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Social Firms toolkit for business advisors

Author: 
Social Firms East Midlands
2005
Free
Other

This toolkit seeks to fill the knowledge gap that exists within the business support arena for Social Firms. It explains the background to Social Firms, their motivations, needs and the key aspects of their development and operation. Many links and references are suggested to further expand the knowledge of those seeking to provide business advice to Social Firms. (18 pages)

No nonsense guide to government rules and regulations for setting up your business

Author: 
Small Business Service & HM Treasury, Inland Revenue, Dept Work & Pensions, HM Customs & Excise
2006
Free
Other

The aim of this guide is to provide clarity on regulatory requirements for those considering starting up a business, help the potential entrepreneur to understand government requirements and aid start up owners to get the most out of business advice they receive. This is one of a series of No-Nonsense guides from Business Link. To view them, search for 'No-Nonsense Guide' at www.businesslink/gov.uk

More for your money: a guide to procuring from social enterprises for the NHS

Author: 
Social Enterprise Coalition
2005
Free
Other

This guide is a sequel to the similar guide for local authorities. It explains: - why the NHS should consider buying goods and services from a social enterprise - what the NHS can do to encourage social enterprises to successfully compete for contracts.

More for your money: a guide to procuring from social enterprises for local authorities

Author: 
Social Enterprise Coalition
2005
Free
Other

This guide is aimed at local authorities and explains: - why you should consider buying goods and services from a social enterprise - what you can do to encourage social enterprises to successfully compete for contracts.

Is work good for your health and well-being

Author: 
Gordon Waddell & A. Kim Burton
2006
Free
Other

Is Work Good For Your Health & Well-Being? (G. Waddell & A. K. Burton, on behalf of DWP, DoH, HSE) While we in the Social Firm sector have always believed that working is good for your health and well-being, here we have the evidence! This is a 'review of reviews', drawn together by Gordon Waddell and A. Kim Burton, and while there are certain provisos attached to this overall conclusion (e.g. depends on teh quality of the job etc.), and some statistical/evidential gaps, it gives everybody a good basis on which to move forward.

If the shoe fits: non-profit or for profit? The choice matters

Author: 
Cynthia Gair, REDF
2006
Free
Other

REDF, formerly known as the Roberts Enterprise Development Fund, based in San Francisco (USA) has produced this paper from over 10 years of REDF's experiences mixing business practices with social mission. This paper considers some central issues when considering whether to choose a not-for-profit or a for-profit structure. Our thanks and acknowledgements go to REDF for sharing this report with us - please take a look at www.redf.org for more information about their work.

Employment plan templates

Author: 
Social Firms UK
2007
Free
Social Firms UK

Workforce planning is an everyday part of all good businesses; the multinational, the corner shop and the Social Firm. For Social Firms there is also the employment of disadvantaged people and the maintenance of a workforce where at least 25% of the staff are otherwise disadvantaged in the labour market. Having an ?Employment Plan? demonstrates your commitment to this objective and is a tool to help you in achieving it. Whether you are a Social Firm or are working towards becoming a Social Firm the Employment Plan templates can be easily adapted for your business.

Employing people with learning disabilities: a handbook for employers

Author: 
Susan Hemmings and Jenny Morris, published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation
2004
Free
Other

This handbook is written from an employer's point of view, contains a wealth of information about how employers can get advice and support about employing people with learning disabilities and is full of real-life practical examples of how employers and workers in private, voluntary and local authority sectors have made a success of this important area of equality and diversity. The handbook covers everything employers need to know and goes through all the stages from recruiting to supervision, and from dealing with problems to helping career development.

Carpet cleaning care research dissertation

Author: 
Mark Bertram
2006
Free
Other

The paper is a dissertation that Mark did to explore two points: 1) Can an existing NHS sheltered work project be successfully transformed into a Social Firm operated by service users? 2) To what extent can such a transformed service be self-sufficient and profitable? The sheltered work project in question is Carpet Cleaning Care which, currently, is still part of the NHS Trust in which it was created.

How to prepare a business plan

Author: 
Business Link
2009
Free
Other

Advice on writing a business plan can be found at the Business Link website at http://www.businesslink.gov.uk/bdotg/action/layer?topicId=1073869162