National Social Enterprise Day - Cornwall 2009


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Cornwall Council Press Release 26th November 2009

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National Social Enterprise Day - Cornwall 2009

  1. 1. Cornwall Council tastes success at National Social Enterprise Day 26 November 2009 Press Release text Cornwall Council celebrated National Social Enterprise Day as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week by showcasing six new businesses being developed as a result of its Cornwall Works for Social Enterprise Programme. For the past eighteen months the Council has worked in partnership with seven leading social enterprise organisations, Citizens Advice Bureau, DMT Business Services, Eden Project, Fifteen Cornwall, Pentreath, Real Ideas Organisation, ReZolve and the School for Social Entrepreneurs to assist over 140 people back into employment. Social enterprises are dynamic businesses delivering lasting social and environmental change. Unlike traditional business models, they reinvest a percentage of their profit back into the business or into community projects. With The Eden Project and Fifteen enjoying global recognition as highly acclaimed social enterprises, Cornwall now boasts hundreds more social enterprises right across the county and almost 70 Community Interest Companies have been registered. The £4.2m European Social Fund investment through Convergence by the
  2. 2. Department of Work and Pensions will enable the Council to assist over 1500 people currently out of work aiming to get more than 1 in 3 back into a job by June 2011. Over 50 business leaders from the private, public and voluntary sector came together at the Breakfast Briefing held at County Hall to hear from Tom Flanagan, Corporate Director for Environment Planning and Economy, Carleen Kelemen, Director, Convergence Office, Sarah Griffiths, Deputy District Manager, Jobcentre Plus and Justin Olosundé, Board Member, RISE-SW. Tom Flanagan said: “In the current economic climate we need entrepreneurs and enterprising people now more than ever - fresh thinkers who spot opportunities, apply their talents and overcome obstacles to make their ideas happen. “Enterprising people are vital to business growth, to the delivery of public and third sector services and to the regeneration of communities. By building our confidence and skills, we’ll be better equipped to turn our ideas into reality, create wealth and achieve social impact.” The stars of the event, organised by Cornwall Development Company, were Lois Wild, social entrepreneur with the Good News Company; Jane Opie, founder of Smart Savings Community Interest Company; Tanya Jeskins, hair stylist; innovator Jane Yeoman, creator of Zoop; aromatherapist and reflexologist Niki Welch, Niki Welch Skin Care; and photographer Karen Tunstall, The Old Rope Factory who showcased their business products throughout the morning in the County Hall Long Gallery. Carleen Kelemen, Director of the Convergence Partnership Office said: “Unleashing entrepreneurial talent is important in making the most of our economy. Today we celebrate those individuals who have stepped up to the mark and started their own enterprises.” Carolyn Rule, Cornwall Council cabinet member for the Economy and Regeneration, said: “It’s great to see entrepreneurs in Cornwall working hard to
  3. 3. buck the economic trend and we will do everything we can to support them. By working together with our partners we hope to see more jobs created in the future.” Cornwall Council is committed to continuing its support for people out of work, as a result of recent redundancy, ill health, disability or other personal circumstances. The Council’s partnership with Jobcentre Plus through the Cornwall Works initiative is delivering positive results as demonstrated by the new businesses and the many others who have secured employment. Anyone interested in joining the Cornwall Works for Social Enterprise programme can get more information by visiting the website or calling Jobcentre Plus 01872 355015 Ends Note to editors Photo Caption - Taste of Success The image accompanying this press release show (Right to Left) Carleen Kelemen, Convergence Office; Tom Flanagan, Cornwall Council; Bob Northey, Cornwall Development Company; Lois Wild, The Good News Company; Justin Olosundé, RISE-SW; and Sarah Griffiths, Jobcentre Plus. For further information, please contact: a) Cornwall Works for Social Enterprise: Contact: Bob Northey Business Support Coordinator Cornwall Enterprise Tel: 01209 611105
  4. 4. Email: b) European Social Fund Contact: Carolyn Webster (Job Centre Plus) Regional ESF Manager for Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly Tel: 01872 355021 Email: c) Convergence Partnership Office for Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly Contact: Kath Knight Office Manager T 01872 241379 F 01872 241388 Email: European Social Fund investments 2007 - 2013 In Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly £120 million of European Social Fund will be invested in two key priorities; tackling barriers to employment and improving the skills of the local workforce especially for people at a disadvantage in the labour market by: • transforming the lives of people across Cornwall and Scilly through better skills and better job prospects; • adding value to EU and national strategies to tackle worklessness and low skills and promote social inclusion - by investing in additional employment and training opportunities for disadvantaged people; • contributing to policies to increase employment by helping more unemployed and economically inactive people to develop their skills and enter sustainable jobs, particularly those at a disadvantage in the labour market; • contributing to policies to develop a skilled and adaptable workforce, especially by increasing the numbers gaining basic skills, level 2 and 3 qualifications and, in Cornwall and Scilly, level 4 and 5 qualifications; • addressing distinctive regional, sub-regional and local labour market needs including tackling concentrations of worklessness and sectoral skills gaps; and • mainstreaming equal opportunities and sustainable development at all stages in the delivery of the programme. Contact details
  5. 5. Miles Davis Communications Officer Chief Executive's Department Cornwall Council Tel: 01872 324423 Mobile: 07528 983416 New County Hall, Truro TR1 3AY Cornwall Council County Hall, Truro TR1 3AY Media news releases at: Please let us know if you need any particular assistance from us, such as facilities to help with mobility, vision or hearing, or information in a different format. Please consider the environment. Do you really need to print this email? Bob Northey Business Support Coordinator Cornwall Works for Social Enterprise Office: 01209 611105 Mobile: 07968515554 Email: Website: Mail: Partnership and Fund Services Cornwall Development Company Station Road Pool, Redruth TR15 3QG Registered office: Pydar House, Pydar Street, Truro, TR1 1EA Registered in England and Wales: 3668828 Please let us know if you require any particular assistance from us, such as facilities to help with mobility, vision, or hearing, or information in a different format. Please consider the environment. Do you really need to print this email?