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Social Firms UK Article in Philanthropy Impact Magazine

The Most Difficult Social Enterprise of All

Social Firms UK was invited to write an article in Philanthropy Impact Magazine, which was published in November 2014. We were able to highlight the additional challenges in running social firms, but also the impact that the social firms movement has on social justice. 

We made the point that social firms are not just about creating jobs for disabled and disadvantaged people; they are also experiments in a whole new way of doing business from the inside, of people relating to each other in a more inclusive and integrated workplace. We are social enterprise’s cutting edge, and it often challenges not only conventional business wisdom, but also the social enterprise movement itself.

You can read or download the article here

HMRC Publish Online Interactive Guide to Help Small Business

HMRC have been working to make tax easier, quicker and simpler for small businesses to deal with. HMRC have published an online interactive guide to show just some of the things that they have done to achieve this.

This digital guide contains links to new and enhanced products and services for small businesses. The publication is written in a user-friendly, accessible style, and shows how HMRC is:

  • delivering new and enhanced digital services
  • delivering better help, support and guidance
  • supporting business to grow
  • modernising processes and services
  • listening and learning

Click here to see what products and services are available to you.

Nine Things to Know About Crowdfunding for Social Aims

Alternative finance such as crowdfunding is growing, according to a report by Nesta and the University of Cambridge. In Understanding Alternative Finance, they report that the total market (including crowdfunding) will grow to £1.74bn by the end of 2014 – and to reach £4.4bn in 2015.

Charity Awards 2015: Now open for entries.

The 16th annual Charity Awards, established in 2000 to celebrate the very best of charitable endeavour, are now open for entries.

Entry is free and open to charities of all sizes throughout the UK, and provides the perfect platform to showcase the exceptional work you do. Use the Hallmarks of Excellence to demonstrate how your charity helps to build a better civil society and share best practice and learning across the sector.

For more information, click here

Shared parental leave and pay: ACAS Leaflet

Shared Parental Leave comes into effect for children due on or after 5th April 2015. It will enable eligible mothers, fathers, partners and adopters to choose how to share time off work after their child is born or placed for adoption. This could mean that the mother or adopter shares some of the leave with her partner, perhaps returning to work for part of the time and then resuming leave at a later date.

It is designed to give parents more flexibility in how to share the care of their child in the first year following birth or adoption. Parents will be able to share a pot of leave, and can decide to be off work at the same time and/or take it in turns to have periods of leave to look after the child.

Big Venture Challenge 2015 call is open

Applications for Big Venture Challenge 2015 are open.

They’re looking for another 40 outstanding social entrepreneurs who are committed to scaling up their social impact. This is the final year of the 3 year Big Lottery funded programme, so this opportunity may not be repeated.

The programme supports ambitious, ‘high potential’ social entrepreneurs to raise investment and rapidly grow their ventures by building a compelling growth story, finding investors, making strategic connections and supporting the entrepreneur during the journey.

For more information, click here. Closing date 3rd February 2015

SFUK Member Fusion 21 Invites Supply Partners

Fusion21 are seeking supply partners for two new frameworks, namely Retrofit and Whole House.


Two notices have been issued through the website to encourage companies who can provide services for the specified lots to express an interest and complete a Pre-Qualification Questionnaire (PQQ).

The PAS 91 aligned frameworks are targeted at both existing and new customers.

The frameworks are also designed to encourage Small or Medium Enterprises (SME) in each lot and engagement with potential supply partners will kick off with Webinars hosted by Constructionline during February.

This will enable companies to ask questions to Fusion21 staff about completing tender documentation and other issues around the framework process. Companies interested in using the Webinars can sign up to Constructionline and dates for the Retrofit Webinars (by region) are available here.

How to Run a Business with Values: Course in York

 This practical, comprehensive six module course will give you the tools you need to start, grow and run a successful social enterprise.

The modules are all standalone, so you can complete them all or select the most appropriate ones for you.

Download the brochure below or visit the website


Monwel Ltd Wins Award at the 2014 Social Enterprise Awards Ceremony in London

Congratulations to Monwel Ltd a Social Firm UK Member located in Ebbw Vale who won the “One to Watch” category at the 2014 UK Social Enterprise Awards ceremonyon 26th November 2014. The category was kindly sponsored by the British Council.

Monwel produces signs and provides employment to people with disabilities and those furthest from the labour market. The staff team consists of 32 full-time employees from the local community, 96% of whom manage some form of disability.

Well done to Lesley Barr, Managing Director, Monwel and her loyal team. Find out more about Monwel at:

New Book - Inside Social Enterprise to be published 26th February

Social enterprises--or real businesses that trade for a social purpose--are a growing phenomenon that play an increasingly important role in society, but there is widespread confusion and controversy over how to define them.

This exciting book includes nearly forty interviews with the most influential and experienced social enterprise practitioners, supporters, thinkers, and policy makers, including Michele Rigby, CEO of Social Firms UK. In their own words, they discuss their organizations, values, and world-changing goals, providing fresh clarity and understanding on the real value of social enterprises.