“I have worked intensively with the directors of Social Enterprise Solutions since coming into post in 2008. Their support and collaboration has been consistent and invaluable in assisting SELNET to develop and grow. We have found Social Enterprise Solutions (UK) CIC to be at the forefront of thought leadership in the sector and we would highly recommend them as a respected and trusted social enterprise support and development organisation”. Liz Tapner CEO
“Social Enterprise Solutions has been a leading member of our national infrastructure support organisation since 2008 and they have directly contributed to the development of SEUK in a number of ways; director, Clive Hirst, continues to provide a valuable contribution in his voluntary capacity as a council member. In addition, SES has developed a Social Enterprise Town concept collaboratively with Liverpool Hope University, ourselves and other key partners.
We would consider SES as responsible thought leaders in the development of the social enterprise sector”. Peter Holbrook CEO SEUK
“Volunteer Centre Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde considers our partner Social Enterprise Solutions to be a respected and efficient organisation that delivers a high level of support and developmental services to the Third Sector”. Lynn Saggerson,Chief Executive,Volunteer Centre Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde
Groundbreaking Initiative Is A Tower Of Support For Ex-Offenders
Jobs, Friends and Houses is not like most social enterprises.The driving force behind the community interest company is a serving police officer and Sergeant Steve Hodgkins has seen how the abstinence community and ex-offenders are bottom of the pile when it comes to getting a job.
“What they need are Jobs, Friends and Houses,” said Steve.
So, with the blessing of his senior officers in the Lancashire force, he initiated the social enterprise that would essentially buy, renovate and sell houses using the skills of the people that the company aims to support. The idea is not new. Similar projects have taken place in Bristol, the Midlands and North Wales so Steve contacted their leaders and is now part of a loose consortium that is bidding for private finance.
Sgt Hodgkins was supported by staff at Social Enterprise Solutions CIC in Blackpool who were working on the ERDF-backed Start Up Lancashire programme. The team helped to incorporate the new company as a CIC, explained the small print of the company, worked with Steve on the governance issue for the board and then scoped out a business plan.
And, while Sgt Hodgkins is happy with the progress, he is also keen to ensure that it has a firm foundation. More work is being done to strengthen the board of directors to incorporate public, private and third sector representatives and ensure transparency so that the company can start to tender for property contracts and secure preferred bidder status. A local firm of HR specialists is also preparing bespoke contracts for the members of staff, tailored around the personal circumstances of the new staff.
Start Up Lancashire was also able to offer support to Jobs, Friends and Houses CIC when it came to procuring a website. Through the Enterprise Voucher initiative, 50% of the cost of the web design agency have been met.