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SEYH Annual Conference 2018

The 2018 SEYH Conference will bring together regional social enterprises and entrepreneurs, businesses and members of the third sector along with a mixture of other exciting people who are passionate about social enterprise.

The theme of this year’s conference is positive disruption. We will hear from and celebrate those that are positively disrupting the status quo in their area, whether it be environment, education, healthcare or any other. It will be a fantastic forum to network and the facilitated discussions and social entrepreneur presentations will undoubtedly be thought provoking.

The SEYH AGM in the middle of the conference will clearly outline the direction the organisation.

Friday 20th April 2018 – 10am to 4pm

Temple Hall, York St John University, 34 Saint John Street, York, YO31 7EX

The ticket price includes lunch and refreshments throughout the day. Tickets available here via Eventbrite.

Views sought on civil society strategy for England

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has opened a consultation on a new civil society strategy for England. The consultation focuses on four key aims: helping people to play an active role in building a stronger society, unlocking the potential of the private and public sectors to support social good, helping improve communities to make them better places to live and work, and improving public services. Responses will be accepted until 22 May 2018.

The consultation documents

One In A Million vacancy for funding bid writing professional

  • Do you want to work with a charity where children come first?
  • Do you want an organisation who values their staff?
  • Do you want to work in a values led environment?
  • Do you want to be part of a growing and thriving charity?
  • Do you always put children and young people first?

If you answered “YES”, then this is the opportunity for YOU.

As a proven experienced funding bid writer, you will have excellent research, writing and checking skills, and close attention to detail. You will be a first-class negotiator, listener and creative thinker.

You will prepare and submit high-quality funding bid applications that enable the organisation to achieve sustainable growth and expand new programmes. You will have excellent knowledge of the third sector, local/national trust funders and foundations, restricted/unrestricted funds, social investment and capital programmes. A great team player, you will work collaboratively and creatively, you will build relationships with the OIAM Corporate/Events and Community teams in order to research, write and submit detailed, compelling, evidence based applications for fulfilment of our charitable vision, mission, theory of change and strategic pathways development plan.

Download a copy of the recruitment pack here

Figures reveal trends and growth in self-employment

The number of self-employed people in the UK has increased from 3.3 million in 2001 to 4.8 million in 2017, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The self-employed now account for around 15% of the total labour force in the UK, up from 12% in 2001. The figures have also revealed significant growth in the number of self-employed who work on their own or with a partner, but without any employees. This group has increased from 2.4 million in 2001 to 4 million in 2017.

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Government publishes response to Taylor Review

The Government has published its response to the Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices. In the response, the Government has outlined plans to provide all workers, including casual and zero-hours workers, with a range of employment rights on the first day they start work, such as entitlements to holiday pay and sick pay. All workers will also be able to request a more stable contract of employment. In addition, the response outlines a range of measures to ensure workers are paid fairly and are aware of their employment rights. There will also be stronger penalties for employers that breach employment law.

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Community Shop – Director vacancy

Community Shop is the UK’s first social supermarket, and one of the UK’s top social enterprises. Based in South Yorkshire and offering a competitive salary and generous benefits package you will be leading the development of an innovative social enterprise, currently serving communities in South Yorkshire and London and aiming to expand across the UK.

Community Shop offers great food at discounted prices to those that need it most and also provides access to professional and personal development programmes to kick-start positive change and enable the creation of more cohesive and connected communities. Each Community Shop has three independent spaces; a store, a development hub and a kitchen and social eating space.

The Director will work closely with the MD to devise and lead on the delivery of future strategy and drive growth, income and social impact. This is a complex leadership role requiring experience of working at board level in a social enterprise or charity, experience of driving social impact, developing income and funding opportunities and representing the organisation with a wide range of stakeholders and supporters.

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Sheffield becomes a ‘Social Enterprise City’

Sheffield is now a ‘Social Enterprise City’, an award granted by Social Enterprise UK that recognises it as a hotspot of social enterprise activity. Further information

Young Innovators support programme launched

Innovate UK and the Prince’s Trust have launched a new programme to support young people with innovative business ideas. The Young Innovators programme will provide coaching and mentoring to help people aged 18 to 30 to develop innovative business ideas that could better their local community, use technology to solve an everyday problem or tackle an environmental issue. Participants will also receive an allowance to cover time spent working on their idea, as well as funding for business activities such as travelling to meet customers. The Prince’s Trust is running a series of regional events in February and March that will provide more information about the programme. The first deadline for applications is 1 March 2018.

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Annual Return for charities simplified

Amendments to the Annual Return to reduce the reporting burden on charities in England and Wales have been announced by the Charity Commission. The amendments were part of a consultation that closed in November 2017. The new Annual Return will be easier to complete than previous versions. It includes more questions about executive pay but overall it has 15 fewer questions than previous versions.

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ICO publishes GDPR guidance for charities

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has published new guidance to help charities prepare for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which comes into force in May 2018. The guidance answers frequently asked questions about the GDPR, covering topics including what information the GDPR applies to and the steps charities can take to comply with the new rules. The guidance also provides information about where charities can access further help and support to prepare for the GDPR.

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