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Is There An Accreditation System To Show You Are A Social Firm?

In 2005 and 2006 Social Firms UK mapped the Social Firms sector. This has given us a very good understanding of the businesses that are being developed to provide employment for disabled people (including those with mental health needs) and the issues they are facing. At the end of 2006 Social Firm UK widened it its focus from disability to severely disadvantaged people. So if you are a firm set up to provide employment for severely disadvantaged people wed love to hear from you.

Developing Star Social Firms

Early in 2005 we began to look at developing an accreditation that would enhance the credibility of Social Firms and ultimately help in attracting new business for firms.

In the last two years we have agreed the form the accreditation should take; developed the basic criteria and the guidance; trained assessors (all of whom come from the Social Firm sector); carried out an extensive pilot with some very willing and helpful Social Firms given it a name Star Social Firm and set a date for the launch 7th February 2008.

We are now busy evaluating the pilot before finalising the standard and having this externally verified

Do you want to be one of the first Star Social Firms? If so, contact Kathy Baker at [email protected] or call 01273 890333

For more information see our 'Quality Mark' page.

Is There An Accreditation System To Show You Are A Social Firm?

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>What Is A Social Firm?

>What Is The Difference Between Social Firms And Social Enterprises?

>What Is The History Of The Social Firm Movement?

>What Are The Main Issues Facing Social Firms At The Moment?

>How Do I Set Up A Social Firm? Is There Any Guidance On The Structure, Finance And How It Should Be Run?

>I Have An Idea For a Social Firm. How Can I Tell If It Will Work?

>What Types Of Training And Business Support Are Available To Social Firms?

>How Can We Externalise Our Project From The Local Authority? Are There Any Examples Of When This Has Been Done Successfully?

>I Run A Social Firm. Can You Recommend An Insurance Company Sympathetic To Social Firms?

>Is There A List Of Consultants Who Have Expertise In Social Firms?

>Where Can I Find A List Of Social Firms In My Region?

>How Can I Find A Job In A Social Firm?

>What Work Options Are There For A Disabled Person Following A Long Period Of Unemployment?

>Where Can I Find Information About Benefits Allowances And General Benefits Advice?

>What If A Private Investor Wants To Get Involved In Setting Up A Social Firm?

>Are There Organisations Equivalent To Social Firms UK In Other Countries?

>I Am Coming To The UK And Am Interested In Comparing Social Firms Here To Those In My Country. Is It Possible To Visit Any Social Firms?

>What Are The Issues About Having Trustees With Learning Difficulties?

>What Is A CIC (Community Interest Company)?

>What Is A Social Entrepreneur?

>Why Should I Join Social Firms UK?

>How Do Social Firms Sit Within The Spectrum Of Employment Provision For Disabled People?

>What Are The Likely Other Sources Of Finance For Social Firms?

>Why Was The Definition Of A Social Firm Broadened To The 'Severely Disadvantaged' In 2006

>What Is A Social Enterprise And What Types Are There?

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