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Nine misconceptions about social investment

CAF bust nine myths in a helpful Guardian article about social investment. They consider these nine preconceptions:

  1.  Social investment is a form of income for charities
  2. Loans are risky for charities
  3. Social investment is rigid and offers little flexibility
  4. Loan finance is unaffordable
  5. It is complex and difficult to understand
  6. The social investment sector is new
  7. It’s only suited to large organisations who have significant financial resources
  8. The investment process is burdensome
  9. The market is focused on London  

Third Sector Loan Fund Launches

The Fund invests between £250,000 and £3 million in charities and social enterprises across the UK. The Fund can support organisations across all social sectors, focused on improving the economic and social well-being of individuals, particularly those who are vulnerable and disadvantaged.

To be eligible for investment, your organisation must demonstrate the following:

Calculating holiday pay

In addition to current legislation, a number of recent court judgments should be considered when calculating holiday pay. This may mean that the rules employers and workers follow to calculate their own holiday pay will need to be updated. ACAS are updating their information.

Six things you need to do when employing staff for the first time

Taking on an employee means there are things you need to check, not just when they start working for you, but each year too.

Deciding how much to pay someone or checking if they have the legal right to work in the UK are just some of the things you need to consider.

HMRC provides information to help you decide what you need to do to get things right.

  1. Read about six things you need to do when employing staff for the first time
  2. See if you can reduce the amount of National Insurance you pay with the Employment Allowance
  3. Check that you are paying your worker the National Minimum Wage here: National Minimum Wage calculator for employers

If you have any questions about employing staff, you can ask HMRC on Twitter @HMRCbusiness.  

The Government Exchange

A one-day event matching small businesses with buyers from government departments and large government suppliers looking for small business contractors.

Government (local and central) spends £230bn per year on products and services. Government has set a goal that 25% of this spend should be with small businesses by 2015. Attend this event  on 8th December 2014 to understand the opportunities available to your company to sell to government or their largest suppliers.

The Accessible Britain Challenge Awards 2015

The Accessible Britain Challenge encourages communities to be inclusive and accessible. That means working with disabled people to remove the barriers that stop them participating fully in their community.

The UK’s 12.2 million disabled people make a positive contribution to employment and local economies. The Accessible Britain Challenge wants to share great examples of this so others can learn from them.

Who it’s for?

The Accessible Britain Challenge is for members of the community, eg:

  • local businesses
  • local councils
  • voluntary and community groups
  • disabled people’s groups

Supporting information

To support the challenge and share good practice, the Office for Disability Issues (ODI) has produced:

Tax reliefs can help social firms save money

Tax reliefs can help businesses save money

Do you know that there are a range of tax reliefs/allowances that you may be able to claim that could help save your business money?

Some may not be immediately relevant to your business, but knowing about them can help you plan for the future.

Whether you are thinking of investing or buying assets for your business, or simply thinking of employing someone, there may be a tax relief or allowance that you are entitled to.

See what reliefs/allowances you or your business could benefit from and whether you can claim by checking out the information on the BIS GREAT website.

It is 42 years since the first email was sent - how email marketing has changed

 Elizabeth Carter, eCommunications Manager, gives a summary of the evolution of email marketing in previous years, right up to the present. This is an interesting read, and brings up the features to remember when sending emails today.

Realise Futures responds to Lord Freud’s comments on the disabled and the minimum wage

Realise Futures, one of the largest social enterprises in the East of England with over 40% of its workforce being disabled or disadvantaged, has today responded to comments made by Lord Freud, the Welfare Minister, on the value of disabled workers in relation to payment of the minimum wage.

Realise Futures Chief Executive, Sarah Sharlott said: “We are pleased to hear that Lord Freud has made a full and unreserved apology for his misguided comments. Our own experience shows that disabled workers make a significant contribution to the workplace, and there is no doubt that they should be paid a real wage for real work.

“Social enterprises such as Realise Futures have many outstanding examples of how this valuable group of employees can not only gain confidence and self-worth from employment but also how employers benefit hugely from their contribution.

Employment law changes - on the horizon

Do you know about planned Employment Law changes?

Acas helps you get to grips with what is happening. 

Shared parental leave: for parents of children born or matched for adoption on or after 5 April 2015 - launch date 1 December 2014.

Managing sickness absence: a health and work assessment and advisory service is to be introduced - launch date April 2015.