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The Big Venture Challenge Open for Applications

Unltd are looking for 40 social enterprises who aim to scale up and grow. The Big Venture Challenge is an intensive programme of support and it is open to applications until 3rd of February 2015.

Unltd are looking for Social Ventures:

  • Looking to raise investment of between £50k-500k
  • sustainable business with identified and proven revenue streams, routes to market and an early track record of making sales
  • Clear on their Theory of Change with demonstrable social impact
  • Ambitious with plans to grow and scale

This year: In particular Unltd are  looking for Ventures from the South West and East of England and ventures that have a focus on Young People, Education or Employment. 

The venture must be based in England and have the majority of its social impact in the UK.  If that sounds like you then what is there to lose?

To find out more website https://unltd.org.uk/bvc/ or follow @bigventurechall #BVC2015.

Good Luck!


Social Enterprise West Midlands Awards 2014

141120 - sewm awards.smallBeing a social enterprise business support organisation we were pleased to sponsor Social Enterprise West Midlands SE Passion award this year.

The SE Passion Award was one which we picked as it recognises young people who are making great leaps in social enterprise.

The event held on Social Enterprise day (20th November) as part of Enterprise Week  was hosted by Birmingham University which was a fabulous setting for the awards.

Pictured above is the winner of SE Passion category Class Careers. Class Careers work to connect young people with enhanced education and early stage career opportunities”

(Left to right: Dave Lane CEO of Development in Social Enterprise, Christos Orthodoxou of Class Careers and Melanie Mills, Social Enterprise West Midlands Chief Executive, photograph credit Aidem Digital).

We’re committed to supporting social enterprises develop and we’re pleased to be demonstrating this support by sponsoring the awards. Being a social entrepreneur brings great rewards, but challenges in equal measure, that’s why we think recognising achievement in awards like this is essential. We’d like to congratulate all those nominated and wish you all every success in your social ventures.” (Dave Lane CE)

If you would like to read more about the winners see here






Have you seen TV ads for the Employment Allowance?

The Employment Allowance has been open for claims since 6 April this year, however, not many employers are aware of it.

The scheme enables employers to reduce the amount of National Insurance contributions (NICs) they pay for their employees by up to £2,000.

Social enterprises and charities are eligible and if you usually pay less than £2,000 in National Insurance Contributions, you could be a lot better off!

The Government says that up to 1.25 million businesses and charities will benefit from Employment Allowance. Around 450,000 businesses and charities won’t have to pay any employer National Insurance contributions at all.

Find out more and check your eligibility


Warm welcome to Suzanne

Joining the team at Development in Social Enterprise is Suzanne Detton who will be supporting our business support projects and also taking care of our marketing communications.

Suzanne has a degree in Geography from Staffordshire University and her passion for research led her to discover the world of social enterprise whilst on placement with the Aspire Housing Group.

“I really enjoyed my first taste of social enterprise and when I saw the opportunity to work for DISE through the Graduate Advantage scheme, I jumped at the chance to apply.

“So far I’ve been working on a number of market research projects to support my colleagues at DISE and also had the chance to attend a networking event at the new Chelmund’s Cross Enterprise Centre in Solihull. It was a great opportunity to meet DISE clients and I hope to meet many more in the coming months and learn about their work.”

Suzanne is based at our Birmingham office and looks forward to being the first point of contact for our clients whether you’re calling or visiting.


New contract win! Worcester Volunteer Centre

Development in Social Enterprise are delighted to be working with Worcester Volunteer Centre under the BIG Assist programme.

Over the next few months we will be supporting staff, managers and trustees to find creative and enterprising ways to maximise their ability to provide core services to the voluntary and community sector in Worcester. Established in 1986, volunteering is at the heart of their many services which Worcester people rely on each day.

Worcester Wheels provides community transport for elderly and vulnerable people clocking up 400 single trips every week. Your Helping Hand provides dog walking, shopping and gardening services to enable people to remain safe and independent in their own homes for as long as possible. Their supported volunteering programme Choices has already helped 100 young people by giving them the extra support they need to enjoy the many rewards volunteering can offer. There are also a number of organisational development and business training courses on offer plus local organisations accessing the Creative Partnerships voucher scheme need look no further for marketing and funding consultancy. All these projects and services and more are detailed on the new Worcester Volunteer Centre website.

If you’re interested in learning more about our work with Worcester Volunteer Centre please contact us on 0121 667 6810 or email info@disecic.org.