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Social Investment – the Ongoing Debate

The BSSEC blog dated 14th January Gerrymandering Social Enterprise, linked to an interesting article summarised well by Alun Severn, is clearly only part of the increasing debate about social investment/social finance and the social enterprise sector.

As ART probably led the way in the UK as BOTH a social enterprise and a social investment intermediary (Community Development Finance Institution – CDFI), making loans to businesses and social enterprises, I feel the time for adding my thoughts to the reflection and comment on the state of the market is right.

I have to confess that I was in partial agreement with some of the case made in the original article, which I am told by those in the know is an extension of a long held belief by the author and followers that ‘if you want to grow social businesses, you really need long term, patient financiers, who are prepared to lose their money or take low returns’.

The author’s take on where you get this kind of money is from local social investors, who can be close enough to the locality and the problem to both want to fix it and understand the local context well enough to make good investments. This chimed with ART’s beginnings.

ART raised funds in 1997 from local and national companies and from individuals who were seeking social change.  They were all prepared to make a social investment, not being promised or even expecting a financial return. In 1997 this was a real social investment. The social return being that ART would provide access to finance where banks were unable to help and support local jobs for local people through enterprise. The capital would in the plan not be lost.

We still have the money safe and sound in our balance sheet and it continues to be used for the social and economic purpose intended. We have supported and levered additional finance over the years from public and private sectors to support the mission – local jobs for local people.  We have now lent over £17m and the businesses and social enterprises we have helped have created or preserved over 6000 jobs.

The pool of investors prepared to forgo any financial return was too small for expansion and we soon needed to seek policy guarantee funds/local government/ARI-type money and national Regional Growth Funding to underpin the lending operation and enable ART and other CDFIs to raise funds from commercial sources.  Some of the early stage money even emerged from banks under their Community/CSR budgets as grants.

In discussing the ‘Gerrymandering and Social Enterprise’ article with one of the fellow co-founding social investors at ART, Danyal Sattar, who now resides at Big Society Capital, Dan made the point that there is a pretty substantive social investment movement out there that isn’t all about social enterprise – CDFIs, the Social Banks (Triodos, Ecology BS, Charity Bank, even Unity), community share issues, overseas stuff like Shared Interest, Traidcraft.  A bit of microfinance perhaps; include personal lending and credit unions with 900,000 members, and things start getting pretty substantive.  All of that could be classified as a big spectrum of Social Investment.

This is, in my opinion, where the social investment sector remains in difficulty especially linked to the public sector and social enterprise, with many counter arguments.  Nearly all the social finance organisations retitled by Big Society Capital as ‘Social investment financial intermediaries‘ seek a financial and social return and it appears that there is a blurring in the line of what the public sector will inject (grant) or invest for their policy return.

The ongoing challenge is to satisfy the two camps in the social enterprise world – those seeking long term low cost funding up to £250K (probably main demand level £100K) and those providing the capital who need a financial and social return.

A further interesting piece has emerged to add spice to the debate in Pioneers Post see:

http://www.pioneerspost.com/news-views/20150116/social-investment-friend-or-foe-its-complicated.

More debate and comments will no doubt follow, although the round table debate reported in the original article clearly lacked anyone with an understanding of risk/reward and sustainability from a lending viewpoint.

Big Lottery Fund announces ‘Power to Change’ endowment of £150m

The Big Lottery Fund has just announced that it has endowed £150m to the new trust set up to run Power to Change, the new fund supporting community enterprises.

The announcement coincides with the publication of a new report on the community enterprise sector published by Social Finance and written by Adam Swersky and James Plunkett. The fund will be the largest of its kind in Europe devoted to supporting community enterprises.

The report defines community enterprises as sharing four key characteristics:

  • They are started by — and then run by — a local community;
  • They derive their strength from being rooted in a physical place;
  • Their primary purpose is to generate social value for the local community;
  • They trade in goods or services with a view to being independent of grants.

 

Are you a community enterprise? You can take the Power to Change test online and find out.

Support for community enterprises is being provided by UnLtd, The Plunkett Foundation and Locality. You can read all about Power to Change here.

Update: Cabinet Office has responded today (22/01/15) to say that it hopes the report will be published towards the end of February.

Lord Young review of social value legislation

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Some little while back we mentioned in this post that implementation of the social value legislation has been reviewed by a cross-parliamentary group led by the government’s advisor on enterprise, Lord Young.

The public consultation ran from 24/10/14 to 28/11/14. The gov.uk website says only that “feedback is being analysed” and that the report will be published early in 2015.

A number of people have asked if we have any further information regarding the publication date. We don’t, but I dropped an email to the Cabinet Office this morning asking just this question and as soon as we have any news I’ll post it here.

A lot of people will be interested in the outcome of this review.

 

“Gerrymandering social enterprise”

There are people…who are trying ever so hard to ‘gerrymander’ the word Social – separate it from the word enterprise, better still kill it off altogether…

There’s a very interesting and provocative piece over on the Can Cook — The Food Campaign blog about ‘progress’ in the social investment/social finance movement.

It’s by Robbie Davison of Can Cook CIC… And a fan of current social investment models and the stranglehold ex-investment bankers have on the sector he most definitely isn’t.

Robbie takes good healthy swipes at “Profit with Purpose Vehicles”, Trust Engines and a range of “current thinkers” he profoundly disagrees with.

If you have ever wondered just how much market research this new finance sector was based on, Robbie will tell you (zilch).

If you have ever wondered why the social finance sector seems to be made up of “butchers” who are trying to sell meat to people who really want fish (and that’s the analogy drawn by one of Davison’s contacts in the social finance sector), Robbie will tell you.

The piece is perhaps just a little too long, but the analysis is sound and frankly it makes a pleasant change to read an impassioned critique that doesn’t pull its punches or worry over much about who it might offend.

Thoroughly enjoyable. More please.

 

 

Citizen Coaching is recruiting

Citizen Coaching is recruiting…

For an application pack go here or send mail to Martin Hogg.

 

Mission Apprentices — Church of England, Birmingham

Church of England Birmingham is looking to recruit a number of Mission Apprentices to spend two years working for churches around the diocese.

Details, application forms, job specifications.

Happy New Year!

BSSEC would like to wish all of its readers, supporters, members and friends a happy, prosperous and socially enterprising 2015.

Fundraising Manager opportunity — freelance/part time/consultancy

FUNDRAISING MANAGER (freelance/part time/consultancy)

The Jericho Foundation supports people to become fulfilled, skilled and employed, working especially with people who experience significant personal or occupational barriers to employment, training or social inclusion.

Along with four other voluntary sector organisations, Jericho has identified a building from which the partners wish to deliver a holistic package of support services to marginalised communities in inner city Birmingham.

Jericho now wishes to identify a fundraiser who will secure the resources for the building (approx. £250K) and develop a long term fundraising strategy for its sustainability.

Role: This new role will provide a great opportunity for a senior fundraiser to work with Jericho and the collaborations development manager as they embark on a period of significant growth and development.

Applicants: You will be responsible for raising the funds for the building and developing a long term fundraising strategy for its sustainability. As well as sourcing revenue funding for the joint and individual needs of consortium members.

You should have a proven track record of raising funds for capital projects from a diverse number of sources including the Big Lottery, GMT, central and local government, public and corporate sectors.

The successful applicant/s will be innovative, inspirational and energetic in approach and will empathise fully with the charity’s aims and ambitions. Ideally, you will be a member of the Institute of Fundraising Managers or equivalent.

We will consider offers on a paid fee basis but offers where some or all of the fees are paid on a commission basis may be considered favourably.

To apply

Please submit your 2 page proposal to richard<dot>beard<at>jericho<dot>org<dot>uk and ceo<at>bethelnetwork<dot>co<dot>uk by Friday 23rd January 2015.

If you would like to discuss this project contact Jeanette Burrows on m. 0787 653 0718.

Interviews will take place with a view to an early appointment.

Vacancy — H.O.P.E Head of Training & Family Services

Head of Training and Family Services
Full time post
Salary: £24,000 – £28,000

H.O.P.E. for Children and their Families is a vibrant family focused community hub in Herefordshire, nationally cited for its holistic approach and outstanding practice. We are seeking a motivated, enthusiastic, personable manager who is not afraid to seek out new opportunities and push the boundaries to develop our family services.

You will be a highly skilled manager with a legal or social work background or equivalent and a good understanding of the complex issues which some families face. Primary amongst your responsibilities will be develop training and support services for families across the community, staff and family focused professionals and to firmly establish our new Child Contact Centre. As well as managing our training and family support teams you will also work closely with our Business Development Manager to drive forward new business opportunities.

All appointments will be subject to advanced DBS clearance and satisfactory references.

We would welcome and encourage you to visit our Centre.

For further information please ring or send mail to Anna Beddows, Admin Team Leader, after 6 January 2015: Tel: 01885 488495.

CLOSING DATE: 23rd January 2015

Download application pack (zip file) containing advert, JD and application form (all MS Word).

Update from GBSLEP ESIF Committee (No. 2) 17/12/14

 

 

Tony attended an ESIF Shadow Committee meeting on the 17th December 2014 and has asked that this update be published here:

Update from GBSLEP ESIF Committee 17/12/14

The meeting was chaired by Cllr Ian Courts from Solihull MBC.

The first important announcement was that the programme will now have 2 Managing Authorities (MAs) DCLG will be the MA for ERDF and DWP will become the MA for ESF. The 2 MAs will interact with 2 separate parts of the European Commission.

There are still delays in approval of the Operational Programme by the European Commission. The UK Govt is still committed to the role of LEPs but the Commission has yet to accept the LEPs’ role.

Sir Albert Bore updated on the National Growth Board to say that there are still significant issues to be clarified Between the EU Commission and UK Govt — e.g. the proposed Strategic Urban Development programme for Core Cities has been sent back by the Commission.

Delayed decision and sign off of the Operational Programme creates significant risk for The Youth Employment Initiative (YEI) which only has 2 years (2014 and 2015) in which to spend.

A proposal to constitute an ESIF SUB COMMITTEE was approved . This sub committee will work on pipeline projects, the open call for projects and ensuing applications and then provide all relevant information to the ESIF Committee for decision making. The sub committee will be made up of officers from all sectors and must reflect the structure of the ESIF Committee.

So the voluntary sector and the social enterprise sector need to consider who they wish to put forward for places on this WORKING sub committee.

Technical Assistance

A paper was submitted by Lloyd Broad outlining a proposal for a Technical Assistance Strategy to draw down the maximum available ie 2% of the programme. This is because the 4% allowable will be held nationally by the MAs but they will make 2% available to the LEPs.

Lloyd’s paper suggested 7 draft proposed activities – there may be more but one proposed activity was:

“THIRD SECTOR AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AND CAPACITY BUILDING”

“GBSLEP RECOGNISES THE NEED FOR EFFECTIVE VOLUNTARY AND COMMUNITY SECTOR ENGAGEMENT AND PARTICIPATION IN THE ESIF PROGRAMME, PARTICULARLY FOR THE ESF FUNDS. TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE  SHOULD SEEK TO SUPPORT INTERVENTIONS TO DEVELOP THE VOLUNTARY AND COMMUNITY SECTOR BY THE DELIVERY AND FACILITATION OF CAPACITY BUILDING ACTIVITIES SUCH AS EVENTS AND WORKSHOPS, ENCOURAGE AND DEVELOP PARTNERSHIPS AND IMPROVE THE EFFECTIVENESS OF COMMUNICATIONS WITH THE SECTOR.”

I pointed out that this was crucial for the sector given that I felt that we had been disadvantaged by the LEP decision to opt out of Lottery match funding. The chair and others couldn’t seem to see that we had been disadvantaged which perhaps explains why the LEP took the decision without any reference to or consultation with the sector!

The committee also seemed to think everything was now ok as the Lottery had given approval for existing Lottery funding to be used as match. However, this is one organisation – BVSC with Talent Match (which only applies to Birmingham) and in my, perhaps controversial, opinion simply compounds a monopoly on Lottery major programme funding by adding European funding to it.

At the end of the meeting I informed the chair that I would no longer be attending on behalf of Social Enterprise as I am leaving Birmingham to take up a new role in South Yorkshire.

So, things for the sector are – sort out my replacement and who is going on to the working sub committee and keep a very close eye on the opportunity for technical assistance.

Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year
Au revoir
Tony Clabby 18/12/14

Update 19th December 2014:  Tony added: “It seems that we were given some erroneous information at the ESIF Committee on 17/12/14 – According to the Office for Civil Society yesterday 18/12/14 the Lottery have not yet given approval for existing programmes e.g Talent Match to be used as match funding for European Programmes”.

Digbeth Social Enterprise Quarter celebrates first anniversary

Further to the news that the Digbeth Social Enterprise Quarter has just attracted a new retailer — Textiles by St Anne’s — it has also just celebrated its first anniversary.

It is a year since Sir Albert Bore, Leader of Birmingham City Council, launched Digbeth as Birmingham’s Social Enterprise Quarter and to mark the occasion iSE hosted another first for the Quarter – a Social Enterprise Trade Fair.

Sarah Crawley, chief exec of iSE and initiator of the Quarter, said how delighted she was with what had been achieved in the past year “with a little funding, a lot of goodwill and a lot of volunteer support.”

Achievements in the past year include:

  • Completion of a baseline survey mapping the social enterprises in Digbeth and their contribution to the local economy.
  • Production of a strategic plan for supporting the social, environmental and economic revival of Digbeth.
  • Regular Social Enterprise Walks, allowing anyone interested to visit a selection of social enterprises in Digbeth, have a guided tour and learn more at first hand.
  • Quarterly Social Enterprise Markets.
  • The creation of work experience, internships, volunteering and job opportunities for students and the long term unemployed.
  • Closer working relationships amongst enterprises in and outside of DigbethThe Digbeth through continuing activity of the Highgate and Cheapside Social Enterprise Network.

 

Exhibitors at the event included Change Kitchen, Citizen Click, Birmingham Counselling Services, Irish Welfare Information Centre, RnR, Spot On Marketing & Communications, Edible Eastside, iSE, Digbeth Social Enterprise Quarter, Cloudberry, Frost & Snow, Craftspace representing Shelanu Women, The European Migrant Information Hub, BITA Pathways’ Park Lane garden centre and Textiles by St Anne’s and Health Exchange.

Congratulations to everyone involved.

 

New Ideas on Social Value — event report

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We were delighted to be able to work jointly with Mark Ellerby of cloudberry innovation & development and others to organise the New Ideas on Social Value event held at the Concept Conference Centre, Birmingham, on Friday 12th December 2014.

The aim was to bring together a range of different perspectives on social value and update participants on a range of new initiatives and approaches to implementing social value — in local authorities, and in the health and social care sector.

Alun Severn, BSSEC, spoke about findings from two years’ of working on social value implementation with local authorities, and especially Birmingham City Council, as part of a project funded by the Barrow Cadbury Trust. Alun explained the approaches that are becoming prevalent amongst local authorities and the common difficulties they — and social enterprises — are experiencing in evidencing and reporting on social value. This remains the least developed part of the process.  View presentation.

Paul Maubach, Chief Accountable Officer, Dudley CCG, gave some fascinating insights into the thinking of Dudley CCG and why it has decided to invest in PSIAMS, an outcomes measurement tool and client relations management system for person-centred services. Everyone there was impressed by what Paul had to say and the forward-thinking shown by Dudley CCG in investing in third sector infrastructure and skills that can help strengthen delivery of community-based health and social care.

Perhaps the most interesting point was the rationale Paul sees for investing in initiatives that have the potential to increase the capacity of the third sector to deliver early intervention and low-cost preventative services.

The per-head budget for Dudley CCG’s population is about £1200.00 each. A single admission to hospital spends the entirety of this, and more. Hence Dudley CCG’s interest in moving more of its budget (and services) away from “treating people” to “supporting wellbeing” — a recasting of health that can only be achieved, Paul explained, with the support of other types of providers.

The slide below shows how services need to be moved from the expensive lower-left hand corner of the graphic (‘medical’) to the upper-right (‘social’ and ‘wellbeing’).  View presentation.

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Mark Ellerby, cloudberry innovation & development, spoke about PSIAMS and the process — and motivations — behind the development of this new tool. PSIAMS is being made freely available to VCOs and social enterprises in Dudley and at low-cost to others outside Dudley.  View presentation.

Charlotte Pace, trainer, researcher and facilitator, the Institute for Voluntary Action Research, spoke about some of the national social value programmes she has been involved with — in particular the Health & Social Value Programme and Building Health Partnerships Round 2. She explained the steps taken by Halton Borough Council (Widnes) and the Salford City Partnership to embed social value in their procurement and commissioning processes. The latter is an interesting example of a city partnership adopting a social value charter.  View presentation.

Finally, Sarah Crawley, CEO, iSE, spoke about the experience of developing the Digbeth Social Enterprise Quarter as part of SEUK’s ‘social enterprise place’ project. Over 50 social enterprises trade in an area barely more than a square mile or so in Birmingham’s oldest industrial quarter, Digbeth. The DSEQ is exploring the business and social value gains to be had from a ‘cluster’ of social enterprises seeking to work together in a more inter-related way. The DSEQ is one year old and celebrates its first anniversary of the 16th December 2014.  View presentation.

We would like to thank everyone who took part — especially those speakers who travelled to the vent and took time to prepare detailed presentations.

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You can see all of BSSEC’s materials on social value here:

Interesting video debate on social value with a panel including Hazel Blears MP

Birmingham City Council and social value

→ Useful resources

→  Social value — one year on

Key findings from two years’ work

→ All blog posts tagged ‘social value’

Do you want to volunteer in a social enterprise?

Unemployed? Aged 19-plus? Want to find out how employing in a social enterprise could boost your skills, confidence and chances in the job market?

Then get along to iSE’s forthcoming briefing session on VISE — Volunteering in Social Enterprise.

Bookings/enquiries/information — send mail to Barbara Murphy or ring 0121 771 1411.

Digbeth Social Enterprise Quarter attracts new retailer

The Digbeth Social Enterprise Quarter has just attracted a new retailer — Textiles by St Anne’s has just opened its first shop, with an official launch presided over by council leader Sir Albert Bore, no less.

The shop, in Alcester Street, Digbeth, is a new venture for Textiles by St Anne’s, which offers a bespoke textiles service to both contract and private customers. It already supplies prestige clients such as Aston Hall, Liberty of London, Paperchase and the Victoria and Albert Museum, but now local people  can also pop in for alterations, special gifts and custom-made orders.

Textiles by St Anne’s is affiliated to the mental health charity BITA Pathways and has been in operation for nearly 15 years. It supports adults with mental health difficulties.

The enterprise is also popular with with young designers — such as Abigail Borg [pictured] — keen to have their products made by an organisation which reinvests its profits in helping people who are disadvantaged in the job market.

Speaking at the launch, Sir Albert Bore [pictured] said, “It gives me great pleasure to be supporting this enterprise, which is doing such excellent work.  And I am delighted to see Digbeth Social Enterprise Quarter flourishing, attracting new enterprises and creating new opportunities a year after I launched it.  Social Enterprise is making a significant contribution towards Birmingham’s economy.”

Congratulations to Textiles by St Anne’s, and to the DSEQ — happy first anniversary!

You can attend the DSEQ’s first anniversary bash at 23 Moseley Rd, Digbeth on Tuesday 16th December 2014 from 12.00 until 2pm. Festive grub included!

Consultation on Birmingham City Council’s third sector strategy

This news just in…

Birmingham City Council has had a long and productive relationship with third sector organisations across the city and recognises the sector as a valuable partner in the delivery of effective and efficient public services.

Severe cuts to the council’s budget mean this relationship is now even more important, with the sector playing an increasingly critical role in supporting the council to achieve its priorities.

To facilitate this, BCC has developed a draft Third Sector Strategy and this is now out for consultation from 9 Dec 2014 to 2 Mar 2015.

Read the draft strategy and give your views.

More on the BVSC website.

Update from GBSLEP ESIF Committee

 

Many of you will recall from this post that we recently elected a social enterprise representative to the Greater Birmingham & Solihull LEP ESIF Committee. This is the committee that has responsibility for overseeing the LEP’s European & Structural Investment Fund plans.

Tony Clabby was elected (with Melanie Mills as the alternate for the occasions when he cannot attend).

Tony attended an ESIF Shadow Committee meeting on the 15th October 2014 and has asked that this update be published here:

Update from GBSLEP ESIF Committee

Very soon after the election/selection process for Social Enterprise representation I attended a meeting of the Shadow ESIF Committee on the 15th October at the Council House.

The meeting was chaired by Cllr Ian Courts from Solihull MBC who will remain as chair when the ESIF committee moves on from its’ shadow form. This is expected to be the next meeting on 17th December 2014.

The meeting was mainly a series of updates.

Firstly, from Mark Foley of DCLG (which is the Managing Authority for the programme).

Secondly, from Lloyd Broad (BCC) on the Local Implementation Plan (LIP). Lloyd will present the draft LIP at the ESIF Committee meeting on 17/12/14.

Mark Reed (BCC) then gave brief updates on ERDF, ESF and EAFRD.

I raised discussions on the Third Sector requiring Technical Assistance to build capacity in order to submit large scale/LEP area wide bids and potential joint ERDF/ESF bids.

Liz Grove (Solihull MBC) briefly talked about communication channels and “pipeline projects” which are now to be referred to as “Priorities for Investment”. It was indicated that the prospectus for calls is expected to be reviewed in December.

So, in summary – not a great deal of hard facts and figures but what I have gleaned is not great news for the sector:

  • Firstly, as we already knew, GBSLEP has chosen not to opt in for the Lottery match on offer, making it very difficult for Third Sector organisations to find match.
  • Secondly, the LEP wants to see bids in excess of £1m.
  • Finally, the LEP wants all bids to be LEP-wide.

 

Since this meeting of the ESIF committee a meeting has been arranged between the LEPs on the 9th December and I will feed back on that subsequently. It will be interesting if LEPs are restructured in line with any proposed Combined Authority for the West Midlands as Black Country and Coventry/Warwickshire have opted in for match while GBSLEP has opted out.

Further updates to follow after meetings on 9th and 17th December.

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Social value will be part of 7th May 2015 election manifestos for all parties, says Hazel Blears MP

 

AnswerTime® — a new WebTV format developed by InformationDaily.TV — invited Hazel Blears MP, Professor Olinga Ta’eed, Jenni Inglis, Phil Loach, Guy Battle and an audience of experts to discuss delivery and measurement of Social Value.

Tony Clabby and I from BSSEC, Melanie Mills from SEWM and about twenty-five other invited guests were in the audience for this — the first of a series of panel discussions on key policy issues being filmed for webcast by Boilerhouse Media.

 Watch the video.

Hazel Blears MP (Labour, Salford and Eccles) was one of the architects of the Social Value Act, alongside the promoter of the original Private Member’s Bill, Chris White MP (Conservative, Warwick & Leamington) and she is now part of the cross-party team  reviewing the implementation the new law, under the chairmanship of Lord Young.

“Social value is a win-win for everyone” said Blears in an upbeat assessment of the law. “It has massive potential to ensure that better value-for-money services are provided to improve life for our communities and to boost responsible local firms, social enterprises and charities by helping them to secure work and enhance their reputation.”

Audience views were in some cases more sceptical. Many speakers highlighted the problems that trying to evidence and measure social value poses.

Phil Loach, the chief fire officer for the West Midlands, highlighted public spending cuts (5:30). Prevention work and risk management have reduced incidents requiring fire service call-out in the WM by around 40%. But rather than being rewarded for this, “the government thinks we therefore need 40% fewer firefighters,” he explained. At one point — footage that didn’t make the final cut — he went on to make the point that the fire service knows it “does” social value, but struggles to articulate it.

That will be a view that resonates with many.

Guy Battle noted that many public authorities — and private businesses wanting to do public sector business too — are desperate for guidance.

Hazel Blears agreed strongly, saying that she hoped the present review process would result inn some light-touch practical guidance — something government has so far help off from issuing.

She reinforced this point saying that the aim now was to ensure that social value featured in all the 2015 general election manifestos. “Some people don’t believe that political manifestos are important, but I know they are,” she said. “I want to see half a page on social value, social enterprise and social investment in each of the manifestos — because when a new government comes in, the civil servants look at the manifestos and say, ‘This is the programme we’ve got to deliver in the next five years.'”

At the very least, events like this help stimulate debate — but in this case, it could also inform the current review process, and that’s a good thing.

Full disclosure: my own contribution ended up on the cutting room floor. That’s the nature of TV, but one can’t help but take it personally…

A big thank you to all the people at Boilerhouse Media who made this happen.

Watch the video.

New Ideas on Social Value – Confirmed Speakers

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New Ideas on Social Value is just a month away and will showcase great examples of social impact and social value and highlight examples of best practice. The event features a range of speakers that have expertise in outcomes based commissioning, social impact measurement or co-production.

New Ideas on Social Value, provides an insight into this challenging area and will be of interest to commissioners in the public sector, local authority directorates and leaders in voluntary and social enterprise sectors.

Confirmed Speakers:

Paul Maubach, Cheif Accountable Officer for Dudley CCG, with be talking about new approaches that Dudley CCG have taken to work with and build the capacity of the VCSE Sector in Dudley.

Mark Ellerby, Director of Cloudberry, will demonstrating PSIAMS, a new impact  and Outcomes measurement CRM system that measures Social Value, Social Impact and Social Capital.

Charlotte Pace, Trainer and Facilitator for IVAR, will be highlighting local, regional and national initiates and schemes in the VCSE sector that are impacting on social value.

Sarah Crawlley, CEO of i-SE, will be be presenting about DESQ (Digbeth Social Enterprise Quarter) and  the advantages of placed based social value.

To join the event please register here. Please note – VCSE Sector places are now full, but you can add yourself to the waiting list. A limited number of Commissioner, Funders and Stakeholder places are still available.

 

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Social enterprise walk — 26th Nov

Join iSE for the latest social enterprise walk – visit Digbeth social enterprises and find out first hand what makes them tick. Sensible shoes a must! Contact Marija at iSE on 0121 771 1411 to book or send her mail.

Birmingham City Council — social value and market-shaping conference

Birmingham City Council is holding a ‘market-shaping’ conference for suppliers and those wishing to be suppliers of services commissioned by the Directorate for People.

Social Value — Partners in Communities: Birmingham City Council Commissioning Conference takes place at Edgbaston Cricket Ground on Wednesday 12th November from 09.00am-4.45pm.

It is free and you can book here.

BCC says of the event:

This conference event will give providers an opportunity to learn more about the Social Value agenda and the benefits to the organisation.

The day will provide a mix of key note speeches (from both a political and operational perspective) and workshops, with a focus on Social Value and how the Council and service providers can work together to meet this agenda.

In line with the Council’s commitment to a mixed social care market, we warmly welcome service providers from across the 3rd Sector, not-for-profit, public and private sectors. Providers regardless of where they operate within the social care system, including universal and preventative, enabling, assessing and planning services as well as that delivering direct care provision are all very welcome.