The Black Country LEP are launching the Black Country Social Enterprise Task Force to coincide with Social Enterprise Day on 11 November 2021. The role of the Social Enterprise Task Force is to provide industry feedback about challenges and opportunities and advise the Black Country LEP on the most effective ways to grow the social economy.
Part of the Black Country LEP’s Economy of Together action plan, which has been developed to use the power and strategic position of the LEP to turbo-boost the Black Country’s social economy, the Social Enterprise Task Force is made up of business representatives from across the Black Country who are running fantastic businesses and organisations, generating revenue, adding value, but importantly adding social and environmental value at the same time.
Kevin Davis, Black Country LEP Board Member and Chair of the Social Enterprise Task Force said:
“As well as financial, a social business is one that cares equally about social or environmental good as its bottom line. We call this the “triple bottom line”. Collectively, those businesses have the power to deliver much more than the sum of its parts, and we call that the social economy. The Black Country has many challenges around educational attainment, youth unemployment, business productivity. It also has enormous potential with a young and diverse population, a strong cultural identity and heritage and businesses that make products that are sold all around the world. Its social economy is well-placed to use that potential to tackle those challenges.”
The Black Country LEP are launching the Task Force to coincide with Social Enterprise Day 2021 a national initiative taking place as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week designed to give social enterprises the chance to tell their stories, show what makes them different from traditional businesses and shout about the impact of their work.
LearnPlay Foundation, a digital media company in Wolverhampton will sit on the Task Force. LearnPlay Foundation have years of experience of making a difference to people’s lives through computer games, films and design. The organisation provides media production services, producing videos or print media, they use that work to create apprenticeship opportunities. They use it provide outreach to communities and young people. And they use it to provide innovative learning and curriculum enrichment sessions for schools and PRUs to assist with behavioural or learning objectives.
Ro Hands, LearnPlay Foundation commented:
“I welcome the opportunity to share our experience of the social economy and how companies like LearnPlay can have a significant impact on improving lives through the Social Enterprise Task Force. Not only do social enterprises generate revenue perhaps more importantly we add social and environmental value and it’s essential we work with partners across the Black Country to ensure we share best practice to enable us to collectively continue to grow the economy in a way that genuinely adds value across the whole of society.”
To find out more about the Social Enterprise Task Force listen to Kevin Davis here: https://youtu.be/_KPshlVFy0I or visit https://www.blackcountrylep.co.uk/our-strategy/business/social-enterprise/
For further information contact Helen Annetts, PR on Behalf of the Black Country Consortium on 07779026720 or email: email@example.com
Black Country Social Enterprises who sit on the Social Enterprise Task Force.
LearnPlay Foundation – Wolverhampton
LearnPlay Foundation are a not-for-profit creative digital studio as well as an apprenticeship and short-course provider centred around creative and digital skills. LearnPlay Foundation’s primary objective is to make a difference to people’s lives by empowering and upskilling them as well as curating schemes and activities to bridge the digital divide whilst providing realisable and quantifiable social value to the sub-region.
To-date LearnPlay Foundation have through their learning division achieved 700 level 2, 3 & 4 apprenticeship completions across the region; helped over 1400 people achieve their English, Mathematics and IT functional skills, a must and a precursor to any employment journey; taken over 550 people through digital programmes resulting in a measurable level of upskilling; and supported 2500 + people through preemployment programmes resulting in 94% going on gain employment.
Provision House – Dudley
Originally called ‘Loaves N Fishes’, the charity started in 2004, supporting women and children in a refuge who were in housing crisis and often found themselves being re-housed having no household items. The charity, now based in Dudley and known as ‘Provision House’, has grown into a recognised organisation, offering services to those most in most need.
Service users include those leaving hostels, fleeing domestic violence and others in housing crisis. Through the provision of re-cycled furniture, household items and clothing, we help them build a home for themselves, whilst also delivering skills and employability training at the organisation’s warehouse, furniture recycling centre or charity shop.
Urban Hax CIC, Walsall
Urban Hax CIC is a non-profit makerspace established in the Black Country. Its mission is to build a community of makers, tinkerers, innovators and hobbyists who come together to share their knowledge, skills and crafts with other members of the community. Urban Hax’s goals are to build upon the knowledge of others, establish a creative space where people can come together (young and old) to nurture the basic human desire to make, and give access to tools and equipment that aren’t commercially available to the public.
Through talks, classes, workshops, collaborative projects, and other activities, Urban Hax want to encourage research, knowledge exchange, learning, and mentoring in a safe, clean space. The organisation provide educational spaces for teaching practical skills and theory of technology, science, and art. They also provide work space, storage, and other resources for projects related to art, science, and technology that will benefit the individual members' personal growth in their fields of interest, encouraging the individual members to share their projects and knowledge for the betterment of society through art, science and technology.
Urban Hax create, learn, and teach, individually and as a group. Developing and supporting the development of, and provide resources for the development of free and open-source software and hardware for the benefit of society. Urban Hax promote collaboration across disciplines and build on the knowledge of members and industry qualified staff to make community ideas and projects into a reality.