North West

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.

Transition Fund Briefing Event North West

Thursday 16th December 2010, 10:00am - 12:30pm

 The Cabinet Office has launched a new £100million Transition Fund to help the charities, voluntary groups and social enterprises that are affected by public spending cuts to make necessary adjustments so that they can continue to play an important part in public service reform and the Big Society Agenda.

The Transition Fund will help civil society organisations which deliver high quality public services to be more resilient, agile and able to take opportunities presented by a changing funding environment.

The Office for Civil Society has appointed BIG Fund (non-Lottery funding operation of the Big Lottery Fund) to administer the fund. This briefing is for civil society organisations which meet the criteria below and are interested in applying to the Transition Fund.

The event is open to charities, voluntary groups and social enterprises which meet the following criteria:

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:-


Competition Winners visit Social Enterprise of the Year

Following their success in a Social Firms UK competition, 3 students from Manchester’s Radcliffe Riverside High School - Mohammed Saad, Chloe Gaffney and Elliot Bramah - visited Brighter Future Workshop in Skelmersdale on the 29 January. Over lunch they were introduced to Peter Cousins MBE and Jackie Tittle who spoke to them about Brighter Future Workshop as a Social Firm. They were then given a tour of the impressive workshop. All three students thoroughly enjoyed their visit. They were particularly amazed at the energy and enthusiasm of Peter Cousins MBE who they found to be a real inspiration. Having the opportunity to see a Social Enterprise in action, rather than as a theoretical activity, was particularly motivating for the students.

Schoolchildren from Bournemouth and Manchester win Social Firm competition

MYMClub logo.jpgSocial Firms UK recently ran a competition for schoolchildren to consider what would make a good Social Firm. Two groups of teenagers aged between 14 and 16 years old, one from Bournemouth and one from Manchester have been selected as the winners.

The competition, run to celebrate Social Enterprise Day, asked students to consider what type of Social Firm they would set up and why. Says Sally Reynolds, CEO of Social Firms UK, “Congratulations to all the students who took part. We were really impressed by everyone’s entries and delighted that young people, who are of course our future, are engaging with the idea of running a Social Firm.”

Social Firms storm Social Enterprise Awards

Social Firms won several prizes at a glittering ceremony at last night’s Social Enterprise Awards in London. Brighter Future Workshop (, from Skelmersdale in Lancashire, was crowned overall winner of ‘Social Enterprise of the Year’ and £5,000. Bikeworks (, a London-based Social Firm providing cycle services, was awarded the UK’s ‘Best New Social Enterprise’ and £1,000. Meanwhile, Cardiff-based Pack-IT (, who provide storage, distribution and fulfilment services, won the UK’s ‘Best Small Social Enterprise’ and £1,000.

Brighter Future Workshop wins 'Best Recycling Scheme' award

Social Firm, Brighter Future Workshop (BFW), won the "Best Recycling Scheme" award on 19 November 2009, in the Lancashire Green Awards.  Peter Cousins MBE and Jackie Tittle were presented the award by County Councillor, Mike France.

Jackie, General Manager, said "Today we went to 10 Downing Street and met Gordon Brown. We've won the 'England's best social enterprise 2009' and been put forward for the UK finals. We're over the moon to get this award as well. What a week we've had!"

Photo:  Steve at Brighter Future Workshop

Skelmersdale-based Brighter Future Workshop awarded title of England's 'Best Small Social Enterprise.'

Paul & Andrew at BFW.jpgSkelmersdale-based Social Firm, Brighter Future Workshop (, won the ‘Best Small Social Enterprise’ category in the national heats of the Social Enterprise Awards in London yesterday afternoon. Peter Cousins and Jackie Tittle picked up the award from Tessa Jowell, Minister For The Cabinet Office. Social Firms are businesses set up to create employment for people disadvantaged in the workforce – Brighter Future Workshop’s business focus is the provision of mobility equipment repair services and training. It also provides meaningful employment to disabled people.

The Whitechapel Centre

The Whitechapel Centre is a Charity providing services to Homeless People including a daycentre, outreach, housing and welfare rights advice and several floating support projects. They are thinking about setting up a social enterprise.

Karen Ryan
Telephone Number: 
07976 588 693
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