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How & Why To Join Social Firms UK

We're now taking membership applications for 2009 so apply today and get the end of 2008 free!. Either download this PDF of the 2009 Membership Application Form complete and return to us by post or email, or contact us for a hard copy of the Membership Application Form and we can post it to you. If contacting us for a hard copy, please remember to include your full postal address. Please note, there is now the option to join for three years at a guaranteed frozen membership fee of £130 per year.

In the 2007 Members Survey, the words most frequently used to describe Social Firms UK were: informative, supportive, and friendly. Find out more about what they said about us...

Member Services 2009

1st January - 31 December 2009

There are two types of membership: Full (for emerging Social Firms and Social Firms only) and Associate (for everyone else including potential Social Firms, i.e. those that donít have a business plan to become a Social Firm yet). To simplify the application process we ask all applicants to complete an Associate member application form at a cost of £130 for the period January to December 2009. £10 of this fee pays for membership of Social Enterprise Coalition.

Member Services will vary between the nations and regions of the UK as project funding regimes often have restrictions on eligible areas. While Social Firms UK and national/regional networks have to work within the constraints of project funding regimes solving geographical disparities is a priority so that all members have access to all or the majority of the following services.

The work carried out by Social Firms UK can be categorised into the two main areas of:
- lobbying and awareness raising
- practical initiatives to increase the number of Social Firms. The benefits of being a Social Firms UK member reflect these two main areas of work and are as follows:

Member Services

Help and advice on becoming/running a Social Firm;

Free support and advice on attaining the Star Social Firm quality standard;

Free assessment of your Social Firm status on request;

Inclusion in national sales & marketing initiatives of Social Firm projects and services;

Reduced delegate fees at our events for all your employees;

Joint membership of other social enterprise/Social Firm networks in some regions/nations;
FREE Social Firm DIY Feasibility Toolkit and Third Sector Performance Dashboard! (each retailed at £90 to non-members). Members also receive reduced rates for many other useful toolkits, templates and resources;
Access to the on-line Members Forum, including discussion board and free downloads of useful HR templates and sample documents;
Regular news updates on the sector;
Discount on subscription of Social Enterprise Magazine (from £65 to £50);
Free media kit and media service for Full Members

Membership of the national Social Enterprise Coalition (SEC) which brings discounted rates at their events and discounts on their publications.

Download the 2009 Membership Application Form or request one by emailing .

The Linked Membership Scheme means that one membership subscription results in membership of Social Firms UK and the appropriate national/regional network where that member is based. This enables members to access a further range of services developed by national/regional networks where resources allow.

Non-members can access the following range of Social Firms UK services:
- general queries about Social Firms to Social Firms UK officers (response to members takes priority over non-members):
- attendance at dissemination/promotion events, either where there is no charge due to the main objective being awareness raising, or where there is a different charge for non-members from members;
- addition to a mailing list for promotional materials, conference and event information, general publications on the work of Social Firms UK;
- access to the Social Firms UK Resource Centre (at a charge Ė see the Resources section of this website).

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