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Social Enterprise East Midlands Newsletter – Aug 2011 ‘‘Since its creation in May 2002, SEEM has been the voice of social enterprise throughout the region and has been instrumental in the development and growth of more than a thousand social businesses. But in the rapidly changing climate in which civil society organisations operate, it’s critical that enterprises reflect and redesign to equip themselves to both survive and thrive. Over the last six months, SEEM hasinvestedtime in this process and I’m delighted to tell you that in our next newsletter, we’ll be giving you an insight into our plans for the future. With a new focus and some new staff team members, we’re confident that going forward SEEM will continue to be the voice and the natural partner for social enterprise in the East Midlands.’’

Dave Brazier, Chair of SEEM, July 2011

Latest News Chief Executive of Derbyshire-based social enterprise receives royal recognition

Paul Davies of Clowne Enterprise, the first social enterprise in the region to attain the Social Enterprise Mark, attended an evening reception at Buckingham Palace after being announced as one of this year’s winners of the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise Promotion 2011. Before the reception, Vince Cable presented Paul with The Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion, which rewards individuals who have played an outstanding and significant role in promoting the growth of business enterprise, entrepreneurial skills and attitudes in others. Full story Government publishes White Paper on Public Services reform

The Government has recently published the long-awaited public services reform White Paper. Titled ‘Open Public Services’ the White Paper lays out a series of proposals that will significantly reshape the way these services are commissioned, paid for and delivered. The proposed reforms will open up public service contracts to social enterprises, mutuals, voluntary organisations and private companies. Under the changes, contract opportunities would be opened up in just about every public service other than national security, frontline policing and the judiciary. Read the full report or a summary of the key points here

Cabinet Office publishes results of survey

The Cabinet Office has published the 2010 National Survey of Charities and Social Enterprises (NSCSE) which it hopes will provide a tool for citizens, communities, the sector and all levels of government to understand current issues affecting the sector since the 2008 publication. The report collates the responses of over 44,000 sector organisations on a host of issues important to their success and vitality, and aims to provide all audiences with the information needed to support the sector in building a stronger civil society. Key findings

Social Enterprises are outperforming the rest of the economy

New data shows that social enterprises are outperforming the rest of the UK economy in terms of growth, according to the RBS SE100 Index unveiled at an event in London recently. According to the index, which was set up to track the performance of the sector in the UK, the top 100 social enterprises in the index grew on average by 91% (compared to 79% last year). More information

University of Nottingham offers research support

The University of Nottingham is currently running a programme which enables social enterprises across the East Midlands to access the research expertise of its PhD and early career researcher staff. If you are looking at undertaking a research project and would welcome support from the programme, the University would like to hear from you. They may also be able to undertake research for a network or group of organisations with a shared interest in a particular theme or issue. Find out more

Coalition publish two more guides

The Social Enterprise Coalition have produced two more guides called 'Explaining Social Enterprise' and 'Enjoy what you do: work in social enterprise' 'Explaining Social Enterprise' is a guide for people who are just getting interested in the sector. It’s aimed at getting all the right info in one place for anyone who might want to start, buy from, invest in, commission from, or support social enterprises. 'Enjoy what you do: work in social enterprise' is for people wanting to find out more about working in social enterprise and includes the stories of people who have moved into the world of social enterprise and lists helpful resources. Both guides are free to download from the SEC website.

£10 million to kick start Big Society public services

A £10million fund is being made available to charities and social enterprises to help them develop the skills and infrastructure to win more capital investment and public service contracts Nick Hurd, Minister for Civil Society, announced today. The Investment and Contract Readiness Fund is one of the latest in a number of actions paving the way for charities, social enterprises and other civil society organisations to play a bigger role in public service delivery. The Minister outlined plans in an open letter to the sector today. As well as new opportunities to earn income from public service contracts, civil society organisations will soon have more access to capital investment when the Big Society Bank opens for business. Read more

Headstock Festival September 10th – 11th

Headstock is a music and arts festival run by musicians and volunteers for the benefit of Newstead, an ex-mining community just north of Nottingham. It provides a valuable source of income for the social enterprise which runs the park, music, arts and youth projects. Headlined by Echo and the Bunnymen and The Lightning Seeds, Headstock is set in the community's 230 acre eco Country Park with camping on site. Last year Headstock was shortlisted for Best New Festival at the UK Festival Awards - and received rave reviews from media and those who came. There will be workshops, art installations, comedy, street theatre and burlesque as well as real ale, cider and a range of local food stalls serving delicious home-made food at reasonable prices. Families are very welcome with a dedicated children's area - Kidstock - with puppet theatre, storytelling and a range of innovative workshops and activities such as drum workshops, circus skills, jewellery making workshops and many more arts and crafts activities. Headstock is situated just 3 miles from Junction 27 of the M1 and 10 minutes walk from Newstead Train Station. Late trains will run. Saturday is fancy dress day - the (non compulsory) theme is Pirates and Pit Men. For more information, click here

Social Enterprise Training and Events Book now for your place on SEEM’s popular training courses

SEEM have developed a programme of training to assist you to bring your social enterprise idea to market. The three introductory workshops focus on the know-how and skills that you will need to set up your new business. These participative and practical modules will give you the foundation and tools to start your social enterprise. An Introduction to Social Enterprise 10am to 1pm, a half-day course at £45 6 September – Nottingham 11 October - Derby 8 November - Leicester Legal Structures and Governance 10am to 4pm, a full-day course at £95 13th September – Nottingham 18th October - Derby 15th November - Leicester Finance for Social Enterprise 10am to 4pm, a full-day course at £95 20th September – Nottingham 25th October - Derby 22nd November - Leicester Please note that there is a discount of 10% off if you book two workshops and 15% off if you book all three workshops. For more information about the content of the courses, click here

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Social Enterprise East Midlands is supported by the Big Lottery and the European Social Fund

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