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Muhammad Yunus speaks at Good Deals 2011

Good Deals 2011, the UK’s leading social investment conference returns to the Barbican Centre, London on Thursday 24 November.

The agenda is packed full of useful workshops to help social enterprises grow and gain investment, and microfinance pioneer and serial social entrepreneur Muhammad Yunus will be guest of honour.

There'll be a fantastic mix of delegates made up of social enterprises, investors and corporate innovators. See the full programme online.

Book you ticket now to avoid disappointment:

Social Firms selected for Olympic legacy job creation project

 Two multi award-winning Social Firms are celebrating being announced as the first social enterprises to receive support from Business in the Community’s (BITC) new campaign - arc.

arc, which launches today, will create a lasting social legacy for the Olympic host boroughs by stimulating the creation and growth of financially sustainable social enterprises – enabling them to provide employment opportunities for 1,000 local people.

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.

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.

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:-


Punch & Juicy launches new website

Social Firms UK member, Punch & Juicy launched their new website today at  The organisation provides:

  • healthy, nutritious, liquid meals
  • a social service Healthy drinking service
  • corporate entertaining and inspirational talks.


London-based Bikeworks awarded title of England's 'Best New Social Enterprise'

Social Firm, Bikeworks (, have won ‘Best New Social Enterprise’ for England in the 2009 Social Enterprise Awards and were presented with their award by Tessa Jowell, Minister For The Cabinet Office, yesterday (Nov 19), Social Enterprise Day, at a special reception at Downing Street.

Social Firms are businesses set up to create employment for people disadvantaged in the workforce – Bikeworks’ business focus is the provision of organisational and public cycle services in areas of social deprivation in East London. It also provides employment and training opportunities for marginalised individuals.

Social Firm, Catering2Order wins Thames Gateway Business Award

Congratulations to Social Firm, Catering2Order who have won a Thames Gateway Business Award in the diversity category. The awards, which promote business excellence, were given at a ceremony on 6 November 2009.

For more information: - about the awards visit - about Catering2Order, contact John Charles, Director, Catering2order Ltd on tel: 0871 2882 720 or visit  

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.

For more information visit, email or call tel 08712 882 720