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Selnet Leading BBO Project 3 for Lancashire

Thank you to all organisations who expressed an interest, the call for partners is now closed and we can report that Selnet have received 95 responses!

This overwhelming response means that we are oversubscribed to the point of possibly being able to deliver the required project more than three times over!

We now have the huge task of selecting partners to include within our submission. Our aim as with the previous two projects is to utilise the skills and diversity within the Selnet board of directors and, with support from the consortium leaders who selected Selnet to lead this bid (Greater Together and FHWBC) work through this process.

Next Steps:

  • Liz and the Selnet team will do a ‘first sift’ of all EoI’s received. This will be based on the organisations governance, processes, in addition to mandatory requirements (i.e.Q3) you have detailed within your response
  • We will then analyse Lancashire demographics by district, based on the target groups
  • Then finally assess the EoI’s received looking in particular at the organisations ability and evidence of engagement and/or relationships with the particular target groups

We don’t envisage calling for theme leads at this point but, having gone through the above process we will feedback.

Again thank you for your interest in working with Selnet.

 

See the announcement below…

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Building Better Opportunities

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Second round of projects now open

Today we have published 61 new funding opportunities in 18 LEP areas. This is the second round of Building Better Opportunities projects to be opened for stage one applications. The first round was launched earlier this year and is now closed to new applications.
                  
Over the next few years funding will be delivered in 38 Local Enterprise Partnership areas supporting projects that tackle poverty and promote social inclusion.
 
More about the latest round of funding can be found in our newsroom.
 
Details of the projects now open for applications can be found on our website. The deadline for stage one applications is 12 noon Monday 30 November 2015.

 


 

 

 

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Selnet Enterprise in Society Awards 2015 And the winners are…

 

Most Effective Collaboration

And the winner is…

Methodist Action NW - Winner
Methodist Action NW

Lancashire has over 100,000 properties standing empty – 40,000 for over 6 months. In response, Methodist Action has delivered an Empty Properties Restoration Programme, working collaboratively with local authorities in Preston, South Ribble and Lancaster. It creates truly affordable, rented homes for anyone in acute housing need who encounter barriers through traditional housing routes.


Highly Commended
– Furniture Matters

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Enabling Ability Award

And the winner is…

Enabling Ability - Diane Marie Price
Diane Marie Price at In Di Go

In Di Go’s vision is a society where all children and young people with a disability are able to realise their goals and aspirations, with a right to community inclusive activities and services which supports them and their families. The In Di Go team are dedicated and caring, and work together to produce the best possible outcomes for our disabled children, young people and their families. It is about working together, it takes a bit from everyone to make it work.


Highly Commended
– Wonderful Things

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Environmental Champion

And the winner is…

Environmental Champion Pauline Taylor
Pauline Taylor (Groundwork CLM)

 

Pauline Taylor is a Senior Ecological Officer and embodies everything Groundwork is all about because she changes places and changes lives. In her work and personal life, she has encouraged hundreds of people to take an active interest in appreciating and caring for their local environment.


Highly Commended
– Green Elephant Cooperative

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Excellence in Training

And the winner is…

JFH Winner
Jobs, Friends & Houses

 

Training and improving the skill sets and wellbeing of team members underpins all that Jobs, Friends and Houses does. Every member of the organisation – from trainees in recovery to established and experienced tradesmen, and both serving police officers – takes part in training. From community certificates in customer service to BA Hons degrees in health and social care, our team members are improving their knowledge, practical skills and confidence in a variety of ways.

 

 


 

 

Volunteer of the Year

And the winner is…

Volunteer of the Year - Jane Booth
Jane Booth (in Di Go)


Jane’s voluntary role has been a lifeline for her and she is going from strength to strength. It has been wonderful to watch Jane grow in confidence and self esteem and for her to go on and begin to believe in herself. Jane is a valued member of the In Di Go team.

 

 


 

Start-up Social Enterprise of the Year

And the winner is…

His Provision - Winner
His Provision CIC


Originally established under the Start Up Lancashire programme, His Provision has rapidly grown to meet the needs of some of the most disadvantaged people in Blackpool. The two women behind it, Jackie and Chris, are just amazing. The social enterprise is an extension of the church-based work they were already doing, providing free meals and food parcels. However Chris and Jackie took it to a whole new level.

 

 


 

 

Small Social Enterprise of the Year

And the winner is…

Learning Together NW Winners

Learning Together Northwest Ltd

Learning Together Northwest was set up as a social enterprise in August 2013 and delivers consultancy and training in all aspects of disability awareness, positive role models, positive group work, equality, language and labels, person centred approaches and self-advocacy. All trainers have learning difficulties and are experts in inclusive and person centred approaches, passionate about self-advocacy and great role models for society.


Highly Commended
– A Place to Live

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Social Enterprise of the Year

And the winner is…

Integrate Preston and Chorley - SE of the Year

Integrate (Preston & Chorley) Ltd

Integrate has been in existence for 32 years. In that time we have continuously strived to innovate and deliver unique, meaningful services to those with learning disabilities, mental health conditions and autism. Despite the current economic climate we have continued to grow and now employ over 300 staff who support to over 160 individuals.


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Highly Commended for SE of the Year
 – Groundwork CLM

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Social Enterprise Champion 2015

And the winner is…

SE Champion 2015

Steve Hodgkins

Steve founded Jobs, Friends & Houses CIC in May 2014 and was seconded, full-time, from Lancashire Constabulary to lead the enterprise. The CIC supports, empowers and employs people in recovery from addiction, offending, homelessness, mental health problems, long-term unemployment or family breakdown. Since its inception Jobs, Friends & Houses has grown from strength to strength. The company saw a £1million turnover its first operational year and today employs 35 paid staff and supports 15 volunteers.

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Selnet’s Enterprise in Society Awards 2014 Winners

A NEW DAWN FOR SOCIAL ENTERPRISE IN LANCASHIRE

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Lancashire has a new Champion of Social Enterprise in the form of recycling guru Dawn Welham.

The annual Selnet Enterprise In Society awards sees dozens of social enterprises from across the county competing in a host of categories and the highlight of the night is the announcement of our Social Enterprise Champion – the person who, in the judges view, has done the most to promote our sector in the last 12 months.

This year’s winner, Dawn, from Lancashire Community Recycling Network through her role at Leyland-based waste giants Global Renewables is able to link together a range of the county’s social enterprises that are involved in recycling.

The awards ceremony, staged at the impressive De Vere Hotel in Blackpool with more than 250 guests, was a good night for the community sector on the Fylde coast.

Blackpool-based rehabilitation centre, Spiral Health community interest company (cic) won Social Enterprise of the Year, a community initiative which involves Lancashire Police called Jobs, Friends and Houses cic won Start Up Social Enterprise of the Year and a new category this year, to highlight the role of business advisers, was scooped by Janet Fraser who is based in Lytham.

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Social Enterprise – where the profits go back into the social good rather than to the directors – is thriving in Lancashire and its work is spearheaded by the Social Enterprise Lancashire Network, Selnet. Its chief executive, Liz Tapner, said: 

“The Selnet Enterprise In Society awards are like no other. Every year, we see fantastic examples of ways in which social businesses are making a real difference to people’s lives in Lancashire.

Take the Enabling Ability award for example. Community Gateway Volunteer Drivers in Preston started with just one vehicle and now there is a fleet of cars out and about helping to break down people’s isolation.

We were also able to reward the excellent partnership between Lancashire County Council, the Care Foundation Trust and Advocacy Focus where the third sector is playing a key role in helping the public sector.

Other worthy winners on the night were Total Reuse from Skelmersdale, Diane Price and Integrate Preston and Chorley for their Woodhouse initiative.

This is now the fifth year of the awards, we had the highest amount of entries yet and the largest number of guests at the ceremony so I am very proud.”

 

The full list of winners and highly commended reads as follows:

 

Start-up Social Enterprise of the YearStartup
Winner: Jobs, Friends and Houses CIC (Blackpool based)

Jobs, Friends and Houses CIC does what it says on the tin! We provide meaningful employment with training and qualifications, stable accommodation and positive peer support for individuals who were once in drug addiction or alcohol dependency. We enable them to sustain abstinent recovery. We inspire current individuals in addiction to aspire to become abstinent.  


Highly Commended:
Dig In (NW) CIC (Preston based)

 

SmallSmall Social Enterprise of the Year
Winner: Total Reuse CIC (Skelmersdale based)

Total Reuse is a community interest company based in West Lancashire but operating throughout the North West. It exists to find alternative uses for the things people throw away by finding them a new home or repairing, restoring, refurbishing or remanufacturing them into new products. It’s about making a difference to the environment and improving the health and wellbeing of the individuals and communities with whom it comes into contact. It gives people a choice: be part of the solution, rather than the problem.

Highly Commended: Spring into Action CIC (Pennine Lancashire based)

 

 

Enabling Ability AwardEnabling
Winner: Community Gateway Volunteer Drivers (Preston based)

Community Gateway Association’s Gateway Tenants Committee decided a community minibus were a must for this new company. In 2006 staff were tasked with sourcing a vehicle that could be used for promotional purposes to transporting our local residents including those with disabilities.  The first vehicle was delivered to CGA in Aug 2007, after getting off to a very slow start, which saw the minibus being used mainly for company business. By the start of 2007 that had changed with lots of community use, which has only grown since this time.

Highly Commended: Peter Cousins (Jnr) (Skelmersdale based)

 

UnsungUnsung Hero
Winner: Diane Price

Diane’s vision is a society where all children and young people with disabilities are able to realise their goals and aspirations, with a right to community inclusive activities and services which supports them and their families.
Diane says “It is about working together; it takes a bit from everyone to make it work. Tiny steps BIG differences”

 

Highly Commended: Ben Mathew (Blackpool based with UR Potential)

 

 

Business Adviser Of The YearBA
Winner:
Janet Fraser (Lytham based)

Janet’s business background in setting up and running two successful small businesses in the 80’s and 00’s and in management roles in the public sector responsible for business development and innovation led her to become a business adviser. She is a CMI qualified social enterprise business adviser.

Highly Commended: Tony Carr (Blackpool based)

 

PartnershipMost Effective Collaboration
Winner: Advocacy Focus, LCC & Lancs. Care Foundation Trust

Lead commissioners LCC and LCFT, together with Advocacy Focus has successfully led the establishment of an opt out system to maximise benefit for clients subject to the Mental Health Act.  The partnership has been awarded an LGC Innovation in Commissioning Award in 2014 and is looking to develop a national toolkit  to enable other authorities to replicate the service.

Highly Commended: Emmaus Preston

 

Environmental Champion of the YearEnviro
Winner: The Woodhouse (Integrate Preston & Chorley Ltd)

The woodhouse is a social enterprise run and managed by Integrate (Preston & Chorley) Ltd.
It offers a wood recycling service to the construction industry and has a wood resource centre from which sales are made, it is open to everyone.
Landfilling biodegradable waste contributes to the emission of greenhouse gasses, is environmentally, socially and economically unsustainable. By diverting this waste from landfill we are removing it from the waste network and ensuring reuse and recycling instead of disposal, helping construction companies in reducing their environmental impacts.

Highly Commended: Total Reuse CIC

 

Social Enterprise Of The Year
Winner: Spiral Health CIC (Blackpool based)

Spiral Health provides the people of Lancashire and the Fylde Coast with two centres of excellence for rehabilitation, a stepping stone between hospital and home, where patients recover from accidents, illness or major surgery.
We help people ‘Get back upon their feet’

SE of the Year

 

Lancashire’s Social Enterprise Champion 2014

Winner: Dawn Welham (LCRN)

Champion

Dawn has coordinated the Lancashire Community Recycling Network for 6 years. She facilitates essential bi-annual networking events for members, is a vital source of current and legislative information, marketing and publicity support, promotion online/via social media, fundraising and contract tendering expertise.

She works directly on projects that prevent resources being landfilled, provide training and employment for marginalised people and help secure sustainable revenue.

 

More photo’s will be added to this article in due course. For now the full photo album is available at :

www.dropbox.com/sh/zijdm33y1tzadxk/AADHbKbnZLVZUQlpsFBZmGnca

 

Selnet would like to thank everybody involved for making the 2014 Awards our best one yet!

We hope to see you again next year 🙂

 

 

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Selnet Ltd are a BIG Potential Provider

Selnet Ltd has been approved as a BIG Potential Provider. Read below all about the Big Potential and how the fund and working with Selnet could help your organisation become more sustainable.

For more details and to start your application process, go to the BIG Potential website: www.bigpotential.org.uk

 

About Big Potential Big_Potential_Logo_PINK_webhomepage

Big Lottery Fund’s new £10 million fund is aimed at eligible voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations (VSCEs) to improve their sustainability, capacity and scale and help them deliver greater social impact for communities across England.

A grant from the fund will help VCSEs, at the very beginning of their social investment journey, to get specialist and tailored support to become investment ready.

 

What is investment readiness?

Investment ready is a term used to describe organisations that want to grow and expand and who develop their capacity to the extent that they will be successful in gaining external (repayable) investment. This means understanding the requirements of banks and other financial institutions (investors) when you are looking for investment and it includes knowledge about how to develop business plans to secure external finance and communication with investors.

 

What will the Big Potential programme offer?

Big Potential will offer VCSE organisations the chance to consider the usefulness of social investment as part of its broader financing or fundraising strategy.

Organisations will have access to a brand-new Big Potential website :
www.bigpotential.org.uk

with fantastic learning and development content and in-depth information on social investment including case studies, guides and a fully automated diagnostic tool which will be a helpful companion to any VCSE organisation starting its social investment journey.

VCSEs can apply for grants between £25,000 and £75,000 in total to undertake more in-depth investment readiness work with one of Big Potential’s approved providers. These grants will not cover costs relating to the ongoing delivery of your work; just work relating to your organisation’s investment readiness. The grants can also not support projects or activities that the state has a legal obligation to provide.

 

Applying to Big Potential

Overview of the process

In a nutshell, VCSEs that are eligible can apply for a grant from the Big Potential fund to help them become investment ready. There are a few processes to go through:

1. To start, you will work through a Diagnostic Tool assessment.

2. The Social Investment Business grants team will assess your responses to the diagnostic tool. If you are suitable to proceed you will be invited to a more in-depth 1:1 session with our support advisors.

3. After the 1:1 session with a specialist, expert support advisor, you will receive an investment readiness report which describes all the business development you need to undertake before you can be considered to be investment ready.

4. You will need to team up with an approved provider (an individual or organisation providing technical, financial, legal, business planning or other direct support) of your choice. Selnet Ltd is an approved provider and our listing can be found here:
http://www.bigpotential.org.uk/provider/social-enterprise-lancashire-network-selnet-ltd

5. You will meet with the provider and plan an investment readiness project and when this is ready you can apply to the fund for a grant to help you pay for this. You have to pay the provider from this grant (you will get full guidance on how to select and work with a provider as part of the process). This is a preliminary grant.

6. When you and your provider have reached the stage where you think you have an investment deal in sight you may apply a second time to the fund for an investment plan grant to do further work. VCSEs can apply for this grant directly if they already have an investment deal in sight.

7. You may be asked to make a contribution to the total cost and the investment panel that makes decision on grants will pay full attention to your finances, balance sheet and cash flow forecast before making that decision. Please note that being genuinely unable to contribute to costs will not prevent a suitable application from being reviewed by the Panel.

8. Once we make you an offer and you have received your grant, we will explain the usual monitoring and end of grant process associated with grant funding.

Big Potential Application Process

 

The aim at all times is to help VCSEs who want to, grow and expand and provide greater social impact for and with communities across England – in short, to help them become investment ready.

Big Potential will be targeting VCSE’s that are both at an early stage of their investment readiness journey and those that are further along that journey, who are seeking to raise up to £500,000 in external investment. This is to support VCSEs move to a more sustainable funding model and become less dependent on grants. 

 

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Key Fund Introduce NEW Resilience Fund

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Income per head in inner London is the highest in the EU. In the North West, we live in the shadow of former industrial powerhouses, with unemployment black spots.

Whilst the narrative from the capital is one of progress, many villages, towns and cities here are struggling as the public sector shrinks. We are seeing many existing charities, co-operatives, social enterprises and social ventures, many of whom deliver essential services, attempting to adjust to the changed environment as austerity reduces the availability of grant funding. For many this means they must ‘grow, change or die’.

These are challenging times.

Sounds dramatic? But without change, the North-South divide will deepen. The same old stuff won’t work, new challenges need new ideas.

Organisations are looking to develop new products and services, moving into trading, using the profits they generate to support their transition, and deliver their social impact in a more sustainable way. But it’s not easy.

Which is where the Key Fund comes in. It enables this change. Think of it as a revolutionary movement – a new way of doing business.

As the biggest social investor operating across the whole of the North of England, it works with businesses that are about more than just profit, but deliver social impact.

Since it set out in 1999 with the aim to revitalise communities from the collapse of the coal and steel industries, it has evolved into helping to shape new kinds of industry.

We need daring, courage and fairness to live on this planet, things the Key Fund has in spades. Key Fund understands the challenges of working in disadvantaged communities and provides a wide range of support to organisations looking to make this transition: from direct 1-2-1 advice, to specialist investment readiness training via the ‘Early Days and Changing Ways’ programme, to providing investments up to £300,000 with the new ‘Resilience Fund’.

So whether you work for, or are a director or advisor of a charity, co-operative, social enterprise or social venture, perhaps it might be time to speak to the Key Fund about how they can help you to grow or change.

Phone Key Fund on 0845 1401400

 


 

 

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Growth Vouchers

How can they help you to grow your business?

 

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The Growth Vouchers programme can help you find the expert advice and support you need to grow your business.

The Growth Voucher contributes 50% towards the cost of expert advice up to a maximum of £2,000.

 

Professional advice can be funded in a number of areas, including;

  • Raising Finance & Managing Cash Flow; examples include advice on the overall financial health of your business, improving cash flow management, credit control or advice on how to negotiate with banks and investors.
  • Marketing Attracting & Keeping Customers; examples include advice on effective marketing strategies, market research, targeting existing and potential customers, using social media to extend your reach into new markets, pricing strategies and selling skills.
  • Making the most of Digital Technology; examples include advice on product development and market testing, customer service, building online sales, and technology improvements.
  • Improving Leadership & Management Skills; examples include advice on planning for the future, change management, and how to build and improve the management potential of you and your team.
  • Recruiting & Developing your Staff; examples include advice on how to hire, train and manage staff, employment law and regulations, and performance management systems. 


Is my business eligible?

  • Do you have less than 50 employees
  • Have you been trading for at least one year
  • Is your business registered in England
  • Your business has not paid for strategic advice or received less than 200,000 euros of public money in the last 3 years


How do I apply for a voucher?

Complete the short application form by visiting www.gov.uk/apply-growth-vouchers

For more information regarding the programme and frequently asked questions please visit www.winning-pitch.co.uk/growth_vouchers or email growthvouchers@winning-pitch.co.uk

 

Please email growthvouchers@winning-pitch.co.uk for an electronic copy of this text and growth voucher logo.

 

 

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Brooks Newmark announced as next minister for Civil Society

Brooks NewmarkDavid Cameron has announced that Brooks Newmark will be the next minister for civil society.

Newmark is the MP for Braintree. He has been an MP since 2005. He has sat on the Treasury Select Committee since 2012.

He is involved with various charities including PARC, a respite centre based in Braintree for children with severe disabilities, Farleigh Hospice and A Partner in Education, which he founded in 2010.

He is still a trustee for A Partner in Education which has been set up to furnish a new school in Rwanda. Over the three years since it has been registered with the Charity Commission its total income has been £4,200 with an expenditure of £24,000.

Nick Hurd tweeted his congratulations saying that Brooks Newmark “is an old friend and I am relieved and delighted that he is picking up the baton. A very decent and thoughtful man”.

In 2010 Newmark was appointed a senior government whip with responsibility for the Department of Business and the Wales Office and later was given responsibility for the Department for International Development (DFID) and the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister until September 2012. During this time, Newmark was a Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury.

Before entering politics, Newmark was a senior partner of Apollo Management LP, an international private equity firm.

 

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Ribble Valley Business Awards 2014

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The Ribble Valley Business Awards (or RVs) is all about championing the people and enterprises that make Ribble Valley such a great place to live, work and visit.

This awards initiative – new for 2014 – is organised by the volunteer mentor team at Enterprising People – a project offering free, one-to-one mentoring support for local people and organisations with innovative ideas they want to make happen.

This first of what we hope will become an annual and prestigious part of the local business calendar will be officially launched for entries in July 2014, with the winners announced at a glittering awards ceremony at 

NOMINATIONS WILL START ONLINE IN JULY.

PDF To see a full list of awards and sponsors, please click here.

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Crafty Uniforms

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Crafty Uniforms: A shop with a difference is opening mid-July at 58 Pall Mall, Chorley.

We will be selling high quality, low cost ‘pre-loved school uniforms’ for Primary and High schools in the Chorley area as well as a wide range of very affordable recycled arts and craft materials.

This shop with a difference promotes the concept of ethical recycling and the ‘re-wear’ of ‘grown out, not worn out’ affordable school uniform for all.

Brothers of Charity Services are running in partnership with other support agencies and we will also be able to provide information, advice, guidance and/or signposting on a wide variety of life issues.

Donations of ‘grown out, not worn out’ school uniforms are always required and can be dropped off at the shop.

Look out for our community ‘Drop Spots’ where items of uniform can also be donated.

 

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A social enterprise of Brothers of Charity Services
Registered Charity: 234252   www.brothersofcharity.org.uk

 

 

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Recycling Lives Wins Second Queen’s Award for Sustainable Enterprise

April 22, 2014

After winning a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Development in 2010, recycling and waste management firm Recycling Lives has just scooped the award for the second time.

Queens_Award_2014On this occasion, it was the company’s recently launched “Flat Panel Display recycling and employment project” at HMP Kirkham that impressed the judging panel.

By establishing a busy recycling centre within the prison, and integrating the training and work experience opportunities there with the six-stage charity programme available at its own premises, Recycling Lives offers prisoners at HMP Kirkham the chance to secure supported accommodation and stable employment after release.

Granting the award for a second time to Recycling Lives, the office for the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise stated:


Widely accredited for its environmental management, the company targets niche recycling markets, processing previously unrecyclable items, such as flat screen displays, and making working components available for re-sale where possible.

Thus, Recycling Lives diverts products from landfills and contributes significantly to environmental improvement. Through its work, the organisation offers ex-offenders, homeless people and long-term unemployed individuals routes to employment via rehabilitation, training and accommodation, enabling them to develop vital social and employability skills.

Bu supporting charities, social enterprises, community ventures and ethical businesses, Recycling Lives sets a benchmark not only for the sector, but for industry in general.

 

Recycling Lives was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in recycling livesPreston, Lancashire. The company is considered a social business by its directors, having expressed a commitment in 2011 to working only on projects which demonstrate a positive social impact.

In addition to its earlier Queen’s Award, Recycling Lives was championed for its commitment to positive social impact in a 2012 Government white paper entitled “Social Justice: Transforming Lives”. The company’s founder and chief executive, Steven Jackson OBE, was also recognised in the 2013 New Year Honours List for Services to Employment and the Community in Lancashire.


Mr Jackson commented on this latest award, saying:

We’re all incredibly proud here at Recycling Lives: to be recognised not once but twice by the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise is a huge honour.

For years, Recycling Lives has sought to develop effective and creative solutions to recycling and waste management challenges that prioritise not only environmental sustainability, but social and economic sustainability as well.

Organisations need to see that it is absolutely possible to build up and sustain a successful commercial business while making Corporate Social Responsibility a primary concern.

 

In addition to expanding its commercial recycling and waste management activities, Recycling Lives hopes to extend its social impact via its charity-led Community Dotcom services.

The company’s nationwide Community Dotcom schemes, including SkipHireNetwork.org, OfficeClearanceNetwork.org, BulkyWaste.org and ScrapCarNetwork.org, enable charities and ethical businesses to deliver reuse and recycling services to householders across the country.

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