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Over the years Social Firms Wales has worked with many organisations from small start up’s to local authorities and has gained vast experience in all aspects of Social Firm Development. Whilst Social Firms Wales provides a consultancy service tailored to individual Social Firm needs, the useful links and documents below provides general information, guidance and examples to assist you with setting up a Social Firm.

Whether you are an emerging or fully established Social Firm, Social Firms Wales is able to support your organisation on the ground, providing practical face-to-face support, strategic oversight and commercial advice. Our advisors have industry experience that covers entrepreneurship and leadership, governance, operations, business development and sales, marketing, personnel, product development, finance, and risk management.

If you are developing a Social Firm and would like support, advice and guidance please contact us

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Useful Links

ACAS -  Providing FREE information, advice, training, conciliation and other services for employers and employees to help prevent or resolve workplace problems. 

Big Lottery Fund - Funding for community groups and projects that improve health, education and the environment

British Association of Supported Employment - A membership organisation for supported employment agencies and supported businesses in the UK, giving a wide range of information and services in supported employment. 

Business Balls Businessballs is a free ethical learning and development resource for people and organisations.

Business Crime Wales  - A partnership of organisations and agencies working together to help Welsh businesses protect themselves from crime by providing them with the information, knowledge and tools to stay safe from crime and minimise the impacts of crime.

Business In Focus Business in Focus’ mission is to help new business start ups and established businesses to succeed through providing an extensive range of expert and practical business support services.

Business Rate Relief Scheme - For businesses based within the Welsh Enterprise Zones which allows small and medium sized businesses to apply for funding to help offset their Business Rates incurred during 2015/2016. The closing date is 30th September.

Business Wales - Provide business support to people starting, running and growing a business. 

Community Facilities Programme - A capital grant scheme which is open to community and voluntary sector organisations including social enterprises. The focus of the programme is on increasing opportunity and tackling poverty. 

Community Development Finance Institution - Provide simple, affordable loans.  CDFI’s lend to people, businesses and social enterprises. They provide finance that is fair and also offer support and advice.

Cranfield Trust - Free HR advice

Data Protection Self Assessment Toolkit - Produced by the Information Commission Office

Energy Action Group Providing Development Trusts, Social Enterprises and the Third Sector with reduced Utility Bills, energy advice and access to energy efficient technologies.

eTender Wales - This site enables you to respond to online tendering opportunities.

eTrading Wales - Free of charge service which enables buyers and suppliers to interact electronically for the supply and payment of goods and services.

 

Useful Links Continued

Expertise Wales Giving you access to a range of support and funding to assist with the creation and development of new products, services and processes.

HMRC - Provides not only help and guidance on all things related to TAX but also training for employers via live and pre-recorded webinars, e-learning, emails and videos

HSE, Health and Safey Exectutive - Information for employers on what they must do to make sure their businesses comply with health and safety law.

ICO, Information Commissioners Office The UK’s independent authority set up to uphold information rights in the public interest, promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals.

Intellectual Property - Recognise business assets that can be protected by IP rights i.e. patents trade marks, designs and copyright. Webinars - IP made easy

IT Security Guide - Produced by the ICO (see above) this gives advice on how to keep IT systems safe and secure

Jobs Growth Wales - JGW will support the creation of 8,955 new job opportunities for 16-24 year olds over the next 3 years.

Law Wales The content of the site is intended to provide readers with an overview of Wales’ constitutional arrangements and law made in Wales

Law Works - The Not-for-Profits Programme brokers legal advice to small not-for-profit organisations on a wide range of legal issues

National Procurement Service - The NPS for Wales, hosted by the Welsh Government, has been established to work on behalf of the wider public sector across Wales. It engages collaboratively with public sector member organisations in seeking to find the best available deals in common and repetitive spend.

Productivity Tool - An ACAS tool to help get the best out of staff and managers

Resource Efficiency Self Assessment Tool - Produced by WRAP

Sell2Wales - A free to use public sector procurement portal for Welsh suppliers and buyers.

Social Firms Europe - Social Firms Europe CEFEC is the only network of Social Firms across Europe.

Social Firms Scotland - Our purpose is to grow the Social Firm sector in Scotland in order to increase employment opportunities for severely disadvantaged people.

Social Enterprise UK - The national body for social enterprise  to help grow the social enterprise movement.

 

 

 

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