Opportunity knocks soc ent day 171111


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Opportunity knocks soc ent day 171111

  1. 1. Opportunity Knocks! Thursday 17 November 2011                                 
  2. 2. Joan Henderson Tonnta CIC
  3. 3. Tonnta Community Interest Company Unltd level 2 winner June 2011
  4. 4. The Project <ul><li>My Story </li></ul><ul><li>1.       Your motivation behind setting up your project </li></ul><ul><li>2.       Specific problem / issue you are trying to address </li></ul><ul><li>3.       What your project does  and what you are trying to achieve </li></ul><ul><li>4.       Valuable lessons learned you would like to pass onto award winners from setting up and running your project </li></ul><ul><li>5.       Highlight the growth and future plans </li></ul>
  5. 5. Motivation for Sólás & Tonnta <ul><li>Supporting Children with Additional Needs </li></ul><ul><li>Own family Experience </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteering in Local School </li></ul><ul><li>Focus Groups and feedback from teachers </li></ul><ul><li>Other like minded people felt the same way </li></ul>
  6. 6. Specific problem! <ul><li>20% of all children in main stream primary education in NI have an additional need (J.Hunter, 2008) </li></ul><ul><li>4 out of every 5 of these children not getting the support they need to achieve. ( School Census Figs 2009) </li></ul><ul><li>National Literacy Trust (NI) who report that 25% of all primary school children in NI are leaving primary school not having achieved a reading and writing standard appropriate to their age. (2009) </li></ul>
  7. 7. Specific Problem – Tonnta CIC <ul><li>lack of opportunities for children in primary education to use digital media as learning tools. </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of Opportunities for parental involvement </li></ul><ul><li>Need to Engage children through ICT </li></ul><ul><li>Develop ICT skills for future </li></ul><ul><li>economic activity </li></ul>
  8. 8. Solution - Schoolpodcast
  9. 9. Schoolpodcast Solution <ul><li>Synergy – ‘Education’ </li></ul><ul><li>Supports the Charity Business Model </li></ul><ul><li>Tonnta Has Social Outputs and Outcomes in its own right </li></ul><ul><li>Is a New Product in NI </li></ul><ul><li>and ROI – not displacing </li></ul><ul><li>any existing businesses </li></ul>
  10. 10. What we want to Achieve in Tonnta CIC ? <ul><li>Successful </li></ul><ul><li>Social Business </li></ul><ul><li>Currently 25 </li></ul><ul><li>schools Schoolpodcast </li></ul><ul><li>Aim to have 70 </li></ul><ul><li>new schools June 2012 </li></ul><ul><li>10% of turnover from ROI in 2012 </li></ul><ul><li>Profit in 2013 </li></ul><ul><li>£10k Revenue generated for the Sólás in 2013 </li></ul>
  11. 11. What we Want to Achieve in Sólás <ul><li>Steady growth of ‘Back on Track’ – Retired Teacher Volunteers – one on one </li></ul><ul><li>400 Children supported by ‘Back on Track’ in 2011/12 </li></ul><ul><li>800 Children in 2012/ </li></ul><ul><li>2013 </li></ul><ul><li>1200 Children </li></ul><ul><li>in 2013/2014 </li></ul>
  12. 12. Sólás
  13. 13. Tonnta CIC Supporting Sólás <ul><li>Business Model – Tonnta CIC generates revenue to support the work of Sólás </li></ul><ul><li>By year 3 – put £15k into Sólás </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainability of Charity </li></ul>
  14. 14. Lessons Learned! <ul><li>Believe in What your Doing </li></ul><ul><li>Passion </li></ul><ul><li>Perseverance </li></ul><ul><li>Healthy Balance between Social Goals and Business Goals </li></ul><ul><li>Just when you think it is tough it gets tougher </li></ul><ul><li>You will meet GREAT people </li></ul><ul><li>Enjoy the journey ! </li></ul>
  15. 15. Developments <ul><li>Developing a partnership with Mornington to set up a ‘Drop In’ Centre (Sólás) </li></ul><ul><li>New podcasting product for youth clubs in development at moment (Tonnta) </li></ul><ul><li>Working on developing phonics e-book with two previous unltd winners (Sólás) </li></ul><ul><li>Invest NI support for employee (Tonnta) </li></ul><ul><li>Innovation Voucher – development work with UUJ (Tonnta) </li></ul>
  16. 16. Paula Reynolds Director of Business Development Sector Matters
  17. 17. Sector Matters <ul><li>What do we do: </li></ul><ul><li>Worked with c. 110 groups across Northern Ireland and return business (1:3) </li></ul><ul><li>Finance support in the form of book keeping and finance management </li></ul><ul><li>HR support: recruitment; policies and procedures; redundancy advice; employment disputes; retainer contracts </li></ul><ul><li>Strategic and operational planning; issues and actions </li></ul><ul><li>Delivering on two finance projects – setting standards </li></ul>
  18. 18. Sector Matters <ul><li>Why did NICVA set Sector Matters up? </li></ul><ul><li>Responding to need: Taskforce; demand driven; ongoing internal discussion </li></ul><ul><li>Supporting groups to become more effective and efficient; consider how the operate </li></ul><ul><li>Income stream for NICVA </li></ul><ul><li>Leading by example </li></ul>
  19. 19. Sector Matters <ul><li>How did we do it? </li></ul><ul><li>Wholly owned and controlled by NICVA; Company limited by shares; incorporated 5 Nov </li></ul><ul><li>Board – 5 Directors; Staff </li></ul><ul><li>Income – grant and loan </li></ul><ul><li>Support – NICVA; Invest NI and the Social Enterprise Programme; Work West </li></ul><ul><li>Research – market research and Business Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Identified core services </li></ul>
  20. 20. Sector Matters <ul><li>What value have we brought? </li></ul><ul><li>High quality business services and support; peace of mind; objectivity; independence; knowledge and expertise </li></ul><ul><li>Finance projects: Book keeping eg HMRC payments and finance management eg £150 savings </li></ul><ul><li>HR services: approximately 60 posts including CEOs and ongoing contracts; numerous policies and procedures; employment disputes – grievance and disciplinary </li></ul><ul><li>Strategic and operational planning – helped turn organisations round; rebuilding trust with funders; fundraising support </li></ul><ul><li>Finance projects: Lloyds and Charity Bank </li></ul>
  21. 21. Sector Matters <ul><li>What have we learned? </li></ul><ul><li>Planning – Income and targets driven; strategic overview; identification of need; monitoring and evaluation </li></ul><ul><li>Delivery – high quality services delivery; on time </li></ul><ul><li>Marketing – know your customers; NICVA communication channels; word of mouth – ‘only as good as your last piece of work’ </li></ul><ul><li>Managing – sales and profit; meeting targets; invoicing; cash flow is crucial </li></ul><ul><li>Culture and language – need to know both sectors; ‘you are running a business’ </li></ul><ul><li>Support is essential – information and people </li></ul><ul><li>Time is money and you don’t get it back! </li></ul><ul><li>Put in the hours! </li></ul>
  22. 22. Sector Matters <ul><li>What would we do differently? </li></ul><ul><li>Invoicing and cash flow </li></ul><ul><li>Concentrate on sales not systems </li></ul><ul><li>Ensure wider buy in across the organisation </li></ul><ul><li>Use the Board expertise more </li></ul>
  23. 23. Sector Matters <ul><li>What do we need to do now? </li></ul><ul><li>Introduce sound systems and support </li></ul><ul><li>Medium to longer term business planning </li></ul><ul><li>Take a more strategic view of business development eg retainers </li></ul><ul><li>Marketing – revive old materials; create new ones; client testimonials </li></ul>
  24. 24. Sector Matters <ul><li>Services:HR </li></ul><ul><li>Finance </li></ul><ul><li>Planning </li></ul><ul><li>Fundraising: costing </li></ul><ul><li>Finance projects : Lloyds and Charity Bank </li></ul><ul><li>Contact : [email_address] or 028 9087 5018 </li></ul><ul><li>NICVA : 028 9087 7777 </li></ul>
  25. 25. What our clients say <ul><li>&quot;Sector Matters provides MindWise with recruitment services from advice on improving the Job Specification through to carrying out the short listing.  We have found the service very professional and as Sector Matters tailors its services to the voluntary sector we know they understand our staffing needs&quot;. MindWise </li></ul><ul><li>“ Sector Matters have worked closely with us and we have found their skills and knowledge to be excellent. Their support has been invaluable in enabling us to really strive towards our strategic vision……. The Peace Factory </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;I’m positive that the work completed by Sector Matters and the report it produced is actually becoming seminal in how we turn round our ‘culture’“. Mark Langhammer, from Crusaders Football Cub </li></ul>
  26. 26. Cliff Kennedy Oasis Caring in Action
  27. 27. Ciara Brennan Unltd
  28. 28. Further Social Economy Support <ul><li>Social Entrepreneurship Programme </li></ul><ul><li>Belfast City Council </li></ul><ul><li>Social Economy Village </li></ul><ul><li>Tradesocial.net </li></ul>
  29. 29. Contact us Claire Ferris Work West 301 Glen Road Belfast BT11 8BU Tel: 028 90 610826 E: [email_address] W: www.workwest.co.uk