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Social Enterprise Coalition Newsletter 03-02-2011

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Social Enterprise Coalition activity 

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Voice11 programme taking shape

The programme for Voice11, the UK’s biggest social enterprise event is taking shape!  Delegates will be able to listen to live debates, choose from over twenty 60 minute how-to sessions, come and have a go at selling in our dragon’s den (the dragons are real, live investors, of course), get on-the spot business advice, meet the journalists who are writing about social enterprise and politicians who are creating the framework for it, find out about new and existing funding opportunities, and see what’s going on across this thriving, diverse movement. Then come to the Social Enterprise Awards in the evening and celebrate!

Mutlibuy offers are available on group bookings of four or more, along with additional discounts for SEC members. Tickets are on sale now.  Prices start at £75.

Voice11 is taking place on 30 March 2011 at The O2 in London.  It is the first time that the Social Enterprise Coalition’s annual event has been held in the capital. 

Peter Holbrook

Peter Holbrook appointed to government’s new Mutuals Taskforce

SEC’s Chief Executive, Peter Holbrook, has been invited onto a new taskforce that will support public sector workers wanting to form employee-owned mutuals as part of the Right to Provide scheme.

Commenting on his role, Holbrook said:

“I’m delighted to have been invited onto what is a very important group. A future in which there are more employee-owned mutuals is to be welcomed with open arms, but spinning out is not an easy process. SEC will bring knowledge and expertise from the social enterprise community to the table. Our members who are newly formed spin-outs are already noticing the advantages of switching; staff have more autonomy and flexibility, and are able to deliver improved services to people in their communities.”

Led by Professor Julian Le Grand, professor of social policy at LSE, the taskforce will also include Patrick Lewis, partners’ counsellor at John Lewis; Jo Prithcard, joint managing director at Central Surrey Health; Ed Mayo, secretary general at Co-operatives UK; Patrick Burns, executive director at Employee Ownership Association and Peter Marsh, academic director of enterprise at the University of Sheffield.


Your views sought on social enterprise business support

Rocket Science is conducting a final evaluation of the Capacitybuilders three year Social Enterprise programme (2008-11) which comes to an end in March 2011. The final report will be presented to the Office for Civil Society (OCS) at the beginning of March and made available to the sector. As well as having an historic programme view, it will give the social enterprise community the chance to inform and influence the Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs), Regional Growth Fund (RGF) and business support landscape debates.

So if you are a social enterprise or a support organisation, please take five minutes to complete the survey and provide your thoughts and comments. The survey will close on the 14 February 2011.

If you have any questions about the survey please feel free to contact John Halliday at Rocket Science john.halliday@rocketsciencelab.co.uk or telephone 0131 226 4949.

For more information on this and the National Knowledge Management Programme run by the Social Enterprise Coalition take a look at our business support pages.

Social Enterprise Leadership Development Course update

We are pleased to confirm the dates and location details for the Emerging Leaders Course.

The programme will run from 17 March to 21 April, and consist of three development days, two social enterprise visits and some self-directed learning, finishing with a Peer to Peer event on 31 May.

The three Development Days will be held in Milton Keynes on:

  • 17th March – Developing Self
  • 7th April – Working with others
  • 21st April – Building an organisation

More details including the timetable and course programme can be found on the SEC website. The deadline for applications is Friday 11 February.

We are currently accepting expressions of interest for the Senior Leadership course, starting in September – applications can be sent to leadership@socialenterprise.org.uk

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‘The Right To Run’ event

24 February

‘The Right to Run’ is a one day event designed to provide practical support to public sector employees looking to create social enterprises and mutuals through spinning out existing services. Attendees will be invited to look at the range of options available to public sector staff for transformation and to explore the social enterprise development journey.

There will be workshops on Business planning, Financial planning, Governance and legal forms, Stakeholder engagement and Moving into new markets.

Register for a place now.

Request for Enterprise Allowance Scheme case studies

SEC and Co-operatives UK have written to Iain Duncan Smith outlining an opportunity to develop the New Enterprise Allowance Scheme for unemployed people in such a way that encourages the development of social enterprises.

We believe the scheme should be inclusive of all legal forms that sit under the social enterprise umbrella, and help groups of entrepreneurs to get together to form co-operatives.

If you have examples of social enterprises established in the 1980s under the original Enterprise Allowance Scheme, please email your case studies to jon.woolfson@socialenterprise.org.uk.


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Scottish Social Enterprise Coalition campaigns for tax relief

The Scottish Social Enterprise Coalition (SSEC) is campaigning for the UK government to amend tax measures for social enterprises.

In the past month, three SSEC member CEOs: Brian Weaver (HISEZ), Calum Macaulay (Albyn Housing Society) and Andrew Mackenzie (Speyside Trust) paid a visit to their MP, Danny Alexander, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, to press the case, while Sheila Gilmore MP raised the issue at Cabinet Office questions and in her recent Westminster Hall debate on Basic Bank Accounts in Scotland.

You can read a blog on the campaign from SSEC’s chief executive, Antonia Swinson, here.

Loan turns the heat on wood recycling social enterprise

A loan from Co-operative & Community Finance is being used to part-finance the installation of a biomass heater in the warehouse of a wood recycling social enterprise.  The commercial wood-burning stove will warm the employees and trainees at Somerset Wood Recycling in Weston-super-Mare and dispose of the waste wood they cannot reuse or recycle.

Somerset Wood Recycling is one of a growing network of community wood recycling projects that combine the environmental benefits of reuse and recycling with the social impact of providing training and opportunities for disadvantaged people. 

“We have about 30 trainees and volunteers working with us, and that’s the primary purpose of the project,” said manager Tristan Tudor, who was one of the two people who set it up in 2006.  “It’s not so much about saving wood from going to waste.  Although that’s what we do it’s just the vehicle that makes the project happen so we can work with people.

“We provide training and volunteering opportunities to people with different needs.  Some of them have had drug or alcohol addiction problems, some of them have learning difficulties, some have mental health issues and some have been unemployed for a long time.”

Last year the enterprise negotiated a two-year contract with North Somerset Council for the repair for outdoor furniture and some grounds maintenance. 


Defra launches consultation on the future of the public forest estate

Defra has launched a consultation about the future ownership and management of the public forest estate in England. It sets out the rationale for moving away from the Government owning and managing significant areas of woodlands in England. The consultation proposes a mixed model approach to reforming the ownership and management of the public forest estate.

Hill Holt Wood is a social enterprise in Lincolnshire with a turnover of more than £1m a year and achieves a wide range of social and environmental outcomes. If you have other examples of social enterprises that use woodland areas in innovative ways, please contact jon.woolfson@socialenterprise.org.uk.

Tackling child poverty and improving life chances: Consulting on a new approach

The Government has launched a consultation on its approach to ending child poverty and improving life chances and is keen to hear from social enterprises on how this can be best achieved. You can respond by following this link to the consultation document.

The consultation closes on 15 February 2011.



3 March 2011


A rescheduled Footsey, the UK’s largest social economy trade fair, will take place on Thursday 3 March after the original date in early December fell victim to the severe weather.

Organised by Yorkshire and the Humber Forum and partners, SEYH, DTA and Goodwin Development Trust, Footsey 2010 will allow the public and private sectors to see firsthand the way they can do business with social enterprises and improve the communities in which they operate.

A diverse range of over 100 exhibitors have been confirmed and there will also be a Question Time style debate with national social enterprise leaders, designed to clarify the new political landscape. Advice panels and surgeries will be open for those within the sector to learn new skills and share experiences.

Footsey takes place on Thursday 3 March at Doncaster Racecourse. Original exhibitors and delegates have retained their places, but a limited number of additional spaces are still available. Please contact maire@footsey.org.uk for further information.  

Delegate booking remains open and places can be booked directly through the website: http://www.footsey.org.uk

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Public Sector Efficiency Expo 2011: Doing more with less

16 March


Public Sector Efficiency Expo is the UK’s first and only free, one-day conference and exhibition, dedicated to helping the public sector deliver better services, more efficiently and effectively.

Designed for individuals working in central government, local government, the wider public sector, or third sector, the Public Sector Efficiency Expo will hear directly from ministers, thought leaders and those in opposition as they discuss and debate the impact of the spending review.

There will also be 25 hours of free seminars to drill down and explore how to work more efficiently and effectively. 

For more information and to register for a place visit the event website.

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For What it’s Worth: Can Social Enterprises Deliver Local Services?

16 February


A Working Together event, brought to you by Social Firms UK and London Early Years Foundation.

This free event is for local authority procurement officers and social enterprises, and offers opportunities to find out how social enterprises can add value to local service delivery. It will explore the practicalities of engaging social enterprises and will look at who’s already done it, who’s in the process of doing it, and the legal and financial challenges they faced.

Register online at http://valueadded.eventbrite.com


Built to Achieve Workshops – Social Investment: Finding alternative forms of finance

Feb/March 2011

North east

Business Link is running a series of free half day workshops to help social enterprises find our more about the range of alternative finance options on offer to them.

  • 9 February – Morpeth
  • 11 February – Chester-le-Street
  • 2 March – Middlesbrough
  • 9 March – Newcastle

Places are limited, so book your free place now!

For further information on the Built to Achieve programme of workshops visit www.eventsnortheast.co.uk/builttoachieve, or email businesslink@btob.co.uk.


Setting up a social enterprise – accredited modules on offer at Aston University

Social enterprise iSE has been working in partnership with Aston University to two accredited social enterprise start-up modules.

Recruitment is underway now for the first module which is due to start on 16 February or after Easter.

Aston University’s Lifelong Learning Centre is leading the development of a new network offering part time, flexible and accessible modules relating to the building of sustainable communities, urban regeneration and environmental technologies.

These can be taken independently or as part or a negotiated award in Professional Development and are available to develop understanding and skills needed for the emerging green knowledge based economy.

For more information contact iSE on 0121 771 1411 or Shelley Campbell at Aston University 0121 204 5220

Member profile

Community network

Community Network

Community Network is a charity set up to tackle loneliness and isolation among vulnerable members of the community through befriending teleconference groups. It is a pioneer of encouraging social interaction through the use of telelphone conferencing, enabling those who are marginalised from mainstream society, either due to old age, illness, disability or geography, to socialise with other people and re-connect with their communtiies.





Event co-ordinator

Yellow Kite

Salary: up to £25K pa.

Location: Portsmouth

Job description: Co-ordinator with a catering or event management background required for Yellow Kite, a new catering and event business, which operates as a social enterprise and will be based at Southsea Castle from Easter 2011. This exciting new post will require you to have excellent organisational, administrative, IT and people skills. The role is about setting up and running our community supply and delivery service and supporting the development of our function catering business. You must be prepared to work some weekends and a full driving licence is essential.

Closing date: midday 14 February 2011

For more information: www.yellowkite.org.uk


Sales Executive

Social Enterprise Mark Company

Salary: £22,137

Location: Flexible

Job description: To help to achieve business plan targets for developing and maximising the value of the Social Enterprise Mark. This role will lead on the business development for the sales plan, including implementation of specific sales activities, for the Social Enterprise Mark Company team.

Closing date: 6 February 2011

For more information: www.socialenterprisemark.org.uk/


Advertise your social enterprise job here!

Advertise and search for jobs on the number one social enterprise job page. 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 Yabut at james.yabut@socialenterprise.org.uk or visit our job page.


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