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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.

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.


Social Firms UK members could access cheaper energy bills

A large scale energy buying group supported by Social Firms Wales, The Wales Coop Centres and Cylch and has now gone UK wide. Joining the group can offer a no-obligation opportunity to access cheaper energy bills. 




In the first instance to enable them to get quotes on your behalf you will sign a letter of authority which enables them to talk to the utilities and negotiate on behalf of the group. They would also require the most recent full copies of your electricity and gas bills. There is no obligation to accept the free quote.

They are expecting to go to the market place in the 3rd week of June for contracts starting on 1st October 2013.


Social Firms UK Member Future Clean wins International Award

An award winning social enterprise that supplies environmentally friendly car valeting while offering work and training to disadvantaged people has won a top international award.

Future Clean won joint first in the REVES Excellence awards 2013 which took place in Brussels on Friday (June 7th). The award is designed to showcase innovative partnership working.

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: