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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


Do you know everything you need to know about VAT?

 When it comes to VAT, HMRC has developed a range of YouTube videos to help VAT-registered businesses . Here is a selection of short YouTube videos you may find useful:

National Recycling Awards 2015 - Deadline Extended

The entry deadline has been extended for National Recycling Awards 2015.

There is still plenty of time to complete your submissions as entries now close on Friday 20 February.

No matter what size your business, or the projects you work on, this is your opportunity to get your achievements recognised by the whole industry and the UK's leading waste and recycling publication.

If you need any help with your entries, please call James Dennison on 020 3033 2954 or email him at

For more information, click here

Acas Age Audit Tool - Do You Treat Older Workers Fairly?

ACAS have launched an online tool to help you address age discrimination in the workplace.

The Acas Age Audit Tool can:

  • Assess what your employees think about age issues in their workplace and your organisations' approaches and policies
  • Help address any risks or issues that could potentially lead to future discrimination claims
  • Create a firm foundation for your policies, practices and future direction

Age and discrimination

The Equality Act 2010 makes it unlawful to discriminate against employees because of their age.

The removal of the default retirement age in 2011 means that employers are now managing the older worker and also their expectations in the workplace moving forward.

Acas and Coventry University have developed this Age Audit Tool to help organisations assess their employee's attitudes towards age and age related issues in their workplace.

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.

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.


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.

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

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.

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