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To Trustee or Not to Trustee

Have you conisdered becoming a Trustee or a Non Executive Director?

If you have we know charities (and social enterprises) that may value your help and support! Get in touch. 0121 667 6810 – info@disecic.org

If you haven’t then have a quick read below and see if you may be interested.

There are many benefits to becoming a trustee or non executive director of a charity or social enterprise, apart from helping a good cause in a leaderhsip role you may also:

  • Develop and refine your skills at a strategic level
  • Enhance your CV
  • Put your skills to good use and learn new skills
  • Support a cause that is close to your heart or that of someone close to you
  • Meet new and interesting people from all walks of life

If you are employed by a large company or public sector organisation then they may well have a corporate volunteer policy that could mean paid release whilst undertaking trustee duties so it may be easier than you think.

If you are unemployed then you may be able to develop your skills and enhance your CV.

All trustees and non executive directors are unpaid (volunteer) positions, but you will not be out of pocket, all exxpenses can be claimed.

Charities are looking for all sorts of skilled people to support them on their boards, but we’ve noted a particualr shortfall in:

  • People with commercial enterprise skills,
  • Business planning and monitoring,
  • Legal and para legal,
  • Marketing and Communications,
  • Accountancy,
  • Property management
  • Information and Coomunication Technology.

So if you want to make a difference then please do get in touch and we’ll help match you with a goood cause. 0121 667 6810 info@disecic.org

 

 

 

 

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New £1m Coop Support Programme Launched Today

Firstly we’d like to say we’re extremely pleased to have been selected as a preferred supplier for business support on this new initiative and look forward to helping cooperatives develop and grow, but now what you really want to know.

The Hive a new programme of business support for people wanting to start or grow co-operatively run organisations has been launched today.

Run by Co-operatives UK, the network for Britain’s thousands of co-operatives, in partnership with The Co-operative Bank, The Hive will provide mix of online resources, training, advice and peer mentoring to organisations and start-ups right across a range the co-operative sector.

You might run a co-op already and want to strengthen it, be at the early stages of starting-up your business, or considering converting your organisation to co-operative or community ownership.

From renewables to retail, sports to social care, if you’re looking for business support, The Hive is for you.

See how The Hive can help you build a better co-operative business.

View a short film here

www.thehive.coop

 

 

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Open to Applications

The Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Start Up programme is open for applications.

Now we’ve got your attention. The school for Social Entrepreneurs (Midlands) is open to applications. We are proud to work with the School for Entrepreneurs as “Expert Witnesses” on their Social Enterprise Start up programme not just because their Learning Manager (2015) said “every start-up programme should start with Development in Social Enterprise”, but because it’s probably the best start up programme for social entrepreneurs in the Midlands.

The programme offers:

  • 14 days of learning over a 12 month period starting in October
  • A mentor from Lloyds Bank
  • A £4000 grant to help get your idea off the ground.

As you can see the programme is an extensive action learning programme with a grant and therefore places are highly contested, but if you don’t apply you won’t be in the running!

They are holding an Information and Taster session in Birmingham in the evening of 3rd March to help you find out more and provide insight into what a successful application looks like – Book a place now.

The deadline for full applications is 1:00 pm on 21st March. Applications here https://www.the-sse.org/courses/start-up/

Good Luck!

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School For Social Entrepreneurs (Midlands) Open for Applications

The Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Start Up programme at the School for Social Entrepreneurs in the Midlands is open for applications. Around 40 places are being offered.
The programme is free to attend and offers:

  • 14 days of learning over 12 months starting in October 2016
  • A mentor from Lloyds Banking Group
  • £4000 grant from Big Lottery to help get your idea started.

You will learn the key things that you need to know about running a successful social enterprise. You will learn with a group of like-minded individuals who will support you and encourage you.

Previous participants have described the programme as ‘Transformational’, ‘Inspiring’, ‘Essential’, ‘Brilliant’, ‘Priceless’ and ‘Hugely enjoyable’.

 

https://www.the-sse.org/courses/start-up/

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Awarding Times

Well it’s been a busy few weeks with our recent move to our brand spanking new office in the purpose built Solihull Enterprise Centre, but our highlight has been the West Midland Region – Social Enterprise Awards. For the second year running Development in Social Enterprise sponsored Social Enterprise West Midland’s SE Passion Award.

SE passion is about recognising the achievements of young social entrepreneurs who have adopted the social enterprise model as a way of doing business and are having impact in the region.

BEATFREAKSAWARD1This year we were extremly pleased to award Beatfreaks (pictured to the left) the top award. Betafreaks are an amaising, entusiastic and high energy social enterprise that engages young people through the medium of art, giving them a platform for social action which they have termed “ARTIVISM”. Check them out a truly inspiring social enterprise, with high impact and bound to go far.

And that’s not all, many of you will know our CEO David Lane who also picked up an award on the night. David received Highly Commended SE Professional award which was sponsored by Anthony Collins Solicitors, recognising his ongoing committment and achievements in helping social enterprises develop and grow over many years.

If you would like to see all the award winners and the category then visit Social Enterprise West Midlands here.

Well done to all the winners and a big conratulations to SEWM for another fabulous awards night.

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Want to find out more about the School for Social Entrepreneurs?

The West Midlands School for Social Entrepreneurs is holding an information event ahead of its next round of recruitment. If you’re interested in the programme why not pop along to find out more?

Demand for the Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Start Up programme at the School for Social Entrepreneurs is high; so they are starting taster and information sessions early for our 2016/17 intake.

The programme provides 15 days of support, a Big Lottery grant of £4000 for participants, plus a mentor from Lloyds Bank over a 12 month period. As a result, demand outstrips the number of places they can offer – around 20 in the West Midlands and 20 in the East Midlands.

Their next programme starts in October 2016 and applications can be made between 1 February and 21 March 2016.

To help you understand more about the programme, decide if its right for you and get some useful tips and guidance on applying, we are running our first ‘taster session’ in Birmingham on 17 December from 5:30 to 8:00 pm.

More information and booking https://ssemidlands.typeform.com/to/irdQlA

 

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Enterprise Centre Official Opening 29/1/2015

Seven Star Photography 1A very impressive turnout for the official opening of the Enterprise Centre at Chelmund’s Cross, Solihull on 29th January 2015.

The event was hosted by Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council (SMBC) and it was a great success. A variety of people turned up to witness the Key note speakerMelody Hossaini speak passionately about Social Enterprises and how to do good business and the official opening by Caroline Spellman MP, Councillor Ian Courts, the Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Land and Economic Development and local representatives from the Chelmund’s Cross community.

In the touchdown space at the back of the building, there were networking opportunities and support services available.

Social enterprises including Development in Social Enterprise, DYNAMIC Marketing, Social Enterprise West Midlands and Colebridge Trust lined the bottom half of the room with banners and an array of marketing materials, all available for visitors to have a look, speak to someone and take away something valuable with after the event.

Coventry University and Birmingham Chambers of Commerce also set up stalls alongside the social enterprises with marketing materials for attendees to access information and promote business networking.

Catering for the event was provided by Janine Mcmahon and the team at The Olive Branch Kitchen, who use all locally sourced goods which are made on site at the kitchen only 20 metres away from The Enterprise Centre.

Overall it was a very enjoyable evening with good networking opportunities for local social enterprises and community groups within the Solihull area.

Photograph credit: Seven Star Photography, 29/01/2015

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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

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