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£150m Endowed to Power to Change

Power to Change announced yesterday (22/01/2015) that is has now received £150m endowment from the Big Lottery to support the development and sustainability of community businesses.

The funding is endowed to the independent trust who will managed the funding. It’s early days yet so we do not have all the details on what or how the funding may work, but it is likely to be a mixture of loans and consultancy / development support.

At the moment the programme is looking for “Community Business Champions” to register their interest so if you are running a community business or considering setting one up do take a look at their website http://www.thepowertochange.org.uk/ we will keep an eye out and keep you posted here too!



Job Opportunity – Transform West Midlands

Transform West Midlands CIC require a – Business Development Officer

  • Are you interested in social justice and equality?
  • Could you take a project from an acorn and turn it into an oak?
  • Are you looking for an opportunity to excel in community and business development?

Transform West Midlands is a community interest company that aims to increase employment prospects for young people through improving housing, particularly in areas of disadvantage.

Transform West Midlands are looking for a half-time Business Development Officer to lead the company through its first projects.  This will include developing our business through appropriate partnerships, business and financial planning and securing further funding and investment.

To apply, please email rowena@transformwm.org.uk for a job description and person specification. We encourage creative applications which display your unique skills and experience, along with a letter explaining why you are the person for the job.

Application deadline: 22nd January 2015

Interviews will be held on 2nd February 2015


Recruiting 250 Social Entrepreneurs

The School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) is looking for 250 new social enterprise ideas for the Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs programme!

If you have a new business or project that will make a positive difference in your community, SSE & and the Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Programme wants to hear from you. The programme offers a fully funded year of training and a £4,000 grant to help you get started.  Applications for the Programme are open from 2nd February until 2nd April 2015.  For more information and details of how to apply visit http://bitly.com/1eA5RjQ


Freelance consultancy – Fundraising Manager

Jericho Foundatiion, along with four other voluntary sector organisations, has identified a building from which they wish to deliver a holistic package of support services to marginalised communities in inner city Birmingham.

Jericho now wishes to identify a fundraiser who will secure the resources for the building (approx. £250K) and develop a long term fundraising strategy for its sustainability.

Role:   This new role will provide a great opportunity for a senior fundraiser to work with Jericho and the collaborations development manager as they embark on a period of significant growth and development.

You will be responsible for raising the funds for the building and developing a long term fundraising strategy for its sustainability.  As well as sourcing revenue funding for the joint and individual needs of consortium members.

You should have a proven track record of raising funds for capital projects from a diverse number of sources including the Big Lottery, GMT, central and local government, public and corporate sectors.

The successful applicant/s will be innovative, inspirational and energetic in approach and will empathise fully with the charity’s aims and ambitions. Ideally, you will be a member of the Institute of Fundraising Managers or equivalent.

We will consider offers on a paid fee basis but offers where some or all of the fees are paid on a commission basis may be considered favourably.

Please submit your 2 page proposal to richard.beard@jericho.org.uk    and ceo@bethelnetwork.co.uk  by Friday 23rd January 2015.


Impact Readiness Fund

A quick post before we sign off for the Christmas break.

Are you a social venture that aims to seek investment or new contracts? Would improving and demonstrating your social impact help you to get there?

If the answer’s yes then you may want to have a look at the (time-limited) Social Investment Business (SIB) Impact Readiness Fund http://www.sibgroup.org.uk/impactready/criteria/

You’ll need to work with an “approved provider” (we know a few and can help here too) and meet the qualification criteria below.

  • Organisations must be social ventures that tackle social problems, are financially sustainable and want to scale up (this includes registered charities, social enterprises, companies limited by guarantee with charitable aims, Community Interest Companies, mutuals).
  • Must be based in England and this funding must support only work that will be done in England
  • Must be able to demonstrate a strong commitment to securing investment (not grant finance), or to delivering public or private sector contracts
  • Have a strong track record of delivery
  • Provide clear and specific plans to build their ability to articulate their impact and to raise investment / win contracts. Applications must outline specific milestones and outcomes that will be achieved as a result of the grant
  • Applications should be for a new project or significant additional activities that meet the above aims
  • Applicants will be required to address the following in their grant applications: theory of change, beneficiaries, wider impact
  • Able to complete work plan within a maximum period of three months

Good luck and Merry Christmas!


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.