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Early Day Motion 747 is Cleared for Take Off

The Big Lottery Refund Campaign has secured an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons, sponsored by Jim Cunningham MP, the member for Coventry South.

What's an Early Day Motion?

Early Day Motions (EDMs) are formal motions submitted for debate in the House of Commons. If we can get a high number of MP's to sign it will be good for publicity and could help the campaign 'take off' in a big way!

This EDM can help demonstrate support for the campaign to the Government, inform MP's about the campaign, and help us achieve further media interest. This is a massive opportunity to drive the campaign forward, and we need your help!

The full text of the EDM is available here.

How you can help Please take a few minutes today to lobby your MP to sign EDM 747. We are doing this ourselves of course, but requests from constituents will have more impact.

Special Offer for Good Deals

Wednesday 28th November 2012, 6:30pm - Thursday 29th November 2012, 5:30pm

 Special offer for UK’s top social investment event

Good Deals is the UK's leading social investment conference. Taking place on Wednesday 28 November (evening only) and Thursday 29 November, the conference connects mainstream investors, institutional investors, foundations, advisors, policy makers, support networks and social entrepreneurs to be inspired, learn from each other and do business together.

Social Firms UK is really pleased to be able to offer all our members a half price ticket.

This year the bill includes President Obama's special adviser on social innovation, Jonathan Greenblatt, Big Society Capital head honcho Nick O'Donohoe and will feature a host of useful workshops to help social entrepreneurs scale, increase impact and win investment. Visit to see the full programme.

Good Deals

Social Firms UK unveils New Logo

At our AGM on 12th November, Social Firms UK unveiled our new logo. The main logo is now at the top of our website, and will be introduced to all online media over the next few days. We will also be using our secondary "square" version where space is limited, or to reinforce the brand where reusing the main logo would be repetitive.

We are very proud of the fresh new open  look - it brings our image and feel into the 21st century, and reflects - we hope - a fresh approach to membership and building our community. SocialFirmsUKSquare.jpg

We would love to hear what you think!


Boosting Your Business & AGM 2012

Social Firms UK's Boosting Your Business event took place at Community Trade Union's conference centre at Earls Barton in Northamptonshire.

The event kicked off with an address by Joe Mann, the Deputy General Secretary of Community, who gave an overview of the Union and social enterprise. Joe himself is no stranger to the sector, serving on the Board of Social Firms UK members Newco and Remploy.

Joe was followed by Jon Field of Unity Trust Bank, who spoke on Business and Investment Readiness, and then Wray Irwin from the University of Northampton, who gave a summary on the current options for  Business Support scene. 

The event was rounded up by John Pepin, who presented on Flourishing through Growth. 


Opportunity for Free Business Consultancy Advice: Inspiring Futures with Plymouth University

Social Enterprise University Enterprise Network (SE-UEN) is partnering with Plymouth Business School’s ‘Inspiring Futures’ project this year.

This initiative is designed to enhance the employability skills of first Year School of Management students through experience of real life consultancy projects. It was extremely well received last year by both the students and companies involved and we are currently extending the offer through the SE-UEN to ensure that students have the opportunity to gain their experience in a social enterprise setting.

Please find below the Inspiring Futures paperwork; this includes initiative description, student-employer learning agreement, and project brief form for companies to complete.


Santander Launches Community Plus Fund in UK

Social Firms that are also UK-registered charities that can apply now for grants of up to £5,000. The funding can help with the cost of salaries, equipment or materials for projects that assist disadvantaged people within the UK. Projects must be local.

Applications can be made by a simple nomination form which can be picked up at any Santander local branch or by downloading one from the Santander Foundation's website.

Nomination forms may be submitted at any time. Entries will be considered regionally and successful charities will be notified within two months of submitting their nomination.

Santander Foundation Manager Alan Eagle said:

“We have been delighted by the response to Community Plus across the South West. There is a real appetite for small grants to help build local projects so we have decided to bring forward the launch of the nationwide scheme, which was originally scheduled for next year.

Social Impact: Social Enterprise App

Social Impact: Social Enterprise App

Social Impact is the free global app (short for application) that uses the GPS feature in a iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to display retail social enterprises that are closest to you RIGHT NOW, wherever you are.

Many of these businesses are restaurants, coffee shops, catering services, bakeries, and ice cream stores, which create local social impact from every pound you spend. Other listed businesses are "fair trade" stores or social enterprises with online ordering capabilities.

On your computer, visit On an iPhone or iPad, visit the App Store, then type Social Impact in search box.

Add A Business to the App

Please contact to add a business to the app. Let him know that you heard about it from Social Firms UK.

Do The Honours

 The Cabinet Office has produced the attached leaflet to encourage nominations, seeking in particular to increase the proportion of honours awarded to women and nominees from regions that are currently under-represented in the honours list.


About that First Tweet

Unity Trust Bank and Social Misfits Media engage every day with charities, social enterprises, and other organisations who are dedicated to making social change. And yet, many of them are not strategically using social media to broaden their audiences, spread messages and, crucially, fundraise. That's why they've put together "About that First Tweet" - a practical guide to social media for charities and social enterprises.

The Guide, assembles the thoughts of nearly 200 small and medium-sized charities and social enterprises on social media and includes interviews with social media experts from Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, all of who give tips on how to best engage with the platforms they provide; case studies of organisations who've successfully used social media to achieve off-line goals; a checklist of reminders and tips; and further reading.

Click here to download "About that First Tweet"