iSE — first business support specialist in WM to gain Social Enterprise Mark

iSE has become the first business support specialist in the region to have its application for the Social Enterprise Mark approved.

SEs seeking to gain the kitemark scheme are assessed by an independent panel using strict qualifying criteria. Applicants must show through their Constitution that a sufficient proportion of the profit made by the business is spent on socially beneficial purposes. They must also show by their activities and their accounts that trading is a key driver and that profit generated is used for social or community benefit. The Mark is intended to enable social enterprises to promote their values-driven business and demonstrate their social outcomes

iSE will be formally awarded the kitemark on 2nd February at the Voice10 social enterprise conference when the SE Mark — originally begun by RISE in the south-west — is officially relaunched as a national scheme.

iSE is only the second social enterprise in Birmingham to acquire the Mark. The first, Gateway Family Services (CIC), received theirs on Social Enterprise Day.

Sarah Crawley, iSE’s CEO, says, “It’s still relatively rare for a business support organisation to be itself an independent social enterprise as iSE is and the SE Mark will really help us get across the message that we practise what we preach. Andy Beaton has done a fantastic job of steering us through the assessment process and I can’t think of a better way of ending our tenth anniversary year.

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