ICT Social Enterprises

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Presentation given in workshop at Rural ICT conference, 5th March 2008 at Lackham College, Wiltshire.

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  • ICT Social Enterprises

    1. 1. COSMIC and Electroville Julie Harris and Colin Harrison Introduction to ICT Social Enterprises
    2. 2. <ul><li>“ Social enterprises are profit-making businesses set up to tackle a social or environmental need. ” </li></ul><ul><li>Social Enterprise Coalition </li></ul>What is a Social Enterprise? ‘ Social enterprises are businesses with primarily social objectives whose surpluses are principally reinvested for that purpose in the business or in the community, rather than being driven by the need to maximise profit for shareholders and owners.' DTI : Social Enterprise: a strategy for success 2001
    3. 3. Background <ul><li>Who do they benefit? </li></ul><ul><li>Communities – local, regional, national, international, COI, online, specialist. e.g. rural communities and the VCOs working in them </li></ul><ul><li>People – staff and volunteers, clients, organisations, wider society, economy </li></ul><ul><li>Environment – working on triple-bottom-line : financial, social and environmental benefits </li></ul>
    4. 4. <ul><li>Social Enterprise Examples </li></ul><ul><li>COSMIC, Electroville, I-Trust, SCIP (all delivering ICT services to Third Sector clients) </li></ul><ul><li>Jamie Oliver's restaurant - Fifteen </li></ul><ul><li>The Big Issue </li></ul><ul><li>Eden Project </li></ul><ul><li>Co-operative – bank, shops, etc </li></ul><ul><li>Cafedirect </li></ul><ul><li>Divine Chocolate </li></ul>
    5. 5. <ul><li>Setting up as a Social Enterprise </li></ul><ul><li>Mission </li></ul><ul><li>Values </li></ul><ul><li>Social Objectives </li></ul><ul><li>Social Accounts </li></ul><ul><li>Legal Structure – Ltd Co., Charity, CIC, Co-op, Trust, Community Business </li></ul>
    6. 6. <ul><li>Why ICT Social Enterprise for Rural VCOs – </li></ul><ul><li>Ability to work with VCOs in addressing rural barriers – access to services, communications, promotion, collaboration (online) </li></ul><ul><li>Smaller organisations are catered for that would not otherwise be </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration within rural communities – e.g. village halls + VCOs + parish councils – all with social purposes </li></ul><ul><li>ICT services are better delivered by independent specialist second tier organisations – understanding the needs of VCOs in rural areas – able to ‘go the extra mile’ to be with them </li></ul><ul><li>There is room for social enterprises to form partnerships with private sector providers – leverage for additional support and subsidies to organisations – sponsorship, volunteering, promotion. </li></ul>
    7. 7. Background <ul><li>COSMIC as a Social Enterprise </li></ul><ul><li>Strong sense of ethos and values </li></ul><ul><li>Social objectives, including – To provide training and employment to young people in the local area To help local organisations, businesses and individuals make the most of ICT </li></ul>
    8. 8. Contact Details <ul><li>COSMIC – www.cosmic.org.uk </li></ul><ul><li>Julie Harris </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Electroville – www.electroville.org.uk </li></ul><ul><li>Colin Harrison </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>www.swict.wordpress.com </li></ul><ul><li>www.yhictchampion.wordpress.com </li></ul><ul><li>Social Enterprise Ambassadors </li></ul><ul><li>www.socialenterpriseambassadors.org </li></ul>

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