Defining social enterprise… Lots of definitions - very similar….. DTI (UK Government) definition: A social enterprise is a business with primarily social objectives whose surpluses are principally reinvested for that purpose in the business or in the community… Scottish Social Enterprise Coalition definition: Social enterprises are dynamic businesses with a social purpose. They have social aims, trade in competitive markets and reinvest their profits for social and community benefit
Other useful definitions…. More precisely… Social enterprises…. … are not-for-profit … seek to meet social aims through trading activities … have all assets and wealth held in trust and for the benefit of the community or beneficiaries … encourage participation of members on a co-operative basis with equal rights for all members – accountability to community or beneficiaries (EU project: CONSCISE definition)
Social enterprises and ILMs… ILM organisations can be social enterprises but many do not refer to themselves as social enterprises (eg. the WISE Group)
The facts… Mission: to offer on-the-job training to people with learning disabilities helping them to make a successful transition to paid work Established: 1989 Turnover:£400,000 per annum Staff: 16 and 30 part-time students Assets: very few Independent organisation – NGO?
Activities… Offers 36 training places annually Work areas: café, bakery, outside catering, food processing Trainees on a 3 year programme Programme includes work experience with local employers; help with qualifications; gaining skills; help finding jobs
The story… A group of people wanted to help people with learning disabilities Studied the barriers to their employment in the mainstream labour market Wanted to create a supportive and transitional workplace as a stepping stone Sought funding for trainees and through trading Real work which trades and earns an income Engaged with future employers and communicated with them – partnership and CSR
Issues… Misunderstanding – Engine Shed is not about catering skills! It is about employability skills 50% of funding from local authority for trainees/workers – security? Managing the business or providing sheltered employment – both? Controlling costs…
Thank you! Any questions? Further information… www.idea.gov.uk www.jrf.org.uk www.theengineshed.org