Think, snap and tweet!

As the old adage goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. Get involved with a new competition from The Philosophy Foundation and tweet a picture of their new bus advert to win a free copy of their new book ‘The Numberverse’.

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The Numberverse addresses the conceptual development of numbers and shows how to build firm foundations in maths - ideal for use by primary and secondary teachers (of children aged 7-13 years old) or parents who want to inspire their children, but perhaps never enjoyed maths themselves.

These thought-provoking posters can be found on the back of the 214 bus from Hampstead to Finsbury Circus in London, and in Wales on the buses out of Bridgend and Blackwood. To enter the competition simply send your snap via Twitter to @philosophyfound #TPFBUS.

The winner will be randomly selected at the end of September.

The Philosophy Foundation is a unique educational charity that brings philosophy to schools and the wider community. Find out more about them and how you can get involved by visiting their website.

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Vacancies with arc social enterprises

The latest round up of jobs, apprenticeships and volunteer roles available with arc social enterprises:

JOBS:

Community Catalysts supports the development of local micro-enterprises that provide social care, health care, housing and leisure services. 

  • Director of Shared Lives Development - to help drive the development of Shared Lives across the UK, so that everyone who could benefit from a Shared Lives service is able to do so. Find out more. Apply by 29 August.

Belu is a 100% carbon neutral water bottling company. All of its profits are given to leading clean water charity, WaterAid. 

  • Orders and logistics executive - responsible for processing all incoming orders with their growing customer base. Find out more. Apply by 29 August.

APPRENTICESHIPS:

Building Lives provides construction apprenticeships to the local community. They specialise in partnering with local councils and social Landlords to review their supply chains and advise on how they can improve their existing delivery.  

  • Apprenticeships for school leavers - Paid construction apprenticeships across London for all school leavers to gain diplomas in plumbing, carpentry, brickwork, plastering, painting and decorating, roof work and tiling. Find out more about the open days on Wednesday 27 August.

Creative Process is a creative and digital industries apprenticeships organisation.

  • Apprenticeships for young people  - Paid digital/creative apprenticeships such as Digital content/journalist, Social Media, Digital Marketing, Graphic and digital design, Flash designer, Live events technician, M&C Saatchi Design, M&C Saatchi Sport & Entertainment Video, ATA Web Developer. For more information on these London-based apprenticeships or opportunities elsewhere in the UK visit their website.

VOLUNTEERS:

Eco Communities is a social enterprise committed to reducing the amount of unnecessary waste going to landfill and providing library, computer and employment and training access to a wide variety of people

  • Volunteers – for community hubs & other parts of the organisation. Find out more.

Mazi Mas is a roaming restaurant that brings exciting, authentic and diverse home cooking to the public alongside creating employment opportunities for women from migrant and refugee communities.

  • Social Media and Communications Volunteer - in charge of maintaining Mazí Mas’s different social media channels, running the website and newsletter, and sustaining outreach to other media and relevant parties so as to promote and develop the project. Find out more. Apply by 15 September.

arc and five arc social enterprises shortlisted for SEUK Awards 2014

Social Enterprise UK has announced the shortlist for all eleven categories of the 16th annual Social Enterprise Awards.

We are delighted that the shortlist includes arc and five of our social enterprises – Belu Water, Buzzbnk, Divine Chocolate, House of St Barnabas and Two Fingers Brewing, across six categories.

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‘Buy Social’ - Market Builder Award These social enterprises, public sector bodies and private sector organisations have demonstrably made efforts within its own organisation and remit to create more opportunities to buy from social enterprises.

Consumer Facing Social Enterprise These social enterprises produce or deliver a retail product or service and have strong brand recognition in the market place.

Social Enterprise of the Year A social enterprise that not only operates as a successful business with a social impact but that has also demonstrated and promoted social enterprise beyond the sector.

One to Watch Award A social enterprise that has been operating less than two years with the potential for great social impact which can be articulated in their future vision.

Social Enterprise Women’s Champion This award recognises women working in the senior leadership team of a social enterprise who not only represent excellence in their field of work but also inspire and empower other women to achieve.

Environmental Social Enterprise of the Year These social enterprises are pioneering in their environmental impact.

View the full list on the SEUK website.

The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on Wednesday 26 November. Stay up to date with developments on Twitter #socentawards

SE100 announces two new awards for social enterprises

Now in its 5th year, the RBS SE100 Index, the leading market intelligence tool for social ventures, has announced two new awards for 2014, and a total of over £30k of prize money to be won by social ventures in the UK at the annual awards event in November.

The two new awards are the storyteller award, designed to encourage social enterprises to share their tales of social transformation, and the Resilience award, for organisations that have consistently worked for social change over a number of years. Other categories include: Sustainable growth champion, Social impact champion and Trailblazing newcomer.

The awards are open to all social ventures that have entered or updated their financial information on the SE100 platform. Members are automatically entered into the awards with a chance to win a share of over £30,000 in prize funds, visit www.se100.net for further details of how to take part, and see how arc social enterprises have topped the charts.

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Map showing the distribution of social ventures across the UK.

The deadline for nominations for the Resilience and Storyteller Awards is 31st August 2014. Organisations must sign up to the Index and complete their profile by 30th September to be eligible for the 2014 Annual Awards.

See the film about last year’s awards here

Why should social enterprises take part?

The RBS SE100 Index is a listing of social ventures, ranked and scored according to their growth and social impact, designed to allow social ventures to benchmark their organisation against others in their sector or region, as well as helping commissioners and policymakers as they seek to build knowledge and understanding of the landscape of the social economy in the UK. For enterprising charities, CICs, social enterprises, co-ops, housing associations, and other organisations taking enterprising approaches to social change, the RBS SE100 represents a significant opportunity to showcase their individual success and to help quantify and demonstrate the strength of the social venture sector.

Save the date

The awards ceremony will take place on the evening of the 24th November at Good Deals, the UK’s leading Social Investment conference. All shortlisted organisations will be invited to attend this free event to celebrate the success of the sector. For SE100 members wishing to attend the full conference, limited half-price tickets are available via http://www.good-dealsuk.com

Negotiate your way to success training

Learn the rules and techniques of successful negotiators by attending this high intensity compressed programme, delivered by arc training provider Red Ochre

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Objectives:

  • Define negotiating and suggest when to use it
  • Provide insights into the psychology of negotiating
  • Provide the basic rules and strategies, including practical dos and dont’s
  • Provide an opportunity for you to practice the skills in a safe environment

Date and time: Monday 18 September, 09.30-16.30

Venue: Freshfields, 28 Tudor Street, London EC4Y 0BQ

Cost and online registration: arc social enterprises can register to attend for a subsidised fee of just £30 per person (limited to one place per social enterprise).

The course will open to non-arc members approx. 04 September, subject to availability. Check back here or check Twitter for updates.

Stay hydrated on the London Underground this summer with GiveMeTap

It’s hot outside, and even hotter on the underground! We all know the key to staying cool is staying hydrated, and there’s no better way than with a reusable water bottle from arc social enterprise GiveMe Tap. Save 10% on your bottle now, and play spot the advert with GiveMe Tap’s first advertising campaign, with 100+ adverts at over 60 London Underground stations. 

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Not only are their bottles stylish, environmentally friendly and reusable, GiveMeTap water bottle holders gain access to free drinking water from a  large network of bars, restaurants and cafes across the UK. Find out more about where the taps are located and the tap map app. Furthermore, profits from water bottle sales are donated to essential water projects – building water boreholes/pumps that change lives and communities with clean, safe drinking water.

Join thousands of people staying hydrated on the go & saving lives, and buy social with GiveMeTap.

Station listings:

Angel, Baker Street, Bank, Barbican, Bond Street, Brixton, Charing Cross, Clapham South, Cutty Sark, Greenwich (DLR), Embankment, Euston, Euston Square, Great Portland Street, Green Park, Holborn, Hyde Park Corner, Kings Cross St Pancras, Knightsbridge, Liverpool Street, London Bridge, Manor House, Mansion House, Marble Arch, Marylebone, Moorgate, Mornington Crescent, Notting Hill Gate, Old Street, Paddington, Pimlico, Seven Sisters, Sloane Square, St Pauls, Stockwell, Tower Hill, Victoria, Warren Street, Waterloo, Westminster.

arc social enterprises top growth and social impact charts

The RBS SE100 Index puts facts and figures behind 1200 + social enterprises across the UK, charting and celebrating social enterprise growth, size and impact. This year the index is peppered with arc social enterprises topping the charts across both social impact and business growth.

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At arc our priority is supporting social enterprises to growso we are delighted to share the below examples of success from eleven arc social enterprises. 

But let’s not lose the momentum – use your purchasing power to buy social at every opportunity to help the sector grow even stronger. For tips on where and how to buy see our map of social enterprises and SEUK’s buy social directory.

 Fastest growing social enterprises across the UK

Bounce Back - Ninth fastest growing social enterprise in the UK – Employment and training

Petit Miracles Interiors - Top growth across the UK - Retail (including fair trade)

Poached Creative - Third fastest growing social enterprise in the UK – Marketing and Communications

K10 - Tenth fastest growing social enterprise in the UK – Employment and training

Fastest growing social enterprises in London – all sectors

Petit Miracles Interiors - Fourth fastest growing social enterprise in London

Bounce Back - Sixth fastest growing social enterprise in London

K10 - Seventh fastest growing social enterprise in London

Fastest growing social enterprises in London – sector specific

Belu Water - Fourth fastest growing social enterprise in London – Environment and recycling

Bounce Back - Fastest growing social enterprise in London – Education and training

Building Lives - Fourth fastest growing social enterprise in London – Education and training

Calverts - Sixth fastest growing social enterprise in London – Marketing and Communications

Circle Sports - Sixth fastest growing social enterprise in London – Education and training

Connection Crew - Eighth fastest growing social enterprise in London – Education and training

House of St Barnabas - Ninth fastest growing social enterprise in London – Education and training

Manor House Development Trust - Second fastest growing social enterprise in London - Regeneration and community development

Petit Miracles Interiors - Fastest growing social enterprise in London – Retail (including fair trade)

Poached Creative - Fastest growing social enterprise in London – Marketing and Communications

K10 - Second fastest growing social enterprise in London – Employment and training

Social Impact

Belu Water - 10/10 Social impact measurement score – top 10 across the UK

Manor House Development Trust - 9/10 Social impact measurement score

K10 - 10/10 Social impact measurement score – top 10 across the UK

 

 

Sun, news and foozeball….

What a great turnout at the arc summer social, filled with summer holiday tips and friendly faces. Once again Impact Hub Westminster hosted a fantastic event, providing over 30 business volunteers, social enterprises and Impact Hub Westminster members with delicious craft beers and wines, a snack selection to die for AND a foozeball table thrown in for fun.

Whether you missed it or not, read on for the latest updates from arc social enterprises, including some top tips for things to do, buy and see these summer holidays…

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Flame grilled sunset over London by IanVisits

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Cockpit Arts – Have opened their annual Cockpit Arts / NADFAS Award 2014; craftspeople are invited to apply by 29 August to win an incredible support package at their studios.

Ragged School Museum – Are offering lots of fun, free family activities over the summer holidays, every Weds & Thurs from 30th July to 28th August. From arts and crafts, to puzzles, games and trails for children aged 0-11.

Jaunty Flaneur – Now have a permanent shoeshining spot at St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel with a convenient drop off and collect service. Check out their #jauntyfootforward competition for a chance to win a pedicure in the Spa, deluxe shoe shine (while enjoying a glass of champagne) & travel shoe care kit.

Circle Sports – Are getting ready for their ad campaign across London for 2 weeks from 11 August. Get ready to play spot the advert – more info coming soon.

MyKindaCrowd - Two new staff members have joined their Campaigns team, which will enable them to run even more successful business challenges that connect young people (whatever their background) with work experiences across the UK.

Impact Hub Westminster – Are hoping to win the RSA/Northbank Good Business Challenge, with theirpitch to run the London Good Business Conference. Show your support – vote now!

Eco-Friendships – Offer sustainable funding streams with their free of charge clothing/shoe recycling banks. Textile bank host organisations  gain the profits from item sales and divert waste from landfill - get yours now.

CLARITY – Sell handy Aloe Vera Travel Packs; four mini bottles of essential toiletries in 60ml bottles – perfect for hand luggage. Visit the website to buy online.

Handmade Alliance – Have teamed up with the designers behind Dandy Star to manufacture and sell these eye-catching Shooting Star Canvas Bags – great for summer days out.

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Contact the Impact Hub Westminster to find out more about their event services - available for groups of six to 120 people; with state of the art Audio Visual Technology; organic, fair-trade and locally sourced catering, and the spaces are available 7 days a week, overnight and at short notice.

The next arc social will be held in early October.

Top tips from BP, Deloitte, Freshfields & Visa Europe to help develop successful social media strategies

This July we hosted our second masterclass, connecting senior business experts with representatives from 18 arc social enterprises to guide and advise them on key topics relating to social media. Read on for a teaser tip from each panelist and which social enterprises were lucky enough to attend….

It was really informative and I realise how lucky we were to have such great experts willing to give up their time for us. There was such a wealth of information that is really going to help us launch our Social Media strategy.”

Kim Hulse, Eco-Friendships

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The Masterclass was structured around four main themes with a specific theme assigned to a panel member. Small groups of delegates met each expert through a series of rotating and interactive round tables discussions, learning tips such as:

  • Ben Jefferies, Director of Social Media, BP 

Developing a social media strategy

Teaser tip: The strongest content is timely (“related to real-time news”), resonant (“what the audience wants to hear”) whilst also being relevant (“to do with the company”).

  • Marcus Butler, Social Media Manager, Deloitte

Platform selection/usage

Teaser tip: The most shared facebook posts are just one sentence and one image – images are key! Use Facebook to generate dialogue with your customers – but time it carefully and don’t forget about weekends!

  • Sarah Cook, Social Media Manager, Freshfields

Content Strategy

Teaser tip: Don’t be afraid to re-post content; as long as it’s relevant and interesting, re-posting can widen your audience reach and lengthen your content lifespan.

  • Andy Donaldson, Senior Digital Comms Manager, Visa Europe

Attracting and retaining the right audience

Teaser tip: Use your twitter profile to outline the typical content of your feed, rather than what your organisation does. This will help you attract and retain the right audience – assuming your content matches what they want!

“The event was pitched at exactly the right level for K10. I didn’t feel like I was covering ground already trodden, but have learned about strategy and tools we can literally start actioning today to support our existing social media activity. Very useful! Thanks again!”

Lise Evans, Communications, K10

It also provided a great opportunity for arc social enterprises to network with each other, with the session attended by Divine Chocolate, Circle Sports, Poached Creative, Bikeworks, Creative Process, Gasworks Docks, Healthy Planet, Insane Logic, Triforce Recruitment, Crisis Skylight Café, bMoneywize, K10, Impact Hub Westminster, Evolve Careers UK, Eco-Friendships, Staying First AND Stickyboard

To stay up to date with arc social enterprises on Twitter check out our public list – www.twitter.com/BITC_arc/lists/arc-social-enterprises

To find out more about the arc Masterclass series read about our Marketing Masterclass from September 2013. 

K10 and Handmade Alliance ‘Big Tick’ success

At the BITC Awards 2014 two arc social enterprises took the spotlight, receiving the distinguished ‘Big Tick’ recognition as runners-up in the Santander Responsible Small Business of the Year Award.

This award recognises smaller businesses that are integrating their thinking on the most critical sustainability issues into the core of their business. The judges consider their marketplace, environment, community and workplace activities, and how these are transforming both their business and the communities they work in.

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K10’s construction apprenticeship scheme was praised for tackling unemployment with training and jobs for disadvantaged groups; enhancing and growing essential partnerships; and helping developers meet legal and CSR objectives.

“K10 are delighted to have been recognised by Business in the Community with a Big Tick. The BITC awards are so respected and well recognised that we see it as a huge milestone in the development of our company, alongside the impressive support we have been provided by BITC through the arc programme. The application process itself was also very useful in terms of understanding the positive impact we have. I would encourage any company passionate about having a positive impact in society to enter the awards“

Tom Storey, Director, K10

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Handmade Alliance were recognized for creating training and employment opportunities for ex-prisoners that promote reintegration and reduce reoffending; creating an ethical trading brand that supports British design and manufacture; and impressive partnership working that supports their social, environmental and business activities as well as saves money.

"We’ve been overwhelmed with messages of congratulations from our ‘allies’ in the design, criminal justice and education fields. It’s a major achievement to be recognised by the business community as a Responsible Small Business, and to reach the shortlist was amazing for a two-year old non-profit social enterprise. So we are very proud and happy."

Mairi Duthie, Founder & CEO, Handmade Alliance

To find out more about the BITC Awards 2014 visit www.bitc.org.uk/awards  / #BITCawards

To find out more about K10 visit www.k-10.co.uk@K10socialimpact

To find out more about Handmade Alliance visit www.handmadealliance.org / @HandmadeAlly