Our mission: do good business and create social value
In addition to the impact (below), we have recently (May 2015) supported the development of a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO), the Social Enterprise Development Foundation, who will receive our profits through gift aid. This will help us achieve greater impact and support more people.
2016 saw the first investment in the SEDF charity. This was in partnership with the Community Action Newtork (CAN) and a successful application to the Awards for All funding stream. The project will enable local residents to gain skills in community research. Their work will enable CAN to identify gaps In services and other groups who need support.
As well as being a social enterprise that supports new and existing social enterprises, we Buy Social wherever possible. This includes hiring training rooms, networking and meeting spaces and of course the refreshements and lunches at our networking events. We activiely seek other social enterprises when purchasing other things too e.g. marketing materials and cleaning. We monitor our spend and aim to see increased (in percentage terms) purchases from social enterprises and charities year on year. Hoepfully one day, we’ll be able to source all our supplies from a social enterprise or charity!
- We’re just finalising our accounts and annual report and will highlight the main points here shortly. One great success is that we have successfully gained a new contract to run the CEFS project which will now run until March 2019, we expect to achieve 30 business assists on this project and support more than 200 indivuduals working in the civil sector.
Projects and programmes
- In 2015-16 we successfully worked with more than 30 organisations in Solihull to ensure they were tender reaady. Each attending a range of specifically developed workshops and seminars over the course of a year. In addition we undertook a large scale change management consultancy funded by the Local Sustainability Fund. Inadditon we worked on 2 Bright Ideas projects, 2 Cooperative Hive projects and a range of individual commisions from local charities.
- 2014-15 we ran the CEFS project for a 3rd year supporting more than 100 organisations with 63 third sector employees attending our workshops and training programmes, 8 groups benefit from our Social Value Action Learning programme and 12 full business assists were achieved. in addition through our social mission we supported more than 10 start up enterprises completely free of charge amounting to around (£14,000) worth of support at our normal rates.
- 30 full business assists were achieved in the CEFS (2012-2015) programme with 20% responding to our impact survey. Our support helped these groups achieve an additional £398,000 income; create 22 jobs and six volunteer placements. Rolling this up to the full 30 organisations would suggest an increased income of nearly £2m and 110 new jobs.
- Within the Big Assist programme we have now completed 23 consultancy projects supporting voluntary sector infrastructure organisations to sustain their services through developing enterprise and traded activity. During these projects we have maintained a quality rating of 4.7/5.
- See our case studies here