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New online service to help resolve disputes

HM Courts & Tribunals Service is piloting a new online service to make it easier for individuals and small businesses in England and Wales to make claims of up to £10,000 in the County Court. The new service allows claimants to issue a County Court claim and settle disputes online, as well as recommending mediation services. The pilot follows an earlier trial of the service which took place in August 2017. Of the 1,400 individuals and small business participants in the trial, 80% said the service was very good and easy to use.

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Support to help small firms apply for government contracts

The Cabinet Office has announced plans to introduce new measures to support smaller firms to become Government suppliers. Under the plans, contractors who cannot demonstrate fair payment practices with their small business sub-contractors will be banned from bidding for large public sector or government contracts. All contractors will also have to advertise sub-contracting opportunities via the Contracts Finder website. Other measures include giving sub-contractors more powers to report poor payment practices to buying authorities, as well as requiring all main contractors to submit evidence to the Government to prove that small businesses in their supply chain are benefiting from the contract.

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Companies House invites CICs to test new online filing

Companies House is asking directors and secretaries at community interest companies (CICs), and agents who file for CICs, to complete a short survey on online filing. The results will help Companies House with its development of a new online filing service for CICs. In addition, CIC directors, secretaries and agents are being invited to ‘user-test’ a new version of the filing service.

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Operations Manager Vacancy

People in Action are recruiting an Operations Manager to be responsible for the efficient running and development of People in Actions services. They are looking for an enthusiastic person who has an ambition and drive to get the job done to the best of their ability, along with an innovative and committed way of working. This will be a busy role, excellent time management, organisational skills and a keen eye for detail are key. A successful track record of organisational development and management leading to business success and growth is essential. Applications to be submitted to [email protected]

Salary: £35,000pa

Closing date: Friday 4th May at 12pm

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SEYH Conference 2018 Speaker announced

Annual Conference – Friday, 20th April

Richard MacCowan is the Founder & Managing Director of Biomimicry UK | Innovation Lab. Richard has worked with some of the world’s largest companies around the world, and given talks from Milan Design Week, to Montenegro and India. This diverse range has super-yacht design, packaging through to innovation in multi-national companies. The key links in all of this are behavioural change and system-thinking. Looking to nature for potential solutions is not possible without undertaking these crucial steps first.

Richard will be discussing how we need to disrupt the way we think and act by changing behaviours, both internally and externally, before we can implement change. This will cover insights in the fields of biomimicry, the circular economy and new technologies.  Richard is a very engaging speaker and you will come away inspired and thinking differently about how we interact and do things.


Voluntary and Community Sector Support in Calderdale

From the beginning of April 2018 voluntary and community sector organisations in Calderdale can access a range of support services from a single point of contact.

 This is made possible through an alliance of six organisations, made up of the four providers and two commissioning bodies, working together and sharing skills to benefit voluntary and community sector groups working in Calderdale: 

  • Voluntary Action Calderdale
  • Sector Support Calderdale (North Bank Forum)
  • West Yorkshire Community Accounting Service
  • Locality
  • Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Calderdale Council

 Through this single point of contact voluntary and community sector groups working in Calderdale will have access to a range of support services and advice, including: 

  • Training
  • Funding and financial advice
  • Organisational development
  • Communications
  • Volunteering
  • Governance

 The Alliance is focused on the needs and requirements of the groups and organisations that make up the voluntary and community sector (VCSE) in Calderdale. The support services on offer will be further developed to respond to VCSE support needs with accessibility, practicality and sustainability at its heart.

 Through the offer of a range of resources and support services, available through a single point of contact, its aim is to build skills and capability, and in doing so, empower voluntary and community groups in Calderdale to take charge of their continued development

 Access to the single point of contact is:

 By email: [email protected]

By telephone 01422 348777

Through their single base:  Calderdale VSI Alliance, VAC Resource Centre, Hall Street, Halifax, HX1 5AY.



Social Enterprise UK removes membership fee for start-ups and small enterprises

Trade body Social Enterprise UK has re-launched its membership offer to include free membership for start-ups and smaller social enterprises.

The umbrella organisation, which works to increase the profile of the sector, has enabled all social enterprises with a turnover of less than £100,000 to join for free since 7 March. It says larger social enterprises will benefit from more exclusive offers, with opportunities to contribute to policy and lobbying work and more practical support.

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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