CASE is pleased to be delivering a series of 1-2-1 support sessions and workshops on behalf of Charnwood Council. If you are thinking of starting a business or running one and would like some advice and support then please do get in touch.
Promoting Your Organisation on Social Media: A half-day workshop, Thursday 5th October, run by Green Pepper Training and taking place at the CASE offices.
What is the workshop about?
How to use social media more effectively in order to promote your organisation’s aims and activities.
It is for anyone who uses social media on behalf of their organisation.
- Managing and planning your campaigns
- Targeting your audience
- Building your reach on social media.
- More effective content
This workshop will help participants to become more confident in using social media to market their organisation, whether that be for events, campaigns or more generally to raise awareness. It will consider how to extend your organisation’s presence on social media; how to manage your social media campaigns and increase engagement; and, using examples from Facebook and Twitter, how to make content more effective.
- Be more aware of how to extend their organisation’s reach on social media.
- Have improved understanding of target audiences and effective content.
- Be more confident in using social media to promote their organisation.
Venue and booking details
The workshop will be held from 9.30am until 12.30pm at the CASE Office, 1 The Crescent, King Street, Leicester, LE1 6RX
The workshop costs £29. To book, please book here
CASE is delighted to announce that our CEO, Dorothy Francis, received an MBE in the New Year Honour’s List for “services to enterprise and the communities of Leicester and Leicestershire.”
Dorothy was one of three prominent figures in the UK social enterprise landscape to be recognised in the New Year Honours List and was mentioned in the Government’s press release for her services in supporting enterprise growth.
Dorothy has worked tirelessly for 33 years to encourage co-operatively run businesses to establish and grow and has directly supported over 200 enterprises to start, develop and realise their potential. Some of the businesses that Dorothy supported to set up have now traded for 30 years and many are award winners in their field.
The MBE was announced on December 31st 2016 and crowned an outstanding year for Dorothy in which she was included on both the Birthday and New Year Honours lists. In addition to receiving an MBE in the New Year’s Honours List, Dorothy was recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in April 2016 when she received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion Lifetime Achievement Award. The Lifetime Achievement Award is an OBE equivalent honour and is only given to one person annually; Dorothy is the 12th person in the UK to hold this accolade.
It was a busy year for Dorothy in that she also became a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), which is the most senior level of membership and is awarded by invitation only. The invitation was in recognition of the contributions that Dorothy has made to the field of management and leadership within the co-operative and social enterprise sector and the role that she will play within the CMI to help shape the future of the management profession.
Dorothy commented “I love my work and consider it to be not just a job but a vocation. I am passionate about co-operatives and social businesses and I am delighted to receive recognition through being granted an MBE, the Queen’s Award and an invitation to Companionship of the CMI. However I have not achieved this in isolation and I would like to thank the inspiring people at CASE, past and present, whom I have worked alongside to promote the principles and practices of social business for many years. I would also like to thank the dedicated, hardworking and inspirational people who access CASE to explore and fulfill their dreams of running community focused businesses. I consider myself lucky to work with people who seek to change society and it’s a pleasure to be involved with so many committed social entrepreneurs. “
One of the businesses that Dorothy works with is Just Services, a co-operative that provides support and advocate services for people with disabilities. Keira Cornish, Manager of Just Services said:
“I would like to congratulate Dorothy on behalf of Just Services Limited on being awarded an MBE. Dorothy worked with the founders of Just Services to establish and registered the business 15 years ago and we cannot thank her enough for her continued support which has helped us to develop and grow our services for people with disabilities. She is a pleasure to work with and we would not have reached where we are without her. Dorothy truly deserves this award and we know that our sentiments are echoed by hundreds of people that she has also assisted”.
Yasin El Ashrafi is Managing Director of HQ Recording Studios in Leicester. He said:
“Dorothy has been instrumental in the success of HQ. She has advised us for over 6 years and is always our first port of call when we need impartial, professional business advice. Dorothy helped HQ secure a grant that enabled us to open our studio and with her help we have gone from strength to strength. Dorothy is inspirational and motivates me to be the best I can be.”
CASE congratulates Dorothy and we are proud to have her as our CEO!
Date: 19th January 2017
Venue: CASE, 1 The Crescent, King Street, Leicester, LE1 6RXPrice: £50 plus VAT
What’s the course about? News, information and opinion travels fast on social media. But so do problems. Credibility and reputation can suffer, individuals can lose their jobs; and organisations can end up facing legal problems. Using case histories, this workshop looks at how organisations can better protect themselves and their staff from the pitfalls.
Who is it for: anyone responsible for or interested in their organisations’ social media output; HR staff; managers.
What will it cover:
Potential problems with social media and their impact
Guidelines on safer use of social media
Social media policy
Synopsis: we will consider the different actions that can lead to problems on social media; and the impacts these can have on organisations. Then, using case histories, we will look at how problems can be avoided; and develop some guidelines for staying safe on social media, particularly in respect of Twitter and Facebook. Finally, we will look at what a social media policy should contain in order to help protect an organisation from problems; and how to deal with them should they arise.
Improved awareness of what can go wrong when using social media
How to stay safe using social media
The importance of having appropriate settings for applications such as Facebook and Twitter
What makes a good social media policy
CASE is hosting a number of FREE sessions as part of the Leicester Business Festival.
Wednesday 26 October ‘Enterprising Women Charnwood’ a session for women seeking to establish business in Charnwood. Come along to Charnwood Borough Council to network with advisers, bank managers and other women in business and find out more about our support programmes for women in business.
On Thursday 27 October we will be at the Business Expo at the Leicester Tigers stadium on Welford Road. Come and talk to us about how we can assist you to establish and grow your business.
Friday 4 November ‘Enterprising Women Leicester’ offers an opportunity to meet and mingle with women in business and to learn about our programme of workshops and one-to-one support for women setting up in business.
Join the debate on Wednesday 2nd November when we discuss “Co-operatives – Model Businesses for the 21st century’. This lively conversation will take place at the CASE office.
Please contact Ian Wilson firstname.lastname@example.org or Dorothy Francis email@example.com to find out more about any of the Leicester Business Festival events.
CASE will be at Loughborough Job Centre all day on 5th October to meet people interested in taking part in business programmes in Charnwood. Drop in to find out more or to enrol on our workshops.
Dorothy Francis, Chief Executive of CASE (Co-operative and Social Enterprise Development Agency), received a Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion on Thursday 21st April, the Queen’s 90th birthday.
She is one of five people in the UK to receive the Enterprise Promotion award and is the only person to be granted the accolade of a Lifetime Achievement Award. The Award is made to people who have played an outstanding role in promoting enterprise skills and attitudes by giving time, effort and advice.
Dorothy earns the Lifetime Achievement Award for Enterprise Promotion for over 30 years of supporting co-operatively run businesses to establish and grow, primarily through her service at CASE where she has been the Chief Executive since 2000 having started work with the agency in the mid-1980’s. CASE specialises in delivering advice, training and business support for co-operatives and social enterprises in Leicestershire and the East Midlands. Dorothy has directly supported over 200 enterprises to start and develop and has worked with many more to realise and grow their potential. A number of these businesses have now traded for between 15 to 30 years and have grown to provide numerous local jobs and win national and local awards.
Dorothy was nominated by her team at CASE for this award. Jane Avery, a friend and colleague, commented: “I have known and worked with Dorothy for over 30 years; her reputation amongst our clients is legendary and many of her clients become firm friends. Her commitment to helping local people to bring their business ideas and dreams to reality is second to none; she is skilled in nurturing co-operative entrepreneurship and is valued enormously by the people that she works with. She works tirelessly for CASE yet goes home and does more of the same, volunteering at her local church and sitting on the boards of co-operative and community groups.”
Sarah Pollard, a founder member of Shepshed Carers’ Co-operative, a domiciliary care business that operates across a wide area of Leicestershire said, “This Award is so well-deserved. Dorothy helped us to set up our business, spending many hours with us to build our enterprise skills and confidence. Twenty three years on we employ over 100 people and deliver services to more than 640 people but without her support we would never have started in business – she had faith in us, saw our capabilities from day one and helped us to achieve our dream.”
Dorothy said “It is an honour to receive this award and I consider myself fortunate to be awarded for doing a job that I love. It is a pleasure to work for CASE to support passionate, enthusiastic people who run businesses that bring positive change to local communities. I am rewarded in knowing that I help to support sustainable co-operatives and other forms of social businesses that have a huge impact within communities in Leicestershire and further afield. When I started working in co-operatives I had no idea that it would be a lifetime’s work but I am happy that this has been the case – I have enjoyed every moment and I am privileged to have been a part of this movement for so many years.”
The Award takes the form of an engraved crystal chalice and a ceremonial Grant of Appointment, which bears a copy of HM The Queen’s and the Prime Minister’s signatures. It will be presented by Jennifer, Lady Gretton JP, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Leicestershire at 12 noon on Monday June 20th in The Lord Mayor’s Tea Room, Leicester Town Hall, Town Hall Square, Leicester, LE1 9BG.
Dorothy will travel to a reception at Buckingham Palace in mid-July to meet the Queen and other Award winners and to celebrate her success.
Soft Touch Arts Ltd
Dorothy served in a voluntary capacity on the Soft Touch board for 28 years before resigning in 2014. However she missed the involvement and has since returned in the capacity of a Business Ambassador, promoting Soft Touch’s work to the private sector.
CASE would like to thank everyone who voted to support our application to the Skills and Opportunities Fund.
The fund received 911 applications from across the UK, of which 90 were shortlisted for the public vote. Thanks to your votes and support we are delighted to announce that CASE is one of the 44 winners!
We have been awarded funds to run Enterprising Women Leicestershire, a project that will bring enterprise skills to women to grow self-confidence and empower them to set up their own businesses. The project will target women who are unemployed or from disadvantaged areas and will include networking and training events, mentoring sessions and one-to-one support to develop confidence, self-belief and assertiveness in the women taking part.
CASE could not have achieved this without your support and we would like to say a huge “Thank You” for your votes and for passing the message on via Twitter, Facebook and emails. Your assistance was great and is so much appreciated.
International Women’s Day is celebrated around the globe on 8th March to showcase and applaud the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.
CASE, as a predominately female-led organisation, has always been a champion for women in entrepreneurship, guiding women to realise their potential and to follow their business dreams.
We often meet women who have a well thought out idea but are nervous about taking the next steps to make their business a reality because of various issues including (but not limited to) preconceptions about combining work and family life, perceived lack of business or management skills and stigma relating to social class or educational background.
Lots of female-led businesses that we have supported over the years have faced these issues and many more head on, emerging victorious to establish and run successful, long lasting businesses, many of which have gone on to win local and national accolades.
Shepshed Carers Co-operative, which recently celebrated its 22nd birthday, was set up after its two founding members, both women, were made redundant and feared that they would be unable to find other employment. The co-operative has won awards for its work and was invited to speak at 10 Downing Street about their successes and how these could be replicated across the country.
Somali Development Services was set up by Jawaahir Daahir on her arrival in the UK from The Hague in the late Nineties. As one of the first Somali arrivals in Leicester, Jawaahir realised that there was a need to assist the newly arriving community with their integration into Leicester life, whether this was through language classes or assistance with other tasks such as registering with schools or local medical practices, growing SDS into an invaluable asset for the local community. For her work within the Somali community Jawaahir was awarded the British Empire Medal in 2015 in recognition of her tireless dedication to the community.
Just Fairtrade, established and led by founder Sarah Shepherd, is more than just a very successful shop selling Fairtrade goods in the heart of Leicester. Just Fairtrade places a heavy emphasis on community education, going into the heart of the community to show and explain products and to organise talks from Fairtrade producers and farmers. The business works closely with Lanka Kade, a fairtrade manufacturer based in Sri Lanka and through this successful partnership has brought change to the lives of Sri Lankan communities through fairer wages, sustainable employment and safe working conditions.
This is just a tiny snapshot of some of the incredible women (and their businesses) we have been blessed to work with over the years and just goes to show that if you want something then there is no such thing as a barrier, merely an obstacle to move around.
If you would like to share your experiences of being a Woman in Entrepreneurship with us we do have a survey that we would love for you to fill in – click here to take the survey.