UK beer that fights prostate cancer launches Smallest Pub in the World.

arc social enterprise Two Fingers Brewing Co. have launched a crowd funding campaign to create the Smallest Pub in the World.

The mobile pub (inside a Piaggio Ape) will travel around the country selling their award-winning beer, Aurelio - the only beer in the world that gives back to the men that drink it, by donating all profits to Prostate Cancer UK.

Two Fingers Brewing Co. was established in January 2014 after its founders decided to combine their love of craft beer with their marketing and advertising expertise to create a beer brand that tastes great and is great for men.

Aurelio, a fine 4.8% golden ale, is brewed and bottled at cost by award-winning craft brewers Hepworth & Co.  It is available to buy at Tesco, Morrisons and Ocado and is stocked at some of London’s finest pubs, bars and restaurants.

The Kickstarter pledges reward contributors with stylish items such as glasses, bar towels and bottle openers, as well as tickets to an exclusive launch party and the chance for funders’ names to be immortalised on the van itself.

The £42k pledge amount covers the purchase and running costs for the mobile pub’s first year, as well as all of the kit and collateral to fit the pub inside.

Stephen Cross, Co. Founder, Two Fingers Brewing Co., said: “It was a dream to have our own beer, and now we are ticking off number two, to have our own pub. Creating this mobile bar means we can go to festivals, events, markets and parties to spread the word and sell even more, after all, the more we sell the more we can donate”.

Mark Bishop, Director of Fundraising, at Prostate Cancer UK, said: “By launching the Smallest Pub in the World Two Fingers Brewing Co. are taking Aurelio to the next milestone in its journey to support Prostate Cancer UK. We need to be where men are and go where they go, and that’s exactly what is happening here. Thanks for your continued support guys!”

Emmaus launches shop and café in Poplar

arc social enterprise Emmaus have opened their new large shop and cafe at Chrisp Street Market, Poplar, welcoming hordes of shoppers to the launch event last week. The shop stocks second-hand items such as books, household goods and clothes, alongside larger pieces such as upcycled and new furniture and homeware ranges.

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An apprenticeship scheme at the shop will teach retail, customer service and upcycling skills to enhance donated items of furniture and clothing and create attractive unique pieces. Upcycling sessions for groups will be offered in the tailor-made basement area, with taster sessions taking place at the shop opening event.  

Ian Darby, who works for a social landlords firm based nearby, said: “It was an amazing buzz outside, like people were queuing for Harrods or something. I’ve been volunteering here for the last week, but I work locally and can’t wait to come and sit down and just relax with a book and coffee. There’s nothing like this shop in the area.”

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Mark O’ Brien, project director, said: “Sometimes the furniture we are donated is a little battered or has seen better days. On Friday a team of local people stripped down some tables that we’d been given and then decorated them in various ways to make them beautiful and original pieces. We intend to hold regular workshops, engaging all members of the community who’d like to learn new skills, meet new people, and exercise their creativity.”

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Alongside shopping and upcycling demonstrations, visitors enjoyed pedal-powered coffees served by We walk the line, a social enterprise that helps people struggling to find work into self-employment.

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The shop already boasts a strong team of volunteers, keen to express their support for the project. Zubeda Yeasmin, 24, explained: “The Job Centre is referring people like me, who have been unemployed for a long time. I never really considered retail before because I am not that sure about the world of commerce. But this feels different, we’re already like a family, it’s been very reassuring. I also have ideas for how I’d like to develop certain areas of the shop, including adding a maternity clothes section.”

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The shop is just the first in a series of social enterprises planned by Emmaus in East London.

Visit the shop at 175 East India Dock Rd, Poplar, E14 0EA.

Nearest station:  All Saints (DLR)

To find out more about Emmaus East London, just contact Mark on 07903 331 382 or shop manager, Stephanie Gillespie, on 020 7538 1132

Want to grow your social enterprise? Apply to arc by 24/10

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Talk to arc - now open for applications!  

You choose your own package from a support menu, including:   

•    Expert business leaders for advice and project delivery  

•    Profiling and new business opportunities and  

•    Subsidised social impact consultancy, training and premises

 

Who is it for?  

Ambitious social enterprises in London that want to grow their business. 

 

Why should I?

Business in the Community’s arc programme is a business-led collaboration, supported by Founding Partners BP and Visa Europe, together with Exterion Media, Freshfields and Schawk. Our strategic partner is Social Enterprise UK.

 

With the support of these businesses, arc helps you build your own unique support package, combining elements including:

 1. Expert business leaders for advice and project delivery

e.g. arc Founding Partner BP supported Blue Sky by developing an employee database system for them to analyse and present data for marketing and business development. Blue Sky now have new contracts with councils in London.

“Since 2011 our commercial contracts have increased by over 300%. Having a top-class database to track all our employees, social impact data and to be able to produce tailor-made reports is an essential part of our ability to win this new business and create jobs for unemployed ex-offenders.”

Steve Finn, Director, Blue Sky

 

2.  Profiling and new business opportunities

e.g. Rubies in the Rubble were profiled in a 3 month poster advertising
campaign
across the TFL network, raising brand awareness with millions of people.

"The poster campaign is a dream come true for Rubies in the Rubble. We had just started spreading into retail outlets across London and with 57 posters the campaign has raised our profile and sales significantly. This opportunity is more than a company our size could ever have hoped for!"

Jenny Dawson, Director, Rubies in the Rubble

 

3. Subsidised social impact consultancy, training and premises

e.g. Humanutopia staff have attended numerous low-cost courses
by arc training partners
.

“The affordable training provided through arc has allowed staff across Humanutopia to benefit from high levels of expertise, and has had a tangible impact on our financial and operational systems. As a result of attending a variety of training courses we have seen sales grow with improved quality assurance, programme delivery, marketing and course outcomes for our customers and beneficiaries.”

Carlo Missirian, Director, Humanutopia.

 

How can I apply?

You can register your interest online or call 020 7148 6735. The application deadline is Friday 24th October 2014

Save 25% on tickets to Good Deals social investment conference

Good Deals; the UK’s leading social investment conference, takes place on 24 & 25 November.The two day event is for social entrepreneurs and civil society leaders seeking new sources of capital, ways of working and inspiration to improve impact and create sustainability.

The programme is packed with interactive workshops and events covering essential topics with high-profile speakers from the social investment space. See the full programme for both days here.

arc is offering our member social enterprises a 25% discount off passes for the two-day event; available on both early bird tickets (until 30 September) and standard tickets. To claim your discount code contact Mike Freeman, arc programme manager.

Find out more about Good Deals via  www.good-dealsuk.com  or phone 020 8533 8890.

Student@Home and Petite Miracles Interiors stars of West London stations

Two arc social enterprises Student@Home and Petite Miracle Interiors have new posters in prime positions at South Kensington and Holland Park underground stations.

The posters will be up for approx. 6 weeks, with individual designs that showcase Petit Miracle Interior’s upcycled furniture range and Student @ Home’s tech and computer services:

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Petit Miracle Interiors change spaces and change lives through interior design, with upcycled furniture sales and training courses. Check out their twitter feed for more information including details of their ever-changing product range and interior design tips.

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Student@Home employ IT students to solve computer problems and improve technology skills, for customers at home or at work. Check out their twitter feed for more information including lots of helpful tech-related tips and how to book their 24/7 low-cost services.

Are you Impact Investment Ready?

Impact Hub Westminster’s new Impact Investment Readiness Programme will accelerate investment into over 50 social and environmental businesses based in London.

Ambitious social entrepreneurs that are seeking to raise between £25k and £1m in the next 12 months are invited to apply today to join the October programme.

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The free programme offers two days of expert-led workshops and peer-to-peer learning. Apply online to secure your place and access:

  • In-depth workshops on impact measurement, pitch training and business planning
  • Up to date talks on the current social investment landscape and opportunities
  • Peer lessons from social entrepreneurs that have successfully raised capital

The application deadline for the October programme is 12pm next Wednesday 01st October. It will be repeated in November, December and January.

Find out more including the programme schedule by visiting their website.

Impact Hub Westminster is a social enterprise on the arc programme. It is part of a global network of locally-owned collaborative working spaces, offering events and resources to incubate the growth and sustainable positive impact of members, through collaboration and support.

Want to grow your business and your impact? Apply to join arc

The arc programme is open for new social enterprises to join - apply today!

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Social enterprises choose their own package from a FREE support menu, including:

• Expert business leaders for advice and project delivery

Profiling and new business opportunities 

• Subsidised social impact consultancytraining and premises

Who is it for?

Ambitious social enterprises that want to grow their business.

How to apply:

Register your interest online or call on 020 7148 6735. A dedicated staff member will get back to you with an application form for you to submit by Friday 24 October 2014.

Want more information?

arc is supported by our Corporate Partners, led by Founding Partners BP and Visa Europe, together with Exterion Media, Freshfields and Schawk. Find out more about arc.

arc is an initiative of Business in the Community, a unique business movement committed to transforming business and transforming communities. Find out more www.bitc.org.uk

Any other questions?

Call Mike Freeman, arc Programme Manager, 07803 027 989

 Or get in touch via Twitter - @BITC_arc  - #joinarc

Education technology specialist Insane Logic receives €1 million investment

Insane Logic, the education technology specialist social enterprise, has received a €1 million investment from Ananda Ventures. These funds will be channelled into their MyChoicePad software and tools, which help children and adults with learning difficulties communicate more effectively with their carers, family and friends.

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—MyChoicePad Pro for iOS and Android includes over 4000 symbols.—

The pan-European Ananda Ventures backs enterprises that provide innovative and important solutions for urgent social challenges. Insane Logic is its first UK education technology investment.

With MyChoicePad, Insane Logic is seeking to help solve a significant UK and global problem. In the UK alone 2.2 million people need speech, language or communication support. MyChoicePad’s application is already used by more than 50,000 individual parents and carers to help improve communication with the children and adults they care for.

Recent pilots of MyChoicePad in conjunction with education and disability service providers have shown:

-          MyChoicePad has led to improvement of up to a third in children’s vocabulary

-          MyChoicePad has led to an improvement of 48-68% in the vocabulary of adults with learning difficulties

Zoe Peden, the co-founder and chief executive of Insane Logic said: “This major investment means Insane Logic can now help many hundreds of thousands more children and adults improve their communication and quality of life every day. We are so proud that our MyChoicePad products are making such an important difference to people with learning difficulties, educational establishments, disability organisations, carers and parents.”

MyChoicePad Pro is available to download for iOS and Android. Find out more or download directly by visiting their website.

Get creative or green fingered this Saturday 20 September

Do It Yourself Upholstery Workshop – with Petit Miracles Interiors

In a fun and creative atmosphere you can learn how to upholster a traditional “drop-in” seat, turning a drab chair into a fab chair, including:

  • Web a frame
  • Attach hessian and bridle ties
  • inserting appropriate fibre
  • Attaching calico, wadding and fibre

When: 11 am – 5pm (all day workshop)

Where: Petit Miracles Shop, First floor, West12 Shopping Centre, Shepherd’s Bush Green
London, W12 8PP


Find out more and book online.

Plant sale- site tour – Good eats – with Cultivate London

Cultivate London are opening their site at Commerce Road to the public for an afternoon of activities, including site tours, gardening demonstrations, and a plant sale with great deals on autumn and winter veg.

When: 11am – 3pm.

Where: Commerce Road, Brentford, TW8 8LR – across from the Brentford Lock West Marketing Suite.

Find out more.