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Category: Community Micro-enterprise

Structures for social enterprises by DLA Piper and UnLtd

16th April 2019

If you’re thinking of setting up a social enterprise there are quite a few different legal structures to consider: Company Limited by Shares Company Limited by Guarantee Community Interest Company (CIC) Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) ‘Co-operative’ Industrial and Provident Society ‘Community Benefit’ Industrial and Provident Society Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) Partnership Sole Trader/Unincorporated Association It’s … Read more

Charity code of digital practice

19th November 2018

The first code of digital practice for charities has been published this month. The code of practice aims to help charities increase their impact, develop their skills and improve sustainability through the use of core principles and best practice. The code of practice is free to access and voluntary to sign up to and though it … Read more

Small-scale community projects delivering major health benefits and savings

28th January 2016

Inclusive Change have recently launched a report called Collaborative Healthcare which shows shows how small-scale community projects are already delivering major health benefits and savings in communities across the UK. Inclusive Change was set up to help people “live good lives in good places” and is a national partnership between Community Catalysts (the folks behind Small Good Stuff), In … Read more

Get involved with an important review of health and care sector investment in the Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) Sectors

21st October 2015

The VCSE organisations that can get involved in this review are organisations who provide services and support that help to improve people’s health and well-being.  These organisations can take lots of shapes – they can have a structure that is well-recognised such as a charity or a community interest company but they can also be … Read more

What does real change involve?

15th September 2015

In the last of a series of blogs on how to avoid real change, Alex Fox, CEO of Shared Lives Plus shares his thoughts on the common arguments for business as usual, and how in public services, we are still wedded to thinking on a large and industrial, rather than small, scale, despite years of personalisation. … Read more

Micro-provision of Social Care Support for Marginalised Communities

3rd August 2015

An article by Dr. Catherine Needham and Dr. Sarah Carr of the University of Birmingham has been published which considers how very small community based organisations can work directly with individuals from ‘seldom heard’ groups. This article looks at the marginalising dynamics in mainstream, statutory social care provision, and how far local community, specialist or … Read more

The value of community enterprises

22nd July 2015

In an article written for Care Management Matters, Helen Allen explores the valuable contribution that community enterprises make to personalisation and delivering bespoke services to meet individual needs. Helen is the Manager of Enterprise and Community Innovation at Community Catalysts, the folks behind Small Good Stuff, and who have supported the development of approximately 1,000 … Read more

A new market shaping toolkit that has been developed with small care and support providers in mind

9th July 2015

Help is at hand for both local authorities and smaller and medium sized care providers to engage in market shaping to meet local needs, via a new resource that has been produced to support the implementation of the Care Act 2014. The Institute of Public Care (IPC) at Oxford Brookes University has produced an online market … Read more

Read a new report on micro care and support enterprise which asks does smaller mean better

25th June 2015

A new research report from the University of Birmingham, that compares micro care and support services with services offered by larger providers, has just been launched. The report, which is called Micro-enterprises: small enough to care? can be downloaded here, and a blog about it published by the RSA, can be viewed here. The report provides information on the … Read more

New RSA report: The Second Age of Small

16th June 2015

Micro businesses are often painted as inefficient, lightweight and an overall drain on our economy. But research by the RSA reported in The Second Age of Small finds that many are in fact thriving, boosted by new technologies, changing consumer habits and a pro-business policy agenda. You can access the report by clicking here. Read more