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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:

Promote your Social Firm or Enterprise in Clinks' Directory

Clinks' Directory of Offender Services is an online resource containing information about hundreds of Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) organisations working with offenders and their families.

The Directory can be used for signposting to vital services and connecting with others in a specific field or region. It's also a great way to promote your organisation to service users, other organisations and statutory sector staff, including those from prisons, probation trusts and local authorities.

Clinks is dedicated to promoting VCSE organisations working in the Criminal Justice System and so using the Directory is easy and completely free. Signing up to the directory is also the first step towards inclusion in the forthcoming Partnership Finder: a criminal justice supply chain and consortia directory for primes, commissioners and the VCSE sector.

Social Enterprise Awards launched in Northern Ireland

NI Social Enterprises go for a ‘Hat Trick’

Social Enterprise NI, the representative body for Social Enterprises and Social Entrepreneurs across Northern Ireland today announced that applications for the Annual Awards 2013 are now open.

Northern Ireland has scooped the main award for ‘Social Enterprise of the Year’ for the last two years and is looking for its third overall UK winner.

The Awards reward and showcase the very best of Social Enterprise of which there are shining examples in Northern Ireland. The winners will go forward to the UK finals in London on 27th November.

This year there will be total of 10 main award categories open to Social Enterprises including –

  • Education, Training & Jobs Social Enterprise
  • Social Enterprise of the year,
  • One to watch (best new start up)

There are also categories open to supporters and investors of Social Enterprise.

Social Enterprise Awards Wales launched

The Social Enterprise Awards Wales is a national competition designed to celebrate the amazing work done by Welsh social enterprises and shine the spotlight on the sector.

The Awards are open to all social enterprises in Wales.

Nominations are now open! The awards are your opportunity to raise your profile by highlighting the amazing work you do. Last year saw the highest number of social enterprises come forward and demonstrate their innovation, imagination and their passion for social change. This year Wales wants to do even better.

So if you’re proud of your work integration social enterprise or social firm,  then enter the competition now!

The closing date for entries is 12pm Tuesday 6 August.

Click here for more details.

UK Social Enterprise Awards launched

The UK Social Enterprise Awards 2013 are now open. This year there are 10 categories, some of which are new, plus an award that recognises five individual champions of the sector.

The Social Enterprise Awards celebrate the pioneering work of Britain’s social enterprise movement, businesses that are regenerating communities and changing lives.

The awards, now in their 15th year, recognise organisations for their business excellence and contribution to society, as well as the achievements of people working at the heart of the social enterprise sector.

This year there are 10 main award categories - with one particularly for employment and employability social enterprises.

Chris White becomes Social Value Ambassador

The Minister for Civil Society, Nick Hurd announced Chris White, MP for Warwick and Leamington, as the first official Social Value Ambassador on 13th June 2013.


Chris White will be working closely with local authorities and the voluntary sector to raise awareness of the Public Services (Social Value) Act, which came into force earlier this year and received cross-party support. This Act opens up more opportunities for social enterprises to deliver public services by ensuring that local authorities and other commissioners procure services with maximum social benefit for the community in mind. Chris will help encourage and oversee an improvement in the social, environmental and economic impact of public services contracts.

A Social Apprentice

Last week Social Enterprise UK and leading social entrepreneurs launched The Social Apprentice Campaign, calling on the BBC to host a new type of business show that recognises the work of social enterprises.


They kick-started the campaign with a letter to BBC One's Controller, signed by John Bird MBE, founder of the Big Issue, and Jerry Greenfield, of Ben & Jerry's.

Media coverage was widespread, with the letter featuring in TV production and business titles, and on The Guardian website.