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Launch of North Northants Social Enterprise Network

19 November 2020

Press Release: 19 November 2020

Local Social Enterprises Launch New Network to Raise their Profile

‘Good business for people and planet’ is the message behind the new North Northants Social Enterprise Network which is being launched on Thursday 19 November to coincide with Social Enterprise Day. 

A group of local social enterprises including Teamwork Trust, Accommodation Concern and Youth Works have joined forces to create this new network in order to raise the profile of what they do, the benefits they bring to the area and social enterprise in general.

Alison Holland who runs Brightkidz social enterprise in Kettering has set up the network which includes the launch of a new website providing information and profiles on local social enterprises. 

She said ‘We know we need to ‘build back better’ after covid especially in light of the future economic and climate challenges we face. Social enterprises are well-positioned to help achieve that. We are all businesses which are about achieving an environmental or social aim above financial reward. 

With the new unitary council forming early next year, we want to be sure our leaders all realise this and make use of local social enterprises. Also we want to inspire others to start their own social enterprises as it’s a great way to solve problems whilst doing a job you love.’

Jo Moore, CEO of Accommodation Concern said: ‘I feel that at this present time those of us working locally need to support each other, but also have a new opportunity to build the new unitary into a good place to be a social enterprise – giving back to the community whilst creating sustainable organisations.’

Victoria Bell, Head of Development at Teamwork Trust said: “Social enterprises like ours offer huge value to the local community, so to have a central support network for like-minded organisations in the county to come together will be really beneficial. We are very proud of the social impact we make to autistic adults and adults with learning disabilities and mental health needs in Northamptonshire as we help them to grow and succeed.”

A key aim of the network is to increase understanding of what social enterprises are: not-for-profit organisations which earn (rather than receive donations for) the majority of their income by selling products or delivering services. Those who run them get paid salaries but there is no profit distribution. There are different legal structures for social enterprises and include charitable trusts such as Wicksteed Park, community interest companies (CIC) such as Shire Sounds Radio and CommMiniBus (who run the Kettering Catcher bus) and companies limited by guarantee such as Brightkidz.

The launch is timed to coincide with Social Enterprise Day which is on the third Thursday in November every year and part of Global Enterprise Week.  According to Social Enterprise UK there are over 100,000 social enterprises throughout the country contributing £60 billion to the economy and employing two million people.

For more information about North Northants Social Enterprise Network visit www.nnse.org.uk


19 November 2020