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Government removes Bill’s power to support social enterprises

Government removes bill's power to support social enterprises tendering for public sector goods contracts.

Social Firms UK is lobbying Nick Hurd, Cabinet Minister for Civil Society about restrictions the Government have made to the Public Services (Social Enterprise and Social Value) Bill which mean that it will not help social enterprises trying to sell their goods to the public sector.

Bikeworks opens at Bethnal Green on July 18th

 Bikeworks' new shop and offices will be open to the public from Monday 18th July.

Find them from 18th at 138-140 Cambridge Heath Road, E1 5QJ. See map here

Some of their activities such as the all ability cycling club will however continue to operate from Victoria park. The Gun wharf site will remain open to the public until the end of July.

Any queries call us on 020 8980 7998.

Big Society Guy’s epic charity ride - via number 10!

Social Enterprise Manager at Pluss Guy Eatherington is gearing up to cycle the length of Britain in support of the Big Society, and he is hoping to recruit the Prime Minister to lend his support along the way.

Guy’s ambition, when he sets off from John O`Groats on July 29th, will be to cycle 125 miles a day, completing his solo marathon ride all the way to Lands End, weather permitting, in 8 days. But before the big day comes the big practice, and the opportunity this week to drop off a personal invite for the Prime Minister….

Not content with regular training rides of up to 200 miles with other members of his local Cycle Touring Club, 40 year old Guy will be attending a professional conference in Blackpool this week – only to then cycle 303 miles all the way back home to Devon.


Turning buying into giving - UK consumers get a new choice

Life Changing Retailers Launch Major New ‘Big Society’ Initiative

UK Consumers get a radically new choice across a whole range of goods and services from Tuesday 24th May 2011. An enterprising group of over 180 companies covering the length and breadth of the UK are launching a major new retail initiative - Just Buy.

The unique aspect of Just Buy is that every supplier is in business for good. The Just Buy directory is made up of social enterprises that predominantly employ staff who have a disability, sensory impairment, mental health problem or face some other serious disadvantage when it comes to getting a job.

Just Buy will be formally launched at an event at one of their member charities HQ – Clarity Employment for Blind People, 276 York Way LONDON at 11.00am on Tuesday 24th May 2011.

Social Firms UK earns Badge of Honour

 Social Firms UK has been given an ‘Outstanding Impact Award’ for efforts in Global Entrepreneurship Week 2010.

On Social Enterprise Day on the 18th of November Social Firms UK raffled hampers sourced entirely from Social Firms to staff at Communities and Local Government, Ministry of Justice and Wates Construction head offices.

Only 131 out of over 700 organisers qualified for this badge of honour – which is awarded to those whose events were both inspirational and high impact.

See all listed with the others winners here

Wates builds lasting links with Social Firms

Social Firms UK is very pleased to announce that Wates Group, the family-owned construction services company, has joined as a Corporate Member.

People, partnership and sustainability is at the very heart of the way Wates does business and a strategic partnership with Social Firms UK epitomises that approach. Demonstrating a long term commitment to corporate, social and environmental responsibility, Wates works with like-minded organisations to enable change at a local and community level.

Social Firms UK has been working with Wates to identify social businesses that can operate within their supply chain, supporting its members via trade opportunities across the UK.

John Charles named one of the most inspirational UK entrepreneurs

Catering2Order's John Charles has been named as one of the most inspirational UK entrepreneurs at Barclays Trading Places Awards in London on the 30th of November.

He was runner up in these national awards that recognise people who have overcome personal adversity to successfully establish their own company.

Charles didn't let blindness stop his ambition and he set up London catering company Catering2Order in 2007.

The overall winner was Richard John Cartwright of Newcastle Books and the Community Award winner was Andrew Kent, who set up a car repair shop after a near fatal stroke and employs disabled and disadvantaged people from his local community.

Private sector enters sustainable partnership with Social Firms

SIMS_RSICT_RGB_HR BORDER.jpgSocial Firms UK is very pleased to announce that Sims Recycling Solutions, the world’s largest electrical and electronic equipment recovery and recycling company, has joined as a Corporate Member.

Dorking based Social Firm opens it's doors to minister

 Dorking-based Netherne Printing Services (NPS) was visited by Maria Miller, Minister for Disabled People, on Tuesday the 16th of November. Netherne is a commercial printing company and a Social Firm, as its primary purpose is to create meaningful employment for people with disabilities.

Staff talked to the Minister about their roles in the successful print company and the benefits of being in work.

The Department for Work and Pensions Minister’s visit was well-timed as Social Enterprise Day took place today (18th) during Global Entrepreneurship Week. This day is about encouraging people to use enterprising ideas for social and environmental change and is promoted by Enterprise UK and the Kauffman Foundation.

Semi final place for multi-award winning Social Firm Catering2Order

  Award-winning Social Firm, Catering2Order, have reached the semi-finals of the Barclays Trading Places Awards.

Catering2Order, a contract catering company in East London, was set up in 2007 by entrepreneur John Charles after a medical condition left him with only 5% vision. John has recently been awarded an honorary Doctorate in Business from the University of East London and has led Catering2Order to build up an enviable customer base including the 2012 Olympic Delivery Authority, Skanska, Willmott Dixon, the Cabinet Office, Wates and McNicholas Construction, to name but a few. He now employs 15 people full time, many of whom are also blind or visually impaired.