Today marks the first ever Social Saturday to take place in the UK raising awareness of the social enterprise model and the benefits that they bring to the local community. All over the country, consumers are being encouraged to use the day to buy from businesses that make a difference.
CASE is passionate about social enterprises and the difference that they make to the people who work in them, and the community around them. Throughout the week we have been promoting different social enterprises found in Leicester, and if you missed the list here they are again now:
Kinetic Law Services: a legal services co-operative committed to providing the best possible service for its clients.
Saffron Acres: A co-operative teaching the local community how to grow their own produce and providing advice about healthy living and sustainability.
Sunflower Neighbourhood Nursery: A childcare co-operative which also supports parents to be able to take up employment and training opportunities.
Leicester Community Music Project (LCMP): A co-operative which supports people to develop their job skills and self-confidence through music and the arts.
Tomorrow Together: A social enterprise which aims to transform the lives of those in the local community.
There are over 55,000 social enterprises in the UK, and you may recognise the names of some of them such as The Big Issue and Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen restaurant. But did you know that Leicestershire has an amazing and diverse social enterprise sector?
In addition to the local social enterprises we have been covering throughout the week, CASE has helped to establish hundreds of different social businesses throughout our 32 year history, including:
- Shepshed Carers, a domiciliary care company which started operating from a dining table and grew to over 100 employees serving the Shepshed and Loughborough areas.
- CKI, a martial arts school providing affordable training to young people.
- Soft Touch Arts, transforming the lives of young people through the arts.
- Leicester Wholefoods Co-operative, the biggest wholefood retailer in the Midlands which also provides education about healthy eating.
The official Social Saturday website has released a short video featuring Jamie Oliver, which explains why people should buy from social enterprises. The video can be viewed below.
Since 1982 CASE has been supporting entrepreneurs in Leicestershire and the East Midlands to set up and develop their own social enterprises to address a need or market in their local area. CASE itself operates as a social enterprise and our expert business advisers have more than 50 years of collective experience between them in areas such as finance, social media, marketing, HR and legal structures.
We help to establish organisations and support them through the lifetime of the business with some of our businesses now entering their third decade of trading! We believe that business support doesn’t stop as soon as a social enterprise takes on its first customer and maintain our relationships with our clients throughout the years, assisting with other issues such as capacity building and crisis management.
In 2012 we celebrated our pearl anniversary and produced a video as part of our celebrations to find out what CASE clients thought about the support that they had received from the agency. See what our clients had to say about us by watching the video below.
If you have been inspired by the case studies you have seen during the week and would like to find out more about social enterprise or the ways in which CASE can support you to set up then get in touch by calling us on 0116 222 5010 or email firstname.lastname@example.org