 2014, where housing’s most enterprising professionals had converged on London’s Grand Connaught Rooms to enjoy an evening of awards, networking and entertainment.

Berkeley Homes North East London were sponsors of the Most Innovative Training Programme Category. John Sanders, Head of Construction was delighted to present the award to Building Lives team, and the Building Lives team were over the moon to receive it! :)

New Information Hub for Offenders

 Unlock have launched their new Information Hub, which aims to be the country’s most comprehensive source of online self-help information on wide range of issues that criminal convictions can affect. Through the Hub, people with convictions will now have access to easy-to-use information that is specifically designed for them. Find out more 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.

Congratulations to the SE100 winners !

Patchwork People, P3 and Right Track are sharing £25K in prizes having been recognised as top performing mission-led businesses in this year’s RBS SE100 Index - the online listing of social ventures, ranked and scored according to their growth and social impact. These top performers have been selected from over 1000 organisations listed on  RBS SE100 website.

Staying well with bi-polar

 To mark World Mental Health Day, Rethink - the organisation campaigning for and supporting people with mental health problems - has published  "Staying well with bi-polar". It's based on interviews with people diagnosed with bi-polar and their friends, family and carers and the research was carried out by a team made up of people with experience of mental health problems and academic researchers. 

Human Lending Library for Social Entrepreneurs

 Do you want an hour's expert advice from a leading entrepreneur? For free? The British Library in London is hosting a new initiative linking social enterprises with business experts, including Nigel Kershaw of the Big Issue. Run by Expert Impact, you can find out how to apply here  

New training programme for young disabled people

The government has announced 2 new programmes for 16 to 24 year disabled people to gain work experience .  For people with complex learning difficulties and disablities the Supported Internship scheme will offer real work experience and support from specialist coaches, who will also supporting employers to become more confident about employing young people with disabilities. The Traineeship scheme will offer young people with less complex needs workplace experience and the chance to develop skills that employers need. Read more here.

Free banking for social enterprises from the Co-op Bank

 The Co-op Bank has launched free banking for social enterprises. The Social Enterprise Direct Plus account offers free banking, free online banking and interest on balances over £2000, and is available to social enterprises with turnover less than £1million. The account means no service charge, no charge for writing cheques, using a business debit card, or for standing orders or direct debits. Eligible social enterprises can deposit up to £100000 each year free of charge and deposit up to 5000 cheques and there's no minimum balance or monthly deposit requirement. 

Homelessness and Work - new guides

 Broadway, campaiging against homelessness, has produced a series of guides for service providers, homeless people and employers on starting, staying in and thriving at work.  The guides are based on the outcome of  research involving 50 homeless people over their first year in a new job.