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“When you do the common things in life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world.” George Washington Carver

What is Social Entrepreneurship?

Statement of Faith
You can find other “Market with Meaning” but you definitely want to see “Profit with Purpose”.
I personally “Believe in Kingdom Transformation” because I know there is only ONE “Life for Significant”.

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Social Enterprise Coalition Newsletter 06-08-2010

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Social Enterprise Coalition activity




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Social Enterprise Coalition activity 

Lenny and Amelie at Emmaus Leeds

Annual photography competition to capture business at its best launched

Images which show business at its best are being sought as part of a national photo competition for social enterprises. 

‘Social Vision: business at its best’ is looking for images that capture the unique and transformative work of social enterprise. Now in its third year, the photography competition is for the first time being jointly run by Triodos Bank and the Social Enterprise Coalition, in association with Social Enterprise magazine.

Business at its best is about transforming lives through enterprising ideas and solutions; it’s about social and environmental missions guiding the way to financial stability and a more just and sustainable world.

Social enterprises are businesses trading for social and environmental purposes.  Simply put, they use the power of business to address some of society’s most pressing challenges. 

We’re looking for images that show the passion, people and places using enterprise to drive positive change.  So if you’re working for a social enterprise take a photo that highlights your day to day activities and tell us the story behind the image.

The winning photographer will receive a cash prize of £750. The social enterprise featured in the photograph will also win £750 along with one year’s free membership to the Social Enterprise Coalition, an entry ticket for two people to Voice 11, a year’s subscription to Social Enterprise magazine and £1000 worth of print advertising in Social Enterprise magazine.

Regional heats will be taking place in each of the nine English regions and in Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland before the finalists go head to head to win the overall prize. The UK winner will be decided by an online public vote. All of the shortlisted photos will go on display in London during November and will be used to create a new 2011 photographic calendar. The competition opens today and will close on Friday 1 October 2010 at 5pm.  The regional finalists will be announced on Social Enterprise Day, Thursday 18 November. 

For more information including full terms and conditions visit the Social Vision webpage.

Assistance for researchers

We at SEC are keen to help postgraduate and other researchers with their work in the social enterprise field.

Owing to the high number of requests for assistance we receive and our limited resources to respond to these individually, we will now be holding a monthly open hour when researchers can come in and meet with us to discuss their work and any aspects we can help with, as well as link with each other.

Our next open hour will be on Thursday 26th August at 3pm with Head of Policy Ceri Jones and Senior Research Officer Lidija Mavra.

For more information contact Lidija on lidija.mavra@socialenterprise.org.uk. 

Public Policy Seminar – ‘Social Enterprise, Procurement and the Role of Local Government’

26th July

This seminar was the last in the current series organised by the Social Enterprise Coalition (SEC), Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) and Communities & Local Government (CLG) addressing issues of importance to social enterprise.

The subject was ‘Social Enterprise, Procurement and the Role of Local Government’ and addressed a number of questions including:

  • Is the Big Society a time-limited offer given the ‘cliff’ in March 2011?
  • What is/will be the impact of the Big Society agenda on commissioning and procurement of smaller organisations?
  • Can we identify examples of good practice?
  • What are the challenges for local government in policy, commissioning and procurement that make it harder for them to get the most out of social enterprises?
  • What do social enterprises need to know about local government in order to engage more effectively and demonstrate their value?

The seminar was chaired by Linda Damerell, London Regional Development Manager of the DTA. Other contributors were Professor Tony Bovaird, Professor of Public Management and Policy and the Third Sector Research Centre, University of Birmingham, Reverend Tim Curtis, Senior Lecturer in Social Enterprise at the University of Northampton Business School, Dai Powell from HCT Group, David Tootill from Southbank Mosaics, and Ceri Jones, Head of Policy at the Social Enterprise Coalition.

The emphasis of the seminar was on interaction, active learning and personal knowledge exchange – key recommendations agreed on by all participants are being written up by the ESRC and will be presented to CLG.

There was very positive feedback from attendees including Brian Millington, Enterprise Initiatives Officer at Enfield Council, who said:

“This seminar was really inspiring and engaging, and had an excellent balance between academics, public sector and practitioners. More please!” 


Ambassadors continue their efforts to get social enterprises involved in the 2012 Olympics

The ambassadors’ efforts to get social enterprises involved in the 2012 Olympics have continued this month with Sophi Tranchell and Dai Powell attending a Roundtable Discussion on 13 July entitled ‘Olympic Legacy – Making the Difference’ hosted by the Guardian in partnership with Social Enterprise London (SEL).

The discussion looked at how social enterprise can contribute to the legacy of the Games beyond 2012. Several social enterprises, including Dai Powell’s company transport enterprise HCT, are already involved in the Olympics.

For more info on the event, see this piece in Guardian Public and Allison Ogden-Newton’s blog about it.

Additionally, Sam Conniff’s youth social enterprise, Livity, is working with Channel 4 and the Legacy Trust UK to ensure that young people get access to space within the Olympic village to work on projects they are passionate about. The programme is called somewhereto and is for 16-25 year olds. along with activity designed to promote social enterprise amongst young people.

For more on this and all the latest Social Enterprise Ambassadors news visit the website.

Shop4change launch

Campaign launched to combat public sector spending cuts

In a bid to combat the effects of significant public sector spending cuts and keep the third sector flourishing, iSE (Initiative for Social Entrepreneurs) with support from Be Birmingham has launched a campaign to increase the amount of inter-trading within the sector.

The ‘Shop for Change’ campaign aims to make it easier for social enterprises in Birmingham to buy business goods and services from each other.  It involves finding out about and raising awareness of what is already on offer as well as supporting start ups to fill any gaps.  Third sector organisations are also being called on to sign a pledge to put social enterprise at the top of their ‘shopping’ list.

Around 100 people attended the launch and their organisations signed the pledge.  “We were delighted by the energy and enthusiasm in the room,” says Sarah Crawley, Chief Executive of iSE. “People embraced the concept and immediately started making contacts and discussing opportunities to work together.” 

For more information visit the i-SE website.

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Social Firms UK reports 32% growth in the sector

Social Firms UK has published its Mapping Report – the first detailed report on the Social Firm sector since 2006.

The findings show that:

  • The Social Firm sector has grown 32% since 2006
  • 58% of the Social Firm workforce are severely disadvantaged
  • 74% of Social Firms earn 75% of their income from trade rather than subsidies or grants
  • People with mental health needs is the largest target employee group
  • Catering, Recycling & Horticulture are the top three trading sectors

Download the full report for free here.


Unseen Tours: London’s Street Voices

Throughout August

Unique walking tours led by homeless guides, brought to you by Sock Mob Events and hosted by the London Fringe Festival 2010. 

Unseen Tours provide an alternative and exciting perspective on well-known historical landmarks and the lesser-known nooks and crannies of London. Led by homeless guides with their own distinctive styles and life histories, each tour has its own personality as it uncovers London’s hidden history and present-day reality from their perspectives.

The tours take place in two areas, London Bridge and Shoreditch, both containing powerful symbols of the city’s diversity and social change. These are tours with a social conscience, appealing to Londoners and visitors alike, and anyone who wants to connect with people from different walks of life.

Unseen Tours will challenge your view of what it means to be a person living in London. The tours will also directly contribute to improving the quality of life of some of London’s most marginalised people.

Tours of Shoreditch and London Bridge take place between 6th – 30th August, every Wednesday–Sunday, starting at 7pm Weds–Fri and 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

Tickets cost £5 and the lion’s share will go to the guides themselves, enabling them to make a living and improve their situations. All profits will be reinvested back into Sock Mob Events, a spin-off social enterprise inspired by The Sock Mob, to train more guides and continue to build their skills and creativity.

Click here to book tickets or email walk@sockmobevents.org.uk for more information… or just turn up on the night!

The Shoreditch walk meets at Old Street tube station, above Exit 1. The London Bridge walk meets at the main Tooley Street exit outside London Bridge tube station (opposite the London Experience). Tour customers are advised to look out for our home made cardboard signs!

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Legal Structures for the Third Sector

13 and 14 October

The course from the London Rebuilding Society (LRS) covers all the different constitutional options (Co-op, CIC, IPS, Co Ltd, Co Ltd by Guarantee, etc.) and their advantages and disadvantages – fundamental knowledge for anyone advising social enterprises or voluntary bodies venturing into trading.

£300 per participant (including all teas, coffees, and lunch) total for both days with no VAT to pay.

Full details of the course programme can be found here or please contact LRS for further information.

Writing Funding Applications to Trusts and Foundations

23 September

This free seminar from the London Rebuilding Society is aimed at either trustees or managers responsible for writing funding application and offers an introduction or refresher for those new, or with limited fundraising experience. The event will cover the structure of Funding Applications, common jargon used in fundraising, the current funding culture, navigation through a funding application looking at questions asked and how to answer them! It will also touch on costing budgets and Full Cost Recovery.

 Numbers are limited and places should be booked in advance.

For more information visit the LRS website

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Workshops for prospective applicants to UnLtd Level 2 award

The next round of UnLtd Level 2 applications is open from August 30 until September 24.

Two workshop events are being planned for later this month for prospective applicants based in the South of England.  This will be an opportunity to hear more about the Award, to meet and hear from a current Award Winner and to ask any questions about the application process.

  • London-  UnLtd offices, 123 Whitecross St, London, EC1Y 8JJ
    August 24, 4pm-7.30pm
  • Exeter – Innovation Centre, University of Exeter, Rennes Drive, EX4 4RN
    August 25, 1pm-4.30pm

Level 2 awards are aimed at exceptional social entrepreneurs who have been running their venture for over 1 year and have clear evidence of proven social impact and financial growth.  The Award consists of a £15,000 cash award to pay for the Award Winners living expenses for 12 months and dedicated business support over this same period.  

For more information visit www.unltd.org.uk/level2



Getting British Business Online logo

Campaign to Get British Business Online offers social enterprises free websites

Over 1.5 million enterprises in Britain have no active web presence. The Getting British Business Online (GBBO) Campaign aims to change that by offering entrepreneurs a free professional business website.

A joint initiative between Google, BT, Enterprise UK and e-skills UK, Getting British Business Online has already helped over 50,000 small businesses.

To find out if GBBO could help your business visit www.gbbo.co.uk.

Raynes Fellowships look for Your Big Idea

Rayne Fellowships for Refugees 2010

Rayne Fellowships enable individuals of a refugee background the opportunity to be supported with a resource fund of £25,000 to help grow their “big idea”. This could be in sport culture, social enterprise or anything that supports development in the community.

Deadline for written applications is 3 September. For more information visit www.praxis.org.uk/fellows

Or e-mail fellows@praxis.org.uk

Member profile

A pair of black plastic frame reading glasses


Eyejusters is a social enterprise based in Oxford, UK, founded to bring SlideLens adjustable lens technology to simple, practical, low-cost glasses for the developing world.

All over the developing world, people suffering from poor vision cannot access vision correction services. Usually all they need is a pair of glasses, but if there are no accessible optometrists this is not possible. Eyejusters are designed to help – self-adjustable glasses can lower the barrier to providing clear vision for hundreds of millions of people.

Find out more about Eyejusters at www.eyejusters.com



Media Communications Manager (Maternity cover, 3 days per week)

Social Enterprise Coalition
£35,292 pa pro rata

This is an exciting opportunity to be involved in a dynamic and busy communications team. You will be responsible for supporting the Director of Communications and Marketing, promoting the work of the Coalition, managing key risks and supporting the development of an effective communications and PR strategy. As well as having previous experience of managing a broad-based communications function you should also be able to effectively manage budgets and external contracts. Your flair for oral and written communication and ability to prioritise will be important for this demanding role, as will your excellent networking skills.

To download an information pack, visit the Social Enterprise Coalition website.
Closing date: 12 noon, Wednesday 11th August 2010.
We would consider freelance options.

The Social Enterprise Coalition is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

Finance and Human Resources Officer

Social Enterprise Coalition
£26,223 – £31,338 pa

This is an exciting opportunity to be at the heart of our Finance and Human Resources functions. Within Human Resources, you will ensure policies and documents are kept up-to-date, support the recruitment process and maintain accurate records. The Finance element of your role will include assisting with developing policies and procedures, implementing ideas for efficency and cost saving measures and general bookkeeping duties. As well as having a background in providing HR support, you should also have expertise in bookkeeping and financial accounting systems. An AAT qualification is desirable, but you should at least be studying towards this level, and have the ability to work independently in this busy and demanding role.

To download an information pack, visit the Social Enterprise Coalition website
Closing date: 12 noon, Friday, 20th August 2010.

The Social Enterprise Coalition is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

Projects Officer (contract until 31st March 2011)

Social Enterprise Coalition
c. £21,512 gross p.a.

This is a good opportunity to assist in the delivery of the communications strategy and provide project coordination and administrative support to the Social Enterprise Coalition’s Business Support Programme.

You will be comfortable working with a range of suppliers and project partners and have excellent interpersonal skills. In addition you will have a proven ability in writing and presenting engaging copy for a range of audiences.

This contract is due to end in March 2011 but there is the possibility of it being extended if funding is available.

To download an information pack, visit the Social Enterprise Coalition website
Closing date: 12 Noon, Wednesday 18th August 2010

The Social Enterprise Coalition is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.  

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Mentoring Coordinator (Midlands or North of England)

UnLtd – The Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs
£26,637 – £28,395
North West

Working alongside the Manager of UnLtd Connect, a resourceful and highly effective individual with experience in identifying and developing partnerships is required to manage relationships with some of UnLtd’s key partners and stakeholders in the UnLtd Connect business mentoring programme.

An outstanding communicator with excellent relationship-building skills, you should be highly organised, with a strong track record in events facilitation, programme management and promotion. You will:

  • Develop, maintain and continue to build a strong and effective network of active business mentors and volunteers within the UnLtd Connect network, that enable the social entrepreneurs supported by UnLtd to progress and become more sustainable in their operations. 
  • Identify, research and approach organisations in the public, private and third sector and prepare compelling proposals to present to them for partnership with UnLtd Connect   
  • Coordinate effective internal communications with UnLtd Development Managers to ensure their active engagement and timely referrals of social entrepreneurs to the UnLtd Connect services.  

Closing date: 30th August 2010
For more information: www.unltd.org.uk/recruitment 



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Managing Director

Suffolk Circle CIC
East England

Suffolk Circle CIC is looking for talented, committed social entrepreneur to lead and deliver a successful adaptation and replication of the Circle model in Suffolk. As Managing Director, your primary objective is to build a transformative, sustainable social enterprise, lead the team and engage with stakeholders.

You will be responsible for analysing opportunities to reach desired scale and for identifying critical revenue streams. You are someone who loves life at the ‘coal face’ of social entrepreneurship, and who can take on the set-up and running of all enterprise operations.

Suffolk Circle is an innovative membership organisation for people over 50 years of age. It connects members to each other to share interests and enjoy themselves, and to local, skilled people called Neighbourhood Helpers, who provide flexible help with a variety of practical tasks. Suffolk Circle was developed by Participle Ltd and has received three-year seed funding from Suffolk County Council.

Closing date: 23rd August 2010
For more information: www.suffolkcircle.org.uk

Advertise your social enterprise job here

Advertise and search for jobs on the number one social enterprise job pages. Social Enterprise Coalition members get great deals on advertising rates and it’s easy to get your job uploaded to allow you to focus on running your business.

For more information email James at james.hughesdon@socialenterprise.org.uk or visit our job pages.

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