Jericho Foundation holds first social enterprise workshop

Inaugural social enterprise workshop at The Jericho Foundation – CEO Richard Beard speaking

Richard Beard, CEO of The Jericho Foundation writes:

On the 26th January 2017 The Jericho Foundation ran its very first Social Enterprise workshop aimed at connecting, equipping and empowering churches and Christian organisations with the basic knowledge and resources to engage in social change through social enterprise.

We have over 20 years’ experience of running social enterprise businesses across Birmingham and at its heart Jericho has a Christian mission  to help break down the barriers of unemployment in the city. We currently employ around 72 core staff and a further 17 apprentices and survivors of human trafficking who are undertaking supported work placements across our social enterprises. Our turnover is approximately £3.2m a year of which 86% comes from social enterprise trading.

We began the day by sharing the Jericho story and the vision, passion and faith that are the foundation of Jericho.

Throughout the day members of the senior management team shared their tips and advice and there were speakers from our print, catering, construction, landscape, cleaning, recycling and re-using businesses. Delegates were also able to explore and develop their own social enterprise business ideas.

Our aim was to spread the social enterprise message and equip delegates with the basic, practical know-how to start developing their own enterprises in the local communities they serve. The positive feedback from delegates suggests that we went a long way towards achieving this and we shall certainly be continuing with these workshops in the future.

For information on future workshops please send mail to Patricia White

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Birmingham UK. Freelance research, evaluation and policy consultant specialising in social enterprise and the third sector. I maintain the BSSEC blog and website

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