NESEP members and supporters are invited to participate in a research survey compiled by Social Enterprise Europe. The results of the survey will help Social Enterprise Europe to understand the ways in which personal assistance budgets are being applied in different countries in Europe.

Social Enterprise Europe is a small networking organisation involved in training and promoting best practice approaches to social enterprises. Social Enterprise Europe is part of an EC supported consortium with like minded organisations in several other European countries; nicknamed ‘Cleopatra’ – the Consortium under the EC’s LEOnardo programme for Personal Assistants TRAining.

The survey which should not take more than a few minutes. Please click here to complete it >>>>


Due to immense popularity and success, Social Incubator North will be re-opening for one final round. The deadline for applications is Friday 9th January, 5pm.

For more information and to apply, please visit:

This practical, comprehensive, six module course – organised by Social Enterprise Europe and York CVS – will give you the tools you need to start, grow and run a successful social enterprise. The modules are all stand alone, so you can complete them all or select the most appropriate ones for you.

Social enterprises are different from the private sector, charitable and voluntary organisations and need to develop differently. This course will make sure you get the right support, information and inspiration to develop a social enterprise plan that delivers a business that is relevant, feasible and sustainable.


  • Organisation: SERRAC Ltd
  • Salary: circa £20,000
  • Salary info: Hours negotiable. SERRAC Ltd will start trading in January 2015. Annual leave: 22 days plus public holidays. Contract: 12 months initially. Probationary period: 6 months
  • Job type: Business Development Manager
  • Status: Full time
  • Closing date: 28/11/2014
  • Location: Home Based. Ashington, Northumberland


Are you looking for an exciting opportunity to join a brand new social enterprise that will help carers and other people access the products and services they need?

The Business Development Manager will identify products and services, find the right specialist suppliers and promote and market products and services initially in Northumberland.

Working with the Board of Directors you’ll be responsible for delivering the business plan, building the supplier and customer base and growing the business. If you’re an enthusiastic and motivated self starter with a head for business who’s good with people then we’d love to hear from you.

The Business Development Manager will be responsible for the day to day running of the business and is expected to report regularly to and work closely with the company Directors. The Business Development Manager is expected to grow the business.

Serrac Ltd. will become a recognised and trusted brand offering access to a range of ethical products and services from trusted suppliers; in particular specialist advice for those with complex needs. In the initial trading year the focus will be on legal, financial and payroll services for the target market of carers in Northumberland. As the business grows new products and services will be added to the offer.

Serrac Ltd. is a social enterprise that will reinvest its profits in Carers Northumberland.

The Business Development Manager will be home based and will have access to resources at Carers Northumberland Office in Ashington.

The following are essential:

• results focused and target driven approach to work

• a proven track record of success in developing trade

• able to demonstrate success in developing and maintaining business relationships

• customer-focused attitude to work

• excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to work with people at all levels

• high level of customer service skills

• excellent oral and written communication skills

• good time management and the ability to prioritise work
The following are desirable:

• understanding of Social Enterprises

• understanding of the carers sector

• Previous business or management experience

The three main outcomes we expect the Business Development Manager to deliver are:

• A recognised business and brand

For example by:

o Co-ordinating marketing, PR and communication activities

o Developing and maintaining effective consultation and communication with customers and partners

o Managing stakeholder relationships both internally and externally

• A growing business with sustainable income streams

For example by:

o Ensuring and maintaining excellent customer service

o Understanding what products and services carers need

o Increasing the range and choice of products and services available

o Identifying and building relationships with new suppliers

o Increasing income generated through trade

• A well managed and governed business

For example by:

o Working alongside the Company Directors to develop strategy and plans

o Managing, developing and monitoring business performance

o Implementing delivery and reporting on progress made against targets

o Managing volunteers and staff assisting with practical tasks

o Liaising with and reporting to funders, auditors and completing all statutory returns to Companies House

o Ensuring systems are in place for managing financial information

o Preparing financial and performance reports for the Board

For an informal discussion regarding this post please contact: Peter Stonell on 0797 40 40 486

Organisation profile:

Serrac Limited is a referral route using a website and telephone helpline to provide affordable and easily accessible local services to those who need advice and support. It earns commission from its suppliers.

Application notes:

For application pack please contact Serrac at

For an informal discussion regarding this post please contact Peter Stonell on 07974 040486.

To apply please send CV and covering letter to before noon on Friday 28 November 2014.
Interviews will be held in early December


Social enterprise is a new model of business that combines the best of business with clear and purposeful social aims. This two-day programme will begin by exploring the dynamic model of social enterprise. You will also develop an understanding of your individual leadership and entrepreneurship qualities. Enterprising Leadership is an opportunity to discover your potential to develop more enterprising ways of engaging our community.


  • Meet like-minded people interested in making their communities more sustainable
  • Deepen your understanding of key concepts involved in social enterprise
  • Take part in lively discussions about what social enterprise means to you
  • Understand what is meant by leadership and the key responsibilities of a leader
  • Start to see yourself as a leader with a clearer understanding of your strengths and areas of development
  • Engage with 2-3 leadership theories and apply them to your situation
  • Create an action plan to apply what you learn.

This programme is aimed towards individuals aspiring to move into leaderhsip positions in the third sector, whether in a voluntary or paid role.

Duration: 2 days
Date: 28 & 29 January 2015
Time: 9.30am – 4pm
Location: Newcastle upon-Tyne
Cost: TBC

For more information, please contact: Marie Duguid – Business Development Officer: 0131 243 2697 |

A South Shields based Arts organisation has announced the launch of an award for local South Tyneside artists.
A fundraising dinner is organized on Friday, 21st November 7pm at Customs House, South Shields.

In collaboration with South Tyneside Council, ArtsConnect are inviting Artists and Crafts makers from South Tyneside to apply for the Bob Watters Artist’s Residency Award.

Close friend and colleague, Cllr Joyce Welsh, said “Bob was passionate about all aspects of the Arts and it is fitting that his name and contribution will continue to be recognised in the Borough for years to come.”

An evening of fine Indian dining in support of the project is to be held on the 21st November 2014 at the Customs House to be attended by the Mayor and Mayoress of South Tyneside to launch the  new annual award. “I am delighted to be able to support this new and exciting award” said Local MP Emma Lowell-Buck “Bob’s unswerving commitment to the community he served is an example to us all and reflects the commitment of Councilors’ throughout the UK in these challenging times.

The award recognises and celebrates the life and selfless work of the respected Councilor who died suddenly in January 2014. It will support local artists in South Tyneside to develop their art and gain much needed exposure for their work within the local community and beyond. It will commence with a month’s residency at “Makaan”, ArtsConnect’s unique studio and Gallery based in the heart of the community in South Shields.

The evening is being supported in part by Asian Business Connexions. Ammar Mirza CBE Chair of the forum said

Recognizing and remembering Bob Watters in such a kind and thoughtful manner should encourage others to get involved and show their support for such a great initiative.

The aim of this award is to raise the profile of emerging artists from the Borough of South Tyneside by providing a month long residency that enables them to either develop or experiment with new ideas, create new work and share with local communities.

“The award will be an annual event giving local artists and crafts makers in South Tyneside a unique opportunity to focus on their work, develop their practice and create new works in a supportive environment,” said ArtsConnect’s Artistic Director, Padma Rao. “One of the main elements of the award will be the public presentation of the winning artist’s work for 12 months at South Shields Town Hall.”

The award comprises of:

  • A month long residency at Makaan art studio
  • Materials cost
  • Mentoring support
  • Public sharing through an End of Residency Open Studio event
  • Public presentation of one finished piece at South Shields Town Hall

“The award has brought in an array of partnerships and sponsorship support from both within and outside South Tyneside.  We are truly delighted and inspired that Newcastle College, Life Style Academy will provide support towards the catering for the evening. Other supporters include, South Shields Rotary and Hindu Nari Sangh,” said ArtsConnect’s Commercial Director Steve Donkin. “ We would like to have more sponsors onboard and support this unique scheme.  This could be an opportunity to make a timely difference in someone’s career.”

For more information, please contact Steve Donkin on 07867 787142 or Padma Rao on 07930175319 or email:  or visit website: 

Click here to download an invite to the fundraising dinner >>>>

A long-established marketing and design co-operative has taken on a new generation of workers and is developing new services with help from the Co-operative Loan Fund.

Alpha Communication, based in Newcastle upon Tyne, has launched two new services – video production and graphic animation – and is already working on projects for several clients involved in community development, faith networks and fair trade. The Co-operative Loan Fund is providing finance for working capital and the purchase of video equipment.

The co-operative, set up in 1987, has changed significantly in recent years. Key workers have left and a new team was recruited in 2011-12. In 2013 Alpha Communication relocated from Durham to Newcastle – a very positive move that has resulted in new business.

David Parker, the only original member of the co-op still working at Alpha Communication, said:

Although there have been big changes in our industry over the last 27 years the core of our business has remained the same – we help our clients to communicate with the people they want to reach. When we started we mostly used print to do this – now we use websites, video and social media.

Fen Frances, the youngest member of the co-op, said:

The Co-operative Loan Fund has helped us realise a collective dream by allowing us to move into other creative arenas and offer an even wider range of products and services to our customers. We’ve already completed several video projects, which our clients are delighted with. We’re excited to expand on this work, and confident that our business will continue to grow over the next few years.

Ian Rothwell of the Co-operative Loan Fund said:

It’s very encouraging to see an established workers’ co-op with a viable business plan that should enable it to flourish long after the founder members have retired. I was most impressed by the determination of the younger members of Alpha to drive the business forward into new markets.

To officially launch Wills And Trusts Community Help C.I.C. during the month of November they are offering basic single and mirror wills completely free of charge.*

Having your will in place provides clarity to your family and it also gives you the peace of mind that your wishes will be carried out correctly.

To claim your FREE basic will please contact WATCH by emailing with the words FREE WILL in the subject bar.

They will then get in touch with you and take you through the simple process of documenting your wishes for you.

*demand for this offer is likely to be high so it is a limited offer and the first 10 respondents will receive their wills free of charge.

Additional information can be found by calling WATCH’s Mark Jordan directly on 07747 777303 or by going to their website at


New funding programmes, worth almost £130,000, have been launched at Teesside University to establish a network of social enterprises across the region and provide them with training, support and mentoring.

The University won funding from UnLtd, a support charity for social entrepreneurs, to provide three different schemes to encourage social enterprise. The funding is part of UnLtd’s SEE Change programme.This latest tranche of funding from UnLtd means that, over the last three years, Teesside University has accessed almost £250,000 to help social enterprises to grow.

There are three strands to the SEE Change programme which will be offered at Teesside University. The strands include a Teesside University-led social enterprise cluster across the North East, funding to help high-growth social enterprises and a collaboration to create a creative and cultural ecosystem in Darlington.Teesside has already had considerable success working with UnLtd and has helped to fund 19 social enterprises ranging from a company providing activities for disabled children, to an online hub for community groups in East Cleveland.

Eileen Wicks, Graduate Enterprise Manager at Teesside University, said:

We are delighted to be able to offer these exciting new opportunities for social enterprises across the North-East.This is the next step in the development of our support for social enterprise and will build upon the achievements we have already had in this field. Running a social enterprise can be an incredibly rewarding experience and we want to provide as much help as we can to enable social entrepreneurs to succeed.”

The first is the creation of a social enterprise support cluster involving the five North-East universities, led by Teesside, who will work in partnership to improve the social enterprise support infrastructure and include other organisations including support agencies, businesses and community groups.

Louis Garbutt, the new Social Enterprise Associate, has been appointed to facilitate the delivery of the cluster project. Louis will work with the five universities to help implement social enterprise activities and programmes. The first of which is a unique Social Enterprise Start-Up Weekend open to students and graduates of all five universities. The weekend is due to run from 21-23 November 2014 with a whole host of social entrepreneurs and mentors helping teams of delegates develop social enterprise ideas from scratch.

The second strand of funding is a Scale and Growth programme which will help high potential social enterprises to expand. The programme will provide a range of financial and non-financial support to the social enterprises to assist them to grow.

The final strand of the programme will see a Cultural and Creative Partnership formed in collaboration with arts group Creative Darlington. It will work to create an eco-system which promotes the use of creative and cultural activities to meet social aims and provide opportunities for social enterprise in this field.

For more information about social enterprise opportunities at Teesside University contact Louis Garbutt on 01642-738175 or email

The Young Co-operators Prize is the beginning of a wider campaign to empower young people to create a more equal and sustainable economy through setting up co-operative businesses.

A collaboration between AltGenCo-operatives UK  and ten partner universities across the country, the YCP aims to make it as easy as possible for students and graduates to choose co-operatives as an alternative career pathway in which they collaborate with others to create meaningful work they are in control of. The YCP will support five groups of young people to set up their own co-operative enterprise by providing mentoring, business support and a £2000 prize.

Founded by three recent graduates frustrated by the unfair and exploitative nature of the world of work, AltGen supports 18-29 year olds to set up co-operative businesses as an empowering and collaborative solution to youth unemployment.

Applications open: 1st November 2014
Applications close: 1st March 2015
Successful entrants announced: 25th March 2015

Find out more >>>>

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