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Two new support programmes open for applications!

Our friends over at the School for Social Entrpreneurs (Midlands) are celebrating their sixth birthday and have two new programmes open for budding social entrepreneurs and recently established community businesses.

Here at DISE we often work with SSE Midlands as an expert witness in their start up programmes and we think the model of action learning support with a bit of seed funding is one of the best social enterprise start up programmes going, so encourange you to apply, here’s what’s on offer:

Environmental Entrepreneurs

SSE (Midlands) are looking to support 15 leaders of community organisations working specifically in the West Midlands and North of England. The programme is funded by the Co-operative Foundation. It is aimed at early stage community led, environmentally focussed organisations looking to move from a start up phase.  The programme is a particpatory learning and development programme which will take place in various locations across the West Midlands and North of England.

Applications are open now and the deadline is 1:00PM on 31st October.
Apply via https://www.the-sse.org/courses/environmental-entrepreneurs-programme/

Community Business Trade Up

The Community Business Trade Up Programme is run in partnership with Power to Change and the National Lottery Community Fund. Comes with a Match Trading grant of up to £10,000.

Applicants must be leading organisations that are:

  • Locally rooted – your organisation exists to benefit your local neighbourhood, village or town; your local area is at the heart of what you do
  • Accountable to the local community – you consult local people about what you do, and communicate with them
  • Trading for the benefit of the local community – you want to increase your income from trading by at least £10,000 in the next year, with profits re-invested to benefit your local community
  • Making a broad community impact – what you do engages different groups of people from your local area

The deadline for applications is 1:00PM on 27th November 2019.
Apply via bit.ly/SSECBTU2020
Anyone interested to know more can join an online webinar – Monday 7th October 12:00 to 1:00PM

 

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General Manager at Moseley Road Baths

12 month post with possible extension subject to funding.

£26,000 per annum pro rata for up to 15 hours per week.

Can you take our amazing community swimming enterprise to the next level?

We are looking for a dynamic and self motivated individual to manage and develop our fantastic heritage swimming facility for an initial period of 12 months.

Moseley Road Baths Charitable Incorporated Organisation (MRBCIO) took over the management of Moseley Road Baths in April 2018.  MRBCIO has substantially grown swimming numbers, built a great staff and volunteer team and developed its business in the intervening 16 months.

We are now seeking an experienced General Manager with primary responsibility in people and team development and overall customer service to keep the Baths thriving, whilst ensuring business, financial and operational targets are met.

  • The General Manager will report to the Board of Trustees and will be responsible for:
  • Oversight of delivering the MRBCIO strategy as directed by Trustees
  • Managing and developing the MRBCIO team, supported by OMs who line manage staff and volunteers.
  • Managing, monitoring, evaluating and reporting on MRBCIO activity, including coordinating between strands of work
  • Participating in business development and MRB coalition activity alongside trustees and others
  • Leading engagement to create a sustainable community volunteering network and liaising with local partners.
  • Have an understanding of MRBCIO’s budgeting and take into account the financial implications of proposals and decisions.

If you believe you have the skills and qualities to be a driving force for one of Birmingham’s most active community buildings, we want to hear from you.  Please visit www.moseleyroadbaths.org.uk/general-manager-opportunity for the full job description, person specification and guidance on how to apply.

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Social Investment Tax Relief

If your answer to the heading is what? Then, perhaps this is for you.

Our friends over at Resonance SITR Fund are holding their first annual marketplace event on 20th June 2019 in Birmingham City Centre at the Studio.

The event will bring together investors, investees and stakeholders from across the West Midlands, to celebrate all that’s been achieved in the first year since the Fund’s launch, as well as looking forward to the year ahead. You will hear from a variety of social enterprises tackling poverty and disadvantage in the region through our live Marketplace, as well as the investors backing them, and a range of Wealth Managers and Financial Advisors that are supporting their clients to invest for impact.

You can also get your hands on some top social enterprise products through our ‘Buy Social’ Give Away.

Canapés & Wine will be served by Award Winning Social Enterprise, Change Kitchen.

Spaces are limited so please register for your ticket here

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Trustees Wanted

Our friends and clients over at Moseley Road Baths (a community run Edwardian swimming baths with Grade II* listing) are looking for trustees. If you’re looking for an interesting leadership role then this might be for you, see below.

We’re seeking new trustees to join the Moseley Road Baths CIO board and help us continue to develop MRB as a successful community pool. Might this be you?

We’re looking for people with passion and active commitment to MRB and the time to get involved. In particular:

  • A treasurer
  • A communications lead OR a fundraising lead
  • Someone with knowledge of swimming as a sector.

Volunteers, swimmers and local people are particularly welcome to apply! See http://moseleyroadbaths.org.uk/new-trustees. Closing date 29th April 2019.

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The Hidden Revolution

A recent report (The Hidden Revolution) published by Social Enterprise UK in Autumn 2018, looked into the size and scale of the social enterprise sector in the UK. The Hidden Revolution noted that the sector is 3 times the size of the agricultural sector and the top 5 social enterprises pay more tax than Amazon, Facebook and Starbucks combined.

It went on to note other key statistics which show the sector is significant and has been underestimated in the past. The report identified that:

  • There are more than 100,000 social enterprises in the UK
  • They are worth £60bn to UK GDP
  • They employ more than 2 million people which is around 5% of the UK workforce

Now we are probably biased here, but it makes good sense to us to have a social enterprise business model which uses business principles to create a positive impact on society. In our opinion social enterprises provide much greater value than the traditional business model which serves to line the pockets of directors and shareholders, as social enterprise distribute wealth more evenly.

So we encourage you to read the report, spread the word about social enterprise as a sustainable and good business model and help the hidden revolution and social enterprises become visible to the general public.

 

 

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Third Sector Leaders Programme

Our friends at the School for Social Entrepreneurs Midlands have asked us to let you this free digital leaders programme.

The School for Social Entrepreneurs and Zoe Amar Digital have partnered to deliver Third Sector Digital Leaders, a course to help charity, social enterprise and non-profit leaders to be confident about leading digital change in their organisations, helping them be more sustainable and relevant and creating the digital leaders of tomorrow.

This Free 4 day course is aimed at CEOs, trustees, directors and heads of digital at charities, voluntary & community organisations and social enterprises.

The course will take place from 10:30am – 4:30pm in Birmingham across four dates: 18th March, 19th March, 28th March, and 29th March.

The deadline to apply is 5pm on 15th February.

Previous participants, who paid to come on this course, have said …

“A really useful and crucial course. This is one of the biggest areas for CEOs in the 3rd Sector.” Simon Hopkins, Turn2Us.

“This course was amazing, a real transformational learning experience. Really practical and useful and will frame our whole approach to digital”. Tracey Franklin, Inspire.

For more information and to apply for a place, go to  https://www.the-sse.org/courses/third-sector-digital-leaders-birmingham/

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Community Enterprise for Success

News about CEFS

The Community Enterprise for Success programme, supported by Solihull Council, Greater Birmingham & Solihull LEP and part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund, ends on 31st March 2019.

Over the course of 2.5 years, CEFS has provided business advice, consultancy and training to over 65 individuals from more than 50 organisations in the Borough to increase their sustainability through trading activity and is currently supporting a cohort of six social enterprise start-ups.

Given the level of economic uncertainty, a similar package of enterprise support for VCSE organisations is not expected in the foreseeable future. We are therefore encouraging organisations to access the 12 hours of fully funded bespoke consultancy while it is available.

We are accepting a final round of registrations which is open until 28th January 2019 from organisations who have not already received support. Please complete the attached form and email to info@disecic.org so that we can check your eligibility. We are also accepting expressions of interest from start-ups.

If you are already on the programme, we advise you to note the timescales above and continue engagement with our advisers to progress agreed workplans.

Development in Social Enterprise will continue to operate in Solihull and look at funding options to work with organisations who are unable to pay for our services. We hope the programme has had a positive impact for your organisation and we look forward to working with you in the future and wish you every success.

 

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Match Trading Opportunity Open

Our friends over at the School for Social Entrepreneurs Midlands have asked us to highlight the Match Trading programme that’s now open for applications… see details:

More power to community businesses, with up to £10,000 and a learning programme on offer to help them grow.

Eligibility

The organisation must have been established and run by a group of people from a local (geographic) community for the benefit of that community.

Applications are now open for the Community Business Trade Up Programme, run by the School for Social Entrepreneurs in partnership with Power to Change

Community businesses across England can now apply for a learning programme and a grant matched to their earnings of up to £10,000, to support their growth and increase the difference they make to their local area.

The Community Business Trade Up Programme, run by the School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE), in partnership with Power to Change, is open for applications until Thursday 14th February 2019. This is the third year the programme has run.

The programme supports the leaders of community businesses with:

  • a Match Trading™ grant of up to £10,000
  • a fully funded nine-month learning programme (consisting of 12 learning days)
  • a community of supportive peers

The Match Trading™ grant, created by SSE, is a new type of grant-funding that pound-for-pound matches an increase in income from trading. By rewarding sales growth, Match Trading incentivises social organisations to develop their trading base, so they can build stronger futures.

Think this is for you – see this link to begin https://www.the-sse.org/courses/community-business/

More info

Community businesses from across England can find out more and apply
now until Thursday 14th February 2019, at:
https://www.the-sse.org/community-business 

Information Sessions across the Midlands.
Coventry – 9th Jan – Book via
Central Birmingham – 16th Jan – Book via
Leicester – 23rd Jan – Book via
Smetwick – 30th Jan – Book via

Good Luck!

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Could you be a Trustee at Wildside?

Wildside Activity Centre                                              

WildsideWildside is seeking new Board members. This is a fantastic opportunity to be part of a small fast-developing charity in a critically important role. We need Board members who will share our ethos and help us to continue to grow our programmes.

Wildside is a small charity based by the canal less than two miles from Wolverhampton City Centre. All ages, all abilities – we reconnect people with nature. We offer environmental and adventurous activities, creating high quality opportunities for outdoor learning, health and wellbeing and outdoor pursuits. We particularly seek to reach groups suffering deprivation or disability.

We would especially welcome to the Board people who share the ethos of the Centre and have experience and skills in the private sector, in finance, marketing or social media. The Board meets 6 to 8 times a year and all Board members also give time in some capacity between meetings. We were recently winners in the People’s Project Awards with our project Wellbeing at Wildside. You can see the film about the project at

https://www.thepeoplesprojects.org.uk/projects/view/wellbeing-at-wildside

Wildside Activity Centre, Hordern Road, Whitmore Reans WV6 0HA

01902 572240   http://www.wildsideac.co.uk/

 Charity number: 1059246 Company number: 03241721                             

 

If you are interested in membership of the Board, please contact Liz Hoggarth on 01902 572240 for a full information pack, or email lizh@wildsideac.co.uk. If you would like an informal discussion about the role, please contact Liz on the number above. There is no closing date and applications are welcome at any time.

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DISE funds start-up grants for community enterprises in Solihull

New community enterprises in Solihull can get a boost with grants of up to £500 from the Social Enterprise Development Foundation CIO backed by Development in Social Enterprise (DISE).

Individuals and informal groups with business ideas that will help their local community can apply to receive a package of support which includes a grant, business consultancy and training to give them the best possible start.

It is hoped the initiative will help to stimulate a new wave of community businesses in Solihull, similar to Chelmund’s Fish and Chips, which caught the headlines when it opened as Britain’s first community chip shop earlier this year.

The start-up fund has been made possible by DISE, which donates its profits to the Social Enterprise Development Foundation to help community groups grow their ideas.

David Lane, MD of DISE said:

“We’re pleased to be able to offer community members and groups small grants to stimulate their ideas and get their community businesses going, as many early stage organisations find it hard to find funding to get their ideas off the ground.”

The grant complements Solihull’s Community Enterprise for Success programme, which offers two days business support to social sector organisations, enabling beneficiaries to get the best possible start.

The grant can be used to cover expenses such as business registration, travel, marketing and event costs.

Applicants are invited to complete an expression of interest form by 9am on 22 October, outlining their plans and how the fund could assist them.

Download an application pack and check eligibility here 

Notes

The Social Enterprise Development Foundation is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO No 1162437). It was set up in 2015 to:

  • Provide incubator and hub spaces for enterprises
  • Provide enterprise development support, advice and guidance
  • Provide small organisations and start up enterprises with development grants.

For more information visit http://sedf-cio.org.uk

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