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Social Firms UK celebrate KTP success

 Applications for Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) funding have always been fiercely competitive and never more so than at present. With a large number of innovative projects across a range of industries vying for each year’s allocation, it is worth noting that only a small number of them come from the third sector. Therefore, Social Firms UK being awarded one in partnership with Middlesex University is a clear acknowledgement of the relevance and benefit the project will have within the sector.

The funding will be used to recruit a graduate Research Associate for one year to assess the business success factors in establishing and running a Social Firm – an important hire in the current economic climate.

The project aims are threefold:

Jobs recovery may take 14 years

 The TUC has warned that employment will not return to pre-recession levels for 14 years and could take longer in some parts of the country hardest-hit by Government spending cuts.

According to new research, around 2.2 million jobs will have to be created to get the labour market back to pre-recession levels.  More than 1.3 million private sector jobs have been lost since 2008 and the TUC fear that  'spending cuts will cause further private sector job losses'.  

Job vacancy: CEO, Social Enterprise Coalition £75,000 - £85,000 p.a. (London)

A Chief Executive Officer is sought to lead the Coalition into its next phase of development. 

This is a unique and exciting opportunity for a strategic thinker, with outstanding communication skills and strong business acumen. These are important times for social enterprise and, as the CEO, you will be instrumental in setting the agenda for social enterprise to play a much bigger role in the UK economy.

With your track record of influencing national policy, combined with supreme networking skills, you will work at the highest level across the political spectrum. Passionate about social justice and committed to the core principles of social enterprise, you will work closely with the Board and Council, as well as lead and inspire a staff team that punches well above its weight.

Social Firm, Catering2Order, celebrates new appointments and contracts

images.jpgBermondsey-based outside catering company, Catering2Order has much to celebrate. The Social Firm's CEO, John Charles, has been appointed as Chair for BusinessLink London's Deaf & Disabled Entrepreneurs Advisory Group (DDEAG) as well as as an advisor to BERR in March 2009. In September 2008 Catering2Order were appointed as caterers for Skanska Civil Engineering on the Olympic Village. Following on from the success of this, in January 2009 Catering2Order was also awarded two further contracts for larger projects with Skanska.

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