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Shire Sounds Radio Advert for NNSE

Thanks to Charlie and Julia for recording and producing this radio advert for NNSE featured on Shire Sounds Radio this spring. Tune in to Shire Sounds Radio online at

AMAZON ALEXA: “Alexa, Open Shire Sounds Radio”

GOOGLE NEST: “OK Google, Talk to Shire Sounds Radio”

Listen to the North Northants Social Enterprise Advert here courtesy of Shire Sounds Radio

Accommodation Concern are Hiring: Administrator

Closes 31 Jan

27 Jan 2021

APPLICATIONS NOW CLOSED An experienced co-ordinator/administrator is needed for busy charity/social enterprise supporting homeless and vulnerable adults in Kettering.  This is an extremely challenging, busy role that spans both internal demands and external customers.  The ability to work calmly, effectivity and prioritise in a fast-paced environment, whilst managing multiple projects at once is essential.

This is a Full-Time role working for 37.5 hours per week, 5 days per week from 9.00 to 5.00. You will be the first point of contact for all clients approaching either in person, by phone, e-mail and social media. Internal support for the office includes planning and booking meeting rooms, completing documentation, ordering stock and general project management

For further information and full job description please contact Then please apply with a CV and a covering letter stating why you feel you would be suitable for the role

Closing Date: Sunday 31st January 2021

Interviews to be held Monday 8th February 2021

Kettering Social Enterprise Community Radio Station Expanding to Cover North

12 Dec 2020

A local, online community radio station based in Kettering is expanding to cover more areas of North Northamptonshire, following the announcement that Kettering, Corby, Wellingborough & East Northants Councils will merge in April 2021. 

Shire Sounds Radio will begin aiming its broadcasts at Corby, Wellingborough and East Northamptonshire from Saturday 2nd January 2021 kicking off with Saturday Breakfast at 7am. It will play a feel-good mix of music from the 1980s to today’s chart hits, national news at the top of the hour and local news and events covered within live shows. 

The online station – which you can listen to on your smartphone via the MyTuner Radio app, Google Home & Amazon Alexa enabled devices by asking them to “Open Shire Sounds Radio” and Sonos Speakers as well as the website – will feature well-known, local presenters such as Sarah Langdon, Katie Donnelly, Mikey Faulkner & award winning presenter Oli Hackett, who won the Best In Music award presented by BBC Radio 1’s Annie Mac earlier this year. Shire Sounds also boasts a variety of shows playing music such as Soul and R&B, Musicals, Rock & Nostalgia and a Top 20 chart show. 

Station Manager Charlie Stone said “Community Radio is playing a vital part in spreading messages with regards to Coronavirus, it’s also a great source of entertainment. Our academy training program provides a unique experience for those wanting to learn more about radio broadcasting, with a potential entry point into a career” 

Friday Night Dance presenter Charlotte Fulton said: “As a newcomer at Shire Sounds, I have received nothing but the warmest welcome. As someone who is a full-time music enthusiast not only am I doing something I enjoy but it has taught me so many new skills. I like to hope in these hard times that our entertainment can really help others when they need it most.”

Upon speaking to the public, Rothwell resident Samantha said: “I love listening to Shire Sounds all the time because it has a variety of different shows across the week. My personal favourite is the Musicals Way with Oli on a Sunday, but even the non-stop music in the work day is great for motivation!  “

Shire Sounds Radio launched in Summer 2019 from the Kettering Market Place with live performances from Kettering Theats, local band “The Touch” and more. The station is primarily run by a team of under 25s with plentiful experience in broadcasting and a passion for radio. 

Shire Sounds has a bespoke business support scheme, setup during the Coronavirus pandemic, to ensure that all businesses have access to affordable advertising on a popular platform all for just £10 a month. To hear more information, email 

Boromi are Hiring – Applications Closed 5 January 2020

APPLICATIONS NOW CLOSED. Boromi is looking for an Operations Manager to join the team!

We’re looking to bring on board a local, part-time Operations Manager to oversee the day-to-day administration, logistics and operations of our two family programmes, as well as identifying and implementing opportunities to increase and drive efficiency across the wider organisation.

If you’re interested in joining our small but exciting team, applications are open until 5th January 2021. To find out more about the role and how to apply, click here:

If you have any questions, you can contact Boromi’s CEO Evie directly on:

Location: Home based/ Corby, Northants
Salary: £22,000-26,000 pro rata (part time role, ideally 8-16 hours per week)
Contract Type: Fixed term 12 months (potential to extend and/or become permanent, subject to review)
Start Date: Required ASAP (ideally January 2021 start)

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Local Social Enterprises Launch New Network to Raise their Profile

19 Nov 2020

‘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