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Solihull’s VCSE is Ready for Success

R4SDirectoryVCSE organisations working in Solihull are celebrating their achievements on Development in Social Enterprise’s Ready for Success project. The project followed our successful Community Enterprise for Success programmes of support for local VCSE organisations and has been funded by Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council’s transformation directorate.

The Ready for Success project is part of “Solihull Together for Better Lives” which aims to transform social care and health services to increase choice, control and independence by ensuring health and social care services meet current and future needs. 23 organisations took part in the bespoke programme of support designed to ensure organisations were prepared for future commissioning and procurement of services (tender ready).

In March 2016 organisations attended and awards ceremony to recognise their achievements and saw the formal launch of the Health and Wellbeing Networking Directory. Karen Murphy, Assistant Director, Public Health and Commissioning thanked the group for engaging with the six month business development programme. Karen continued “We know that the process of commissioning and procurement can cause anxiety for smaller local organisations, and not be a pleasant experience if ill prepared. Procurement practices have traditionally tended to favour big organisations and we hope programmes like this will go some way towards levelling the playing field. We are committed to investing in our local providers and this piece of work has flagged up learning for us too, things we can do better. Above all, we see you as our partners and thank you for the work you do.”

David Lane, Chief Executive at Development in Social Enterprise said: “Since last October we have worked closely with organisations delivering a wide range of services including advice and guidance, advocacy, mental health, recovery support, and therapeutic indoor and outdoor activities. There was a genuine desire amongst the group to identify and address development areas, explore business opportunities and build relationships with one another for the benefit of service users.”

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So that’s what a social enterprise is!

Social Enterprise is a way of doing business. Last Social Saturday (2015) we sponsored a range of video showcases to help you understand more about social enterprise and the varied things they do, see below.

If you need help and want to start or grow your social enterprise then give us a call 0121 667 6810.

WBC Fit Club CIC

 

The Olive Branch Kitchen CIC

 

Jericho Foundation (Charity) running a number of social enterprises here is the Print Works

Want to see more? Head over to our Youtube channel 

 

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Business Development Manager – Job- Solihull

SoLO Life Opportunities “Embracing Disability, Empowering Lives”

Business Development Manager. An exciting new opportunity has arisen within SoLO for the right person to join our Senior Management Team – are you that person? We are looking for an enthusiastic, confident, high achieving individual with marketing and bid writing experience at a senior level.

But we want more than this!  The right candidate would need to have a passion for ensuring that people with a learning disability are given an equal chance in life.  He or she would have experience in managing teams of people and have the ability to inspire, motivate and direct the current marketing and fundraising team.  He or she would need to demonstrate evidence of successful fundraising and bid writing with an understanding of how the voluntary sector works.

If appointed, you would become part of an exciting new programme of development, have the satisfaction of working in an environment which makes a difference to people’s lives and gain significant job satisfaction.

This appointment is subject to enhanced DBS clearance.

The post is a one year funded post, part time initially, starting at 25-30 hours a week (with opportunity to grow to full time and permanent), salary £18.18 an hour

For further information please contact Janet Down on 0121 779 3865 or by email Janet@solihullsolo.org  alternatively you can view the vacancy and download an application form from our website at www.solihullsolo.org

Due to nature of funding, the deadline for applications is 2nd May, 2016

Interviews will be held on 5th or 6th May.

 

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EY Entrepreneur of the Year awards closing date looming – Friday!

Our friend Melanie over at Social Investment Business dropped us a line to remind us that the entrepreneur of the year awards close on Friday.

Having worked in our region for Social Enterprise West Midlands she knows the spirit and passion of social entrepreneurs here and wouldn’t it be great if someone local won!

So if you know someone, or you think it could be you, why don’t you zap over to the website and apply… nothing ventured, nothing gained… someone once said!

So this is a last reminder entries close on Friday so there is still time to apply http://www.ey.com/UK/en/About-us/Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneur-Of-The-Year

Good luck!

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£10m fund to open in April

If you need £50,000 to £300,000 to support your community business to develop and grow then you’ll be pleased to know that the Power to Change £1om grant programme is opening a new funding round on 26th April 2016.

A few pointers:

Power to change is for community business rooted in the community with community ownership (check eligibility here) and in previous rounds it only funded 5% of applicants and more than two thirds of applications dd not meet their criteria. Funding will rarely exceed 75% of overall development costs.

Power to change is expecting this round will be highly competitive and is having further rounds in July and October. the fund expects to award relatively equal acorss each round.

Key dates to note:

  • 5 April: Full criteria will be published on the Power to Change Website the grants helpline will open to help you with your application and any questions you have about eligibility.
  • 19 April: They will host a free Q&A webinar about the programme.
  • 26 April – 1 June: First application window
  • July 2016: Second funding round opens
  • October 2016: Third funding round opens

To register your interest then click here

 

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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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Co-operatives Training

For those of you considering whether the co-operative model is right for you then look no further the Co-operatives Essential Training Package is now live.

The programme begins with a  Strategic Planning and Change Management session on Wednesday 16 March in Manchester. The participative full day training is designed to help businesses manage change and improve their approach to strategic planning.

On Tuesday 22 March, also in Manchester, they have an opening training event specifically designed for co-op secretaries. Oversubscribed last year, this session will cover a secretary’s duties and responsibilities – including legal requirements and best practice.

From sustainability and co-op marketing to effective meetings and director duties, the co-op training programme continues throughout the year, with sessions held in Bristol and London as well as Manchester.

For more infornmation and the full list of training courses , dates and locations http://www.uk.coop/developing-co-ops/training-events

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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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