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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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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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