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Start your Social Enterprise

You can access useful information for your start-up in this publication from Social Enterprise UK, a booklet sponsored by Unity Trust Bank.

This guide, which is a short version of Craig Deardon-Phillips’s book Your Chance to Change the World, presents the key elements which need to be considered to help every social enterprise become a reality.

There is a lot of information for budding social entrepreneurs available, but we liked the easily digestible ‘main points’ approach of this publication.

It also offers some useful case histories, issues which will be recognisable to community groups who have started any project, whether a community business or not.

From planning your business plan, through working out what your social enterprise mission is and how to work best in partnership with others. The section of governance and legal forms is also clear and useful.

You can download this free pdf booklet here.

If you would like the whole book and really get into the ‘no-fibbing’ guide to Social Enterprise, you can find it on the secBEANS bookshop page (…and donate a small amount to SEC when you buy!)

Is there a Business In You?

businessBalance PictureYou can now access a new government backed business inspiration website called Business In You.

This new web site offers some inspirational stories about people who have created businesses or turned their creative ideas into a revenue earning project.

You can also find a ‘Find Finance’ service, which offers visitors help to seek funding for their business idea or project.

As always, you can subscribe to regular email updates from the Business In You team. (There are also links to information from Business Link and |the Start Up Britain Campaign too).

Don’t forget if you have a business idea in our area, why not subscribe to the secBEANS network. Having someone to talk through your ideas with, or meet others who are on the same journey is a great way to add power and conviction to your idea and the research you have done to support it.

Sign up and get going with secBEANS for free.

Why ethical community enterprise?

Below is a short film – delivered by Richard Wilkinson, who is co-author of the book The Spirit Level – talking about inequality and economic activity in communities.

For figures and chart fans there is much to enjoy, but if this is not your thing don’t be put off. Listen to the story – it stresses how important, as we believe at SEC, that ethical economic activity in communities can be.

Driving better health for children, better mental health for adults and improving social relations and human capital across a community.

Richard’s argument is that national income or factors of economic growth which we read in the national press or from central government are not, in the end, of essential importance to our human well being.

It is the nature of local economic activity, driving creativity, generating additional income and creating feelings of trust and community capital that will enable those communities to be both resilient and durable.

Great message!

Follow your heart, pivot with your instincts!

handsPic4The Independent Small Business Service recently ran an article entitled Follow Your Heart, featuring the experiences of Ronke Ige, the founder of Emi & Ben Skin Care Products.

The article highlights some of the great satisfactions that Inge has found running her own business, but also shines a light on some of the drivers for innovation and flexibility that really matter when you start, no matter what size your enterprise.

‘Focus on tasks that follow the money, rather than follow strict processes…’

Not crudely follow the money, as in only pursue cash as a driver for enterprise, but rather be prepared to pivot your business in directions that truly reflect your market or operating area – only truthfully understood once you have made or delivered something to a paying customer. Learn from every transaction and experience.

‘Be passionate, delegate and espouse trust…’

For us this is the heart of your transaction. Have faith in your product and service, but share that glow with others…even those who wouldn’t go into business in a century of opportunity. Nay-sayers wouldn’t go into business in the first place perhaps, but you have.

‘Branding is a pivotal part of any business…’

Absolutely, whatever your size, product or service. Make contact with someone who can do graphic design for you, or a photographer who can photograph your product or create a telling image to hang your business identity on. It will pay results…

You can read the fuller article on the web pages of The Independent here.

Why not join beans and talk to someone who can do just these things in your local area?

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