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Charitable Trusts West Midlands — consultancy opportunity

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Charitable Trusts West Midlands, the membership association for trusts and foundations operating in the West Midlands, is seeking an appropriately skilled provider to undertake a marketing and communications review for the group, including marketing the network, improvement and development of copy, and marketing templates for communicating to existing membership and recruiting new members.

Read the brief here.

Download the brief and some associated papers in a zip file here.

 

Trading on the internet — workshop

Trading on the Internet, will be held on the 30th October from 9.30 – 12.30pm and will delivered by Nate and Martin from Citizen Click.  For bookings please contact Marija on 0121 771 1411 or send her mail.

Over 19 and unemployed? Want to boost your employability?

iSE has begun  a new programme to help unemployed over-19s gain skills and experience by volunteering in social enterprises. See the flyer below.

If you are interested please send mail to Emma Nugent or call 0121 771 1411 or simply pop in and see the folks at 23 Moseley Road, Digbeth, Birmingham B12 0HJ.

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Government to review social value Act

Third Sector online has just announced that the government is planning a review of the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 to see whether it might be extended — for example, to cover the public purchase of goods, rather than only services, as the Act currently stipulates.

The Cabinet Office working group will be led by Lord Young, the PM’s adviser on enterprise, and will include Chris White MP, who introduced the original Private Member’s Bill which led to the Act, Hazel Blears MP, and Michael O’Toole, the first and now outgoing crown representative for the Voluntary Sector.

The review will invite comments and submissions and report in 2015.

Interestingly, amongst those quoted by Third Sector, Neil Cleeveley, acting CEO of NAVCA, says, “We want the social value act extended to cover all contracts, something they have already managed in Birmingham.”

This is perfectly true but probably still not widely known. As well as being amongst the first to adopt an explicit social value policy, Birmingham City Council also committed itself to applying the social value legislation as widely as possible — to goods as well as services, and to all contract values, not just those above the EU thresholds.

I believe that the work currently being undertaken by the Centre for Citizenship, Enterprise & Governance — which we reported on in this report (p.5) — may be connected with the government’s review.

Interesting times. Watch this space.

Read more materials about social value

Birmingham City Council and social value

→ Useful resources

→  Social value — one year on

Key findings from two years’ work

→ All blog post tagged ‘social value’

BSSEC Annual Report 2014 published

We have just published our second Annual Report. Now that we have two Annual Reports available we have started a new page on the website to archive them.

The trading and social policy climate for social enterprises continues to be exceptionally difficult and as in preceding years we have made great efforts to focus our efforts on strategic activity that can help create a more favourable environment for social enterprises. We would like to give you some examples of how we have done this.

Please read our latest (Sept 2014) Annual Report to find out more about BSSEC’s recent work.

iSE offers Meaningful Marketing master class

iSE is offering a Meaningful Marketing master class — please see flyer below.

Please note that eligibility criteria apply. For more information and bookings send mail to Marija Sakalauskaite.

New report explores viability of a single integrated approach to social value measurement in Birmingham

 

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The Centre for Citizenship, Enterprise & Governance at Northampton University has just reported on work it and a number of academic partners have been doing in Birmingham to design a software-based solution that would help the council fully implement social value and especially its ambitious Birmingham Business Charter for Social Responsibility.

The report makes the business case for a sort of social value Hub for Birmingham funded via a 2% levy on BCC contract values. If implemented the Hub would institute a cloud-based software solution for social value measurement, contract performance/compliance, reporting, tenders assessment etc. (See especially chapters 9, 10, 13, 15 and 18-23.)  You can read the report here.

Is the core idea proposed in the report the right, best or only approach? Frankly, we don’t know. But it is a basis for informed and provocative debate  to which many individuals and organisations from a range of disciplines and interests could make a valuable contribution. And we would certainly welcome such a debate/roundtable if others are interested.

Many will also be interested in an early preview of the UK Social Value Portal CCEG is developing.

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UPDATE 17/09/14: Professor Olinga Ta’eed, Director, Centre for Citizenship Enterprise and Governance, adds this note of clarification:

The report entitled “Social Value in Birmingham” is a redacted independent report commissioned for Birmingham City Council by a multi-disciplinary team led by the Centre for Citizenship, Enterprise and Governance. The views expressed do not necessarily represent the views of BCC who remain committed to maximising social value across the city through their ground breaking Birmingham Charter for Social Responsibility. At this stage the report is only being used as a starting point for discussion on how we help BCC deliver their social value policy agenda and does not commit the council to any particular course of action. This is not only a local but a national, and international, agenda and BCC, as well as CCEG, will feed back when we have arrived at a consensus and a direction how best to take it forward.

These materials are made available at the invitation of CCEG.

Voting for social enterprise rep to the Greater Birmingham & Solihull European Structural & Investment Funds Committee

Please note that in order to vote you should be from an organisation based in the Greater Birmingham & Solihull LEP area, as seen above

 

Voting for social enterprise rep to the Greater Birmingham & Solihull European Structural & Investment Funds Committee

Please note that in order to vote you should be from an organisation based in the Greater Birmingham & Solihull LEP area, as seen above.

Further to this post, three nominations were received for the position of social enterprise representative and we need to proceed to a ballot. The three nominees are:

  • Tony Clabby, The Digbeth Trust
  • Jonathan Harris, The Enterprise Foundation
  • Melanie Mills, Social Enterprise West Midlands

 

Sarah Crawley, iSE, has withdrawn her nomination.

You have one vote. The candidate scoring the highest number of votes will be Lead Rep. The second highest will be Substitute. The nominee polling the lowest vote is eliminated.

Please cast your anonymous vote here  until midnight on Wed 17th September 2014.

The Nominees’ Statements are included on the voting website.

Good luck to the nominees.

Nominations for social enterprise rep to the Greater Birmingham & Solihull European Structural & Investment Funds Committee

Please note that in order to nominate you should be from an organisation based in the Greater Birmingham & Solihull LEP area, as seen above

This,  just in from The Digbeth Trust, which has offered to co-ordinate the nominations process…

Nominations for social enterprise rep to the Greater Birmingham & Solihull European Structural & Investment Funds Committee

The government has outlined new plans for how Local Enterprise Partnerships must set up sub-committees responsible for the management of EU funds. The voluntary sector and social enterprises are to have two places on this sub-committee — one for the VCS and one for the social enterprise sector.

Please note that colleagues are undertaking a separate exercise for the VCS rep. This post concerns only the social enterprise representative. If you are able to alert other known social enterprise contacts, networks or umbrella groups elsewhere in the GBSLEP area please do so. Thank you.

Please see the  invitation from Andy Street, chair of Greater Birmingham & Solihull LEP (GBSLEP). We have to submit a nomination and named substitutes by noon next Thursday 18th September 2014.

Earlier today (11/09/14) the GBSLEP Third Sector/Social Enterprise Sub Group meeting agreed a way to respond to this opportunity – given the time constraints.

Tony Clabby, CEO of The Digbeth Trust and Sarah Crawley, CEO of Initiative for Social Entrepreneurs (i-SE) have offered to act as the main representative and substitute respectively but they are not precious about this and will support anyone who feels they are better placed to act in this capacity.

If you wish to be considered, please send a very brief synopsis listing your skills, experience and ability to connect with the sector. Please respond by sending mail to info<at>digbethtrust<dot>org<dot>uk by Monday 15th September. The sub group will then select the best candidates.

If you are happy with Tony & Sarah acting as the sectors representatives then your endorsement would be appreciated. Silence is taken to mean consent.

Many thanks in advance for your co-operation in what I fully appreciate is not an ideal process but is the best we could do within the time constraints.

Bibsy Bananas is latest in surge of social enterprises to take up loan finance

Bibs Berry of social enterprise nursery Bibsy Bananas

Bibs Berry of social enterprise nursery Bibsy Bananas

ART (Aston Reinvestment Trust), a social enterprise itself, has been lending to social enterprises since it started in 1997.  In recent years, perhaps not surprisingly in view of the challenging economic environment and huge public sector spending cuts, very few have come forward looking for loans.  2014, however, has seen an upsurge in enquiries and loans agreed.  It seems that social enterprises working in a variety of sectors now have the confidence to invest in growth and the future.  One of latest is Bibsy Bananas, set up in 2012 by the inspiring young entrepreneur Bibs Berry.

Bibs says she began working with children when she was just 11 – and always knew what she wanted to do.  By the age of 14 she had her first business plan.  Aged 16 she began gaining qualifications in childcare and youth work.  And at 23 her dream of running her own nursery, youth facility, after school and holiday clubs had come true.  Bibsy Bananas, with the obviously true strapline ‘where fun is at the core of learning’, was established in Castle Vale, Birmingham in 2012 and moved to Bromford in 2013.

Bibs approached us looking for a loan to help her renovate two properties in Bromford, which needed to be made fit to accommodate a nursery and a ‘youth den’.  Her application was approved and she subsequently had this to say:  “The ART team made the lending process understandable.  There was no jargon.  What’s more, Graham has been out to see us a few times since we’ve had the loan and taken a real interest in how we are getting on.  There is a relationship there now.”

Typically of a social enterprise, it was not just the money that made the renovation possible.  It was also the contribution of staff, their partners and families, parents and the local community.  Bibs says: “Everyone pulled together to do the painting, cleaning and as many of the other necessary jobs as possible.  It was fantastic.”

The nursery can now take up to 50 children and the premises for older children can take up to 90, although Bibs prefers to keep it at 60.  A visit shows just how much the children enjoy being in the stimulating environment, using the facilities and making new friends.  The staff team of 16 is clearly well trained, dedicated, and able to create a very warm and supportive atmosphere.

Looking to the future, Bibs is full of ideas for expansion and extension of Bibsy Bananas’ services.  “We work quickly and are growing rapidly,” she says.  “ART enabled us to keep up the pace.  Without them we wouldn’t be where we are today.”

We hope that others will be inspired by Bibs’ story to come forward an approach ART for a loan.  Loan finance for social enterprises does have its advantages:

FIVE REASONS FOR SOCIAL ENTERPRISES TO USE LOAN FINANCE

  • It can support cashflow whilst you are waiting for payments that only come at the end of a project
  • It can be used to pay for people or equipment that enable to you generate income that exceeds the cost of the loan in the long term
  • It comes without the onerous paperwork and reporting required with some grant funding, so if you are using it to generate income it can be a less time-consuming, more straightforward, transaction
  • It can be used to invest in building work or equipment that saves energy or streamlines processes, enabling the organisation to save money in the long term which more than covers the cost of the loan
  • If you have a good idea for generating income, it can help you set up and start earning money quickly

 

To find out more visit our website or call us on 0121 359 2444.

Ticket offer for META-Health Conference, 12th-14th September, Solihull

META-Health Conference 2014

There’s still time to book a one, two or three day ticket to the 6th International META-Health Conference, which opens in Solihull on Friday 12th September.  And if you book online using the codes below you’ll get a discount.

If you’re interested in health and wellbeing, either personally or professionally, don’t miss this opportunity to hear and question the world’s leading thinkers, practitioners and trainers in META-Health – an integrated bio-psycho-social approach to understanding the triggers of many common conditions, including metabolic syndrome, diabetes, cancer, obesity and high blood pressure.

The conference programme is designed to take you on a journey, considering a new paradigm in health care and how to build a bridge between existing approaches and an integrative approach, which supports the mind in healing the body.

1 day ticket = £157
1 day – 88581 (save £11)

2 day ticket = £297
2 day – 88581 (save £21)

3 day ticket = £397
3 day – 88581 (save £30)

Birmingham new-start Little Miss Creative launches in New York

Set up only this year, Birmingham social enterprise Little Miss Creative gives a voice to young creative women, creating the next generation of free thinking female leaders who will inform and shape the future.

And they’re already off to the US for a New York launch that will give America a taste of the company’s unique approach to professional development.

On 4th September, Little Miss Creative will host Brand You NYC, a networking event for young females in the Big Apple. This special event marks the start of Little Miss Creative’s global movement.

Since its inception in January 2014, Little Miss Creative has created social impact amongst young women in Birmingham, engaging with over 1,000 women in its first year, working with organisations such as the Midlands Art Centre, South & City College and Microsoft UK.

Brand You NYC has the support of a number of prominent New York female professionals including Hadiiya Barbel, a celebrity hair stylist whose clients include Ashanti and Wendy Williams, Claudine Moore, an award-winning PR expert working with Nike and Coca Cola, and Susan Oludele, a blogger and celebrity hair stylist, whose clients include Beyonce and Keri Hilson.

Selina Brown, founder and CEO of Little Miss Creative says, “Brand You NYC is the start of a worldwide mission to create the next generation of female leaders. We are excited for what the future holds.”

Entry to Brand You is FREE and starts at 6:30 pm, on September 4th, at Alley NYC 500 7th Avenue, New York 10018 (if you happen by any chance to be in New York) and for more information about Little Miss Creative you can send mail to Selina Leah Harrison  or ring 0121 403 3773.

 

Tran-si-tion — international regeneration and arts conference, Longbridge, October 2014

Arts organisation WERK and the Longbridge Public Art Project are currently organising the Longbridge Light Festival for October 2014 Longbridge. As part of the festival there will be a one day international conference called Tran-si-tion at which international keynote speakers will explore the topics of regeneration, placemaking, urban design, strategic planning and art in a social context.

Please see below or go to the Longbridge Public Art Project, the Longbridge Light Festival, or here for the full Tran-si-tion conference programme.

 

University of Birmingham & Santander seek social enterprises to host fully-funded internships

The University of Birmingham is working with Santander to offer twelve social enterprises the chance to benefit from the support of one of our talented students in the summer of 2015.

Proposals must be submitted and agreed by December 2014.

For more information send mail to Natasha Kerven or read the flyer.

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Anthony Collins hosts free funding for growth event

Anthony Collins Solicitors invites you to “Funding for Growth: An Alternative to High Street Banks”, a half-day workshop hosted by Anthony Collins Solicitors and presented by Big Issue Invest and Unity Trust Bank.

The event is on:

25th September 2014 from 09.30am-1pm at Anthony Collins’ offices, 134 Edmund St, Birmingham.

The event is aimed at socially driven organisations especially in health, care and well-being that are looking to grow and need access to loan finance (£50k to £10m) from alternative sources to the high street banks.

Kevin Lloyd-Evans: Regional Investment Manager, Midlands & The North of England, Big Issue Invest.

Steve Cronin: Head of Lending- Social Economy, Unity Trust Bank.

Angela Southall: Founder and CEO of Midlands Psychology. Midlands Psychology in partnership with Big Issue Invest has developed a unique supported living facility in Staffordshire for people with learning disability/autism and complex needs.

Attendees will include finance directors, business development managers from residential and domiciliary care providers, housing associations, charities and social enterprises.

This event is free but places are limited.

Book here.

Digbeth Social Enterprise Qtr and Zellig team up for first Social Saturday market

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The first Social Saturday is fast approaching on the 13th September — a national initiative to raise awareness of social enterprise and encourage consumers to buy from the sector.

Birmingham’s Social Saturday, organised jointly by iSE and the Digbeth Social Enterprise Qtr, will be a retro-themed market from 10.00am-4.00pm at Zellig at the Custard Factory.

There will be  food, homeware, handmade gifts, vintage goods and much more. There will also be a photo exhibition exploring views on Digbeth together with art and craft displays by local artists, performance and live music.

Put the date in the diary and come and celebrate the work of Social Enterprises in and around Birmingham!

For stall bookings and further information contact Sophia King at iSE — send mail to Sophia or ring 0121 771 1411.

St Paul’s CDT is recruiting…

This just in from St Paul’s Community Development Trust, Balsall Heath:

“St. Paul’s Community Development Trust has a number of exciting employment opportunities available at our long established charity based in Balsall Heath, Birmingham.

We are currently looking to appoint staff in areas such as cleaning, ICT, Key stage two and three teaching, post-16 employment support and training coordination.

You can find further details of all vacancies here.”

‘What’s the current position on social value?’

That’s what someone asked me on Friday of last week. So, further to this post, here’s a quick update for those who have been struggling to find the time to keep up with developments around social value.

Key Findings: Synopsis report — the current position in nine points and three pages.

‘Power to Change’ programme supports community enterprises

The Big Lottery Fund has just announced that a contract worth over £235,000 has been awarded to a consortium led by Locality, with UnLtd and Plunkett Foundation, to deliver support to community enterprises across England over the next six months. The aim is to provide initial support and information to community-led groups that will want to bid to the lottery’s Power to Change fund, a new a £150m Big Lottery programme backed by Trinity Mirror. Power to Change opens for applications later this year.

Community enterprises are about people coming together to tackle a local need and making their community a better place to live.

This could mean stopping a local library, community centre, pub or shop from closing by taking over responsibility for running it, or setting up a new enterprise that improves opportunities for local people and re-invests profits back into the community.

A series of Power to Change roadshows is about to start. The Birmingham roadshow is on Tuesday 16th September, 10am-4.30pm at BVSC.

More on the BVSC website.

More on the Locality website.

Book for the Birmingham roadshow.

 

Social value — key findings report from our two-year project

For the past two years we have been delivering a Barrow Cadbury Trust-funded project to support the practical implementation of the new social value legislation.

During this time we have worked with Birmingham City Council and other public service commissioners to devise meaningful and ‘do-able’ approaches to implementing social value, and produced briefing resources and free workshops to help social enterprises and trading voluntary organisations improve their readiness and ability to utilise this new legislation and compete within its terms.

This two-year project is now ending and today (07/08/14) we are publishing a summary of Key Findings. This is a short report summarising the most important trends and messages in social value implementation, with some observations about the practical support needs social enterprises have in order to better rise to the challenge of social value.

→ Key Findings

→ Key Findings: Synopsis — in none points and three pages.

The future

We are delighted to announce that this does not signal the end of our work on social value. The Barrow Cadbury Trust has generously agreed to fund a further three years’ work and we would like to take this opportunity to thank the Trust for its support.

Over the next three years we will be looking more widely at progress on social value amongst other types of public authorities, looking particularly for good practice that is transferable, and most importantly making clear recommendations for the sector about tools and approaches to evidencing and reporting on social value that work.

We would like to thank all those who contributed to the project, especially Birmingham City Council, all those who have attended workshops and given generously of their time in producing presentations, all those who have followed this work and made use of our reports and briefings, and all those who have taken the time to comment on the work and encourage us in what we have tried to do.