North East

Coming to a region near you - NOMS regional tour

Thursday 12th May 2011 - Wednesday 22nd June 2011
Organiser: NOMS

 In conjunction with Concilium and the regional social enterprise networks NOMS are organising a series of events designed to encourage and facilitate dialogue between NOMS and the sector.

Each event will aim to produce a clear action plan that will seek to ensure that social enterprise has a strong voice within NOMS and a clear way in which to engage.

NOMS want to encourage as much participation as possible from the sector and see this as just the start. We want diversity in size, focus and history – even if you are a new and developing enterprise, please get involved.

Ministry of Justice Funding Opps


The MoJ's National Offender Management Service (NOMS) has announced two new funding opportunities (each totalling £200k) for social enterprises in England to develop creative approaches to service delivery.

If you could deliver a supervision model incorporating skills and employability training in a work environment or could create training and work opportunities within the sustainable/green sector, then check out the full details and click here.


Social Firms of the Year

The European Social Firms of the Year Awards, which took place during the Social Firms UK and Social Firms Europe CEFEC annual conference, celebrated some of the fantastic work taking place across Europe was showcased and celebrated in style.  Those winners in full:-


Acumen Community Enterprise Development Trust

Kate Welch
Telephone Number: 
0191 587 8000
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From public service to social enterprise

From Public Service to Social Enterprise, 2002 The Assembly Rooms, Newcastle upon Tyne. " From Public Service to Social Enterprise"

A one-day conference examining the role of social enterprise in the delivery of public services

View the final programme, presentations and speaker profiles

Business opportunities in Social Firms: franchising and replication

Business Opportunities in Social Firms Franchising and Replication Tuesday May 25th St James Park Newcastle


9.30 Arrival, registration and coffee

10.00 Chairman’s Introduction: Andy Cox, Social Firms North East.

10.05-10.35 Introduction to franchising and replication: Michael Way of Franchise Your Business Limited

* Presentation outlining franchising principles and mechanisms and why it makes sense for social firms to consider this route. View the presentation.

10.35 –11.00 Opportunities for franchising and replication for social firms: Gerry Higgins, Social Firms UK.

* Presentation outlining the rationale for franchising and replication for social firms and the progress made by the current programme in identifying opportunities for new firm development. View the presentation.

11.00-12.30 Presentation of Business Opportunities.

A 5-minute presentation on 3 topics:

Woodcraft For Landscapes

Picture 015.jpgKeith O’Brien set up Woodcraft For Landscapes in 2004 with himself as the only member of staff and three people with learning disabilities.  Based at the old bowling green in Wheatley Hill, County Durham, the company provides gardening and landscaping services. It boasts: 

Keith O'Brien
Telephone Number: 
0781 300 5976
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Economic Partnerships Ltd

Guy Turnbull
Telephone Number: 
0797 443 1738
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Ayresome Industries

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Steve Giles
Telephone Number: 
01642 224606
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Case study (audio & transcript): Benchmark Furniture & Design (January 2009)

In January 2009, Clare Neville of Social Firms UK interviewed customers and staff of Social Firm, Benchmark Furniture & Design ( Below is a transcript of those interviews with:

  • Ian Stewart, Manager
  • David, Workshop Manager
  • Paul Maher, customer, PJ Services (Bolton) Ltd
  • Sue Dixon, customer, Bubble Enterprises CIC  

Ian Stewart, Benchmark Manager

Ian: My name is Ian Stewart and I am the manager of Benchmark. We do two things. We do products and we do services, so in terms of products we make any kind of furniture item that you can’t buy and in terms of our service we provide work-related opportunities got people with complex and enduring mental health needs.