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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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Chelmsley Wood gets its chips

Chelmund’s Fish and Chips –  Chelmsley Wood gets its chips

A community owned chip shop? When you say it, it seems an obvious idea! Chelmsley Wood, in north Solihull, is about to have what they believe to be the country’s first community owned chippy.

It all started a couple of years ago when four local organisations saw an opportunity to benefit the local economy on every level. ‘We saw new shop units going up as part of Solihull MBC regeneration program,’ says Neil Roberts from Chelmsley Wood Baptist Church, one of the partners, ‘and we though, someone will put a chippy in there, why not us? We talked with Central England Co-Op who were building the units and they were supportive of the idea and asked us to submit a proposal.’

What followed was two years of planning, negotiating and a few sleepless nights. Four local organisations formed a social enterprise to manage the new business. These were the local churches (St Andrew’s and Chelmsley Wood Baptist), Development in Social Enterprise (a local social enterprise consultancy firm), Olive Branch Kitchen (a community café) and Three Trees Community Centre. Alan Crawford, manager at Three Trees continues, ‘The four partners brought the skills required, community development, business planning and catering, and formed the dream team for a community owned business.’

The partners emphasise that the chippy is a business, not a charitable project. ‘The only difference between us and the next business along is that a social enterprise is set up to reinvest its profit back into its community’, explains Dave Lane. ‘It is a business model, but the profits are locked in to guarantee community benefit.’ There is an emphasis on employing local people and using local supplies wherever possible, as well as the extra benefits to the local economy as money stays in the community rather than going to distant shareholders or centralised national offices.

So what is the plan? The shop, called Chelmund’s Fish and Chips, opens for business on Thursday 1st March. ‘People aren’t camping outside yet,’ jokes Mitchell Sherriff, the new manager, ‘but I wouldn’t be surprised given the number of people saying how long they’ve been waiting a chippy!’. Once the shop is operational, after overheads, any profits will be reinvested back into the community. Mike Harmon, the local Anglican vicar, says, ‘the money belongs to the community, we’ll use it to support local projects and events, and in the longer term we’ll be looking to start new businesses up and offer even more employment and opportunity.’

Come along and try us out!

Chelmund’s Fish & Chips, 856 Chester Road, Chelmund’s Cross, B37 7WG

Twitter @chelmundschippy

Facebook      facebook.com/ChelmundsChippy/

 

The partners:

Chelmsley Wood Baptist Church             www.cwbaptistchurch.com/

Three Trees                                                   www.3trees.org.uk/

St Andrew’s                                                  www.standrewschelmsleywood.co.uk/

Development in Social Enterprise           http://disecic.org/

Olive Branch Kitchen                                  just turn up and have a chat!

 

For background to the council regeneration program visit http://www.northsolihull.co.uk/village-centres

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2017 Social Enterprise Survey is live

Social Enterprise UK’s bi- annual (2017) survey is open. If you are a social enterprise we want to encourage you to take part, see below for further information.

As a social enterprise development organisation working throughout the Midlands (a further at times) we are keen supporters of the sector and the development of the social enterprise economy. Much of our work and support programmes are based on key data and information about the sector.

We therefore want to highlight to our clients, friends and visitors that the national bi-annual survey undertaken by Social Enterprise UK is now open and we’d like to encourage all social enterprises big or small to take part.

You can read previous reports by visiting SEUK’s site here.

You can go to the live survey by going here

Thanks it will really help the sector to have up-to-date- quality information on it’s current position.

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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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