As part of our Rank Foundation project we have been working with Viewhear CIC on a three films, discussing myths, funding and the importance of social enterprise.
See below what we have come up with.......
Our director, Gareth Hart, spoke at the prestigious Social Enterprise Mark conference this week. Invited to be on a panel debate about certification, business and growth Gareth said: "It was great to be at this conference and speak about our work.
"We've held the Social Enterprise Mark for eight years and recently become accredited for the Living Wage too.
"I think these badges are important as they increase credibility and also prove we are trying to do business for social good."
The annual conference in Birmingham explored themes on Growth for Good. Other speakers came from Scotland, Sweden and across the UK.
Iridescent Ideas is delighted to become an accredited Living Wage Employer. Director, Gareth Hart, said: "We've always paid the Real Living Wage but it is great to finally be officially certified for this.
"Paying the Real Living Wage is a key way businesses can contribute to creating a fairer society.
"We urge all businesses to pay it - there is a lot of evidence that, despite early increase in costs, in the long-term is pays off for businesses - helping with productivity, staff retention and well-being.
"Ultimately this is about trying to make the world a better place through business and pay is a key part of that."
Here at Iridescent we are keen on building a social enterprise economy (had you guessed that?!)
We are proud that our home city of Plymouth was the first Social Enterprise City in the UK and equally proud of our role in securing and developing this concept.
In this article for Pioneers Post, our Director, Gareth Hart looks at the impact of gaining the city badge in 2013 has been: https://www.pioneerspost.com/news-views/20190325/cash-confidence-and-creating-buzz-social-enterprise-city-five-years-on
The EU is funding Iridescent Ideas CIC to deliver business advice to existing social enterprises and start-ups in Devon and Somerset. The programme is called Enhance Social Enterprise. More information about Enhance can be found here… We want to commission a suitably qualified freelance business adviser to help deliver this project with us between April and September 2019. Please download the brief below and follow the instructions.
If you have any questions please contact Gareth Hart at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Heart of the South West Enhance Social Enterprise Programme is receiving funding from the England European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.
We are very excited to be a part of The Rank Foundation’s Plymouth Rise Programme. This £1.5 million scheme aims to promote social enterprise and inclusive growth in Plymouth. The Rank Foundation is funding Iridescent Ideas to provide thought leadership, business advice and information to support the social enterprise economy in the city. We will also be encouraging greater networking across social entrepreneurs.
What are we delivering?
We will be delivering the following activities for people looking to start a social enterprise and for established social enterprises:
Our first webinar is on 12th November. Join in here:https://www.facebook.com/events/245095746184647/
If you want to access this support please send us an email and we will arrange a one-to-one to find out more. CLICK