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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.

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

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


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

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.

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.

The Guardian Charity Awards Launched

The Guardian Charity Awards 2013 in association with Zurich are open to UK social welfare charities that can demonstrate excellence and achievement in what they do. Eligible charities must also have been registered in the UK for more than two years and have an annual income of between £5,000 and £1.5 million.


Innovation in Social Financ£ - Do you need money for your Social Enterprise?

There are some great social enterprises and social businesses that really need investment.

However it is increasingly difficult to find finance for organisations who require investments of less than 100k.


Innovation in Social Finance is a collaborative pilot to try and find financial solutions to support, develop and grow those great social business ideas.

They are looking to offer a range of Finance Solutions investment support to help you fund the development of your business in the West Midlands.

Finance Solutions investment support will look to broker a range of mix and match assistance including: