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Social Enterprise Coalition Newsletter 18-03-2011

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Social Enterprise Coalition activity




Member profile



 Social Enterprise Coalition activity

Business Secretary Vince Cable 

UK’s biggest social enterprise event draws Business Secretary Vince Cable and Arthur Potts Dawson of The People’s Supermarket

Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Vince Cable MP, and The People’s Supermarket’s Arthur Potts Dawson are just two of the high profile speakers lined up to address delegates at Voice11 later this month.

Organised by the Social Enterprise Coalition, Voice11 on 30th March will see more than 1,000 people gather at The O2 in London to hear from social enterprise, political and business leaders.

Live debates will attempt to answer some of the big questions facing this growing business community. Will social enterprises replace charities? Can they deliver public services? Can they help people run their own community groups and businesses?

Also happening at Voice11:

  • Investment opportunities for social enterprises wanting to grow
  • Networking opportunities with other social enterprises
  • Meet public service commissioners – find out what they need and want from you if you work or want to work in public services
  • More than 20 practical workshops – learn new skills such as social marketing, pitching for business, financing growth, getting into supply chains

Arthur Potts Dawson of The People’s Supermarket commented:

“Somewhere along the way I became an accidental social entrepreneur. Personally and professionally I’m learning more than I ever, but there are times when I have to dig very deep. It’s fantastic to be part of the social enterprise movement and I’m very happy to share my experiences with anyone who’s on the journey. ”

Tickets and exhibition stands are still available for what promises to be the hottest event in the social enterprise calendar! Discounts available on group bookings. Save when you buy tickets for Voice11 and the Social Enterprise Awards – www.socialenterprise.org.uk.

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Actor and comedian Alexander Armstrong to host the Social Enterprise Awards

The actor and comedian Alexander Armstrong is hosting the Social Enterprise Awards at The O2 in London later this month. Alexander, half of comedy duo Armstrong and Miller and well known presenter of Have I Got News for You, will take to the stage to entertain 1,000 guests and present the winners on the night with their awards.

The ceremony, organised by the Social Enterprise Coalition, is on Wednesday 30th March and will follow the Voice11 event. Guests will also hear Leader of the Opposition, Ed Miliband, speak and present the Social Enterprise of the Year award.

Save when you buy tickets for Voice11 and the Social Enterprise Awards – www.socialenterprise.org.uk.

Social Enterprise Emerging Leaders Programme kicks off

The Social Enterprise Coalition’s Social Enterprise Emerging Leaders Programme began this week in Milton Keynes.

The course comprises of three Development Days, two social enterprise visits, and a peer-to-peer networking event.

Peter Holbrook, Chief Executive of the Social Enterprise Coalition, opened the first day which was held at Buszy in central Milton Keynes on 17 March.

The course has been developed by SEC and Real Partners CIC for social enterprise professionals, as part of the Big Lottery Fund Investing in Social Enterprise Expansion (I-SEE). 

For more information on the course visit the Business Support area of the SEC website.


Catering students given a Michelin-star experience

Eight teenage catering students from across Birmingham are enjoying work experience at Michelin-starred and leading restaurants in the city thanks to an innovative culinary collaboration.

Social enterprise and training provider Enta, which offers a pre-apprenticeship training course in catering, has teamed up with Marketing Birmingham to arrange the work placements. 

Restaurateurs and chefs from across Birmingham have backed the project, which gives each trainee four separate month-long placements at high-class kitchens including Purnell’s, Simpsons, Edmunds, Loves, Opus and Turners.

Shannon Meares (pictured), aged 17,  from Walsall, is just one of the trainees taking part.

She started working in the prestigious Lasan Indian restaurant – which has won Gordon Ramsay’s ‘F Word Best Local Restaurant’ award– and will also complete a month-long placement at the Mint Hotel, before moving onto two other kitchens.

Shannon said: “It’s hard work and very different from anything I’ve ever done before. There’s a lot of pressure at the front of house and there’s lots to do. But from the point of view of learning it’s great.”

Susan Moloney, catering mentor at Enta, said: “It’s a unique opportunity for the trainees to see how truly top-class kitchens work – and also to see what they can achieve if they work hard enough.

“For them to experience several of the top Birmingham restaurants and meet so many inspirational chefs so early in their careers is an amazing opportunity.”

The programme runs for 20 weeks and the students spend four weeks in one restaurant before moving onto the next.

Finding an ethical approach to school improvement

A brand new ethical marketplace run by schools for schools launches at the Education Show on the 17 March, seeking to carve out a new path for school procurement in response to the Government’s overhaul of the schools system as set out in its November 2010 white paper.

The white paper, which outlined plans to devolve responsibility away from local bureaucracy, is intended to give schools more decision making power. However, headteachers nationwide are concerned that this ‘new freedom’ will give rise to a school improvement market dominated by private for-profit enterprises, expensive consultants and large commercially minded organisations all seeking schools’ budgets to satisfy share holders.

To ward against this possible eventuality, a cluster of primary schools in Devon has formed a Community Interest Company to run an online, ethical marketplace called Heads’ Space, where school leaders can find social enterprises, community organisations, charities and other schools that provide the services they are looking for without draining money out of the system.

Social enterprise and SEC member, the Real Ideas Organisation’s (RIO) Schools Service is supporting the Devon cluster in setting up Heads’ Space. Matt Little, founder of RIO, said:

“It’s about supporting schools to do things that have a social impact, using their community, connecting with each other and embodying the fundamental ethos laid out by in November’s white paper. The Government are eager to promote radical school reform but this can’t happen without radical changes to the way schools support each other and source and procure services too, opening up a more socially entrepreneurial way of working and running their schools.”

Heads’ Space, which will be managed by RIO’s Schools Service to begin with, is now live in beta form at www.headsspace.org.

Two new projects will build sector capacity to provide children’s services

Two new two year projects for The Social Investment Business that aim to increase the involvement of charities, social enterprises and voluntary organisations in the provision of children’s services have secured funding from the Department for Education (DfE).

‘Foundations for the Future’ is a £1million strategic partnership led by 4Children which will help deliver the DfE’s objective to involve civil society organisations in the reform and delivery of early years services.

A second project awarded £700k in funding last week –  also from the DfE’s Improving Outcomes for Children, Young People and Families Grant Fund – will see The Social Investment Business work alongside 4Children and OPM to provide business support and training to improve the sustainability of charities, social enterprises and community groups who offer children’s services.

The Social Investment Business Chief Executive Jonathan Lewis said:

 “There are many charities and social enterprises all over the country who provide excellent support to parents and children – often in our poorest and most deprived neighbourhoods. To ensure the success and growth of these organisations during the current difficult financial climate it’s vital that as well being committed to the people they serve they are as financially robust as possible.  By providing expert business support we will be able to help hundreds of nurseries, playgroups and children’s centres to improve their business skills and ensure they are financially stable and sustainable.


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S2S Social Enterprise Fair 2011 

20 April 2011


S2S offers attendees and exhibitors a dynamic, busy and productive environment where social enterprise organisations can meet, trade, collaborate and develop partnerships with public and private sector delegates and with each other.

Book places and stands can be booked from Joanne Lynn at joanne@eventconsultants.com or 0131 557 5767. Group ticketing deals are also available.

S2S is run by the Scottish Social Enterprise Coalition.

For more information visit the event website.

Perfect Your Pitch for Business

1 April

With fierce competition for funds, contracts and successful corporate partnerships, does your organisation have the perfect pitch?

  • Are the right people representing your organisation externally to win business?
  • Can you confidently sell the benefits and competitive advantages of working with your organisation?

CAN has teamed up with Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation Europe Limited (SMBCE) as part of the bank’s community programme.

Test your pitch on an unfamiliar audience of experienced financiers and CSR experts and get valuable feedback on your organisation’s profile, selling technique and offer.

To register your interest or for further information, email Kate Markey on k.markey@can-online.org.uk.

Places are limited so please register your interest early.

Built to Achieve Workshops

‘Telling your Story in a Changing Environment: Communicating Effectively with your Stakeholders.’

In the current changing climate it’s more important than ever for organisations to get their communication with stakeholders right. 

Potential funders, Government bodies, the general public and your own staff and volunteers, need to know exactly what your organisation does and why they should support you. And if your organisation needs to make changes due to the current climate, you will need to be able to explain them clearly and effectively. 

This free workshop from Business Link is designed to help you find out more about how to tell your organisation’s story, by creating a sustainable communications plan to enable you to communicate both good and bad news effectively and strengthen your stakeholders’ support
Thursday 17 March – Sunderland

Wednesday 23 March – Darlington
Book your free place now!


National Citizen Service 2012 Pilots – Competitive Bidding Process

The Government has launched a competitive commissioning process for the delivery of National Citizen Service pilots in summer 2012.  

National Citizen Service will give 11,000 16-year-olds the chance to learn new skills and get involved in their community in summer 2011. The scheme will take place in a number of different locations across England.

Organisations interested in bidding have the option to attend an information event to find out more about what is involved. Details of the events and how to register can be found at the Department for Education’s website.

An online platform for organisations to share details with each other in order to find partners to deliver NCS pilots has also been established

Further information and background on NCS 2011 pilots is available here.

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Department of Health’s Health and Social Care Volunteering Fund launches second local grant scheme

The Department of Health’s Health and Social Care Volunteering Fund (HSCVF) will be launching its second local grant scheme in spring 2011.

The HSCVF provides a combination of grant funding and support to organisations, aimed at enhancing their capacity and ability in the health and social care field. The HSCVF differs from other many other grant funding schemes as it aims to help organisations grow and develop, not just provide a short term input of grant monies.

Local voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations will be able to submit a maximum of one application.  Applicants will be asked to apply under one of the following themes.

  • Theme 1: Patient-led NHS
  • Theme 2: Delivering Better Health Outcomes
  • Theme 3: Improving Public Health
  • Theme 4: Improving Health and Social Care

It is anticipated that around 45 organisations will receive funding up to a maximum of £50,000. Funding can be sought for 2 or 3 year projects. Criteria for applying include: having a track record in health and social care activity, and having policies on equality, health and safety, and safeguarding of children and adults already in place.

For more information visit the volunteering fund website.

Pre-application events have been organised to provide further information on the programme’s remit, guidance on completing the application process and the opportunity for one-to-one discussions with organisations about the eligibility of their project ideas.  

These half-day events will be held on the following dates

  • Monday 14 March – Birmingham
  • Thursday 17 March – London
  • Monday 21 March – Leeds

Member profile

Northampton Hope Centre

In 1974, Michael Mulligan started a daily food handout provided out of his own pocket from the back of Bishops House, Northampton. From these humble beginnings, the kitchen grew and developed its services. Formerly known as the Northampton Kitchen, the centre went through many ideas for a more modern name that would symbolise the centre as it is today.

In 2005 it became Northampton Hope Centre – a Community Interest Company which supports homeless and socially excluded people.

Aa well as providing more basic services such as food and shower facilities, the Hope Centre offers life skills workshops, health services and a listening ear. The Centre is also a regional distribution centre for fellow social enterprise Big Issue homeless clients to create an income for themselves



Executive Assistant

Social Enterprise Coalition
Location: London

The Social Enterprise Coalition is looking for an experienced Executive Assistant to start in April 2011.

Your role will be pivotal in providing a high standard of administrative support to the Chief Executive, the Board and to Senior Managers.

Your day-to-day activities in this role will be varied and will include secretarial support such as drafting letters, dealing with telephone calls and taking accurate minutes at meetings. You will also undertake diary management, support to governance and basic finance duties.

This is a fast paced role in a busy environment, and we are looking for a highly organised individual who can prioritise a large amount of administrative work. You will already have a track record of working in a demanding personal assistant role, and your excellent communication skills will ensure that you are adept at dealing with people at a senior level and writing accurate and engaging copy.

If you’re interested please submit your CV and brief covering letter outlining how you meet the person spec (no more than 2 sides of A4) and equal opportunities form by Monday 28th March to marion.schmidt@socialenterprise.org.uk.

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

Job description

Equal opportunities monitoring form

The closing date for applications is 28 March 2011
For more information: marion.schmidt@socialenterprise.org.uk

Finance Director
Social Enterprise Mark Company

Salary: c. £50,000 pro rata
Location – Exeter
2 days per week

The Social Enterprise Mark Company is the only authority that certifies genuine social enterprises. We are currently looking for a Finance Director who will play a pivotal role in helping the company achieve its aspirations. The right person will have a strong financial commercial grounding, but with an understanding and ethos for the social enterprise world.

The position will be based in Exeter, Devon and is for 2 days per week.

Deadline for applications: 30th March.

Interviews will be held week commencing 11th April.

Please email delphineg@socialenterprisemark.org.uk for an application form (a CV alone is not sufficient).

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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