Are you a social enterprise, or thinking of setting up one? Then read on to hear about Positive Bunch.
Positive Bunch has a clear commitment statement: Positive Bunch ethos is that we want to focus-on; and maximize the impact of social-good. We choose to reinvest our resources and funds into helping local communities, social causes and environmental initiatives. Being a Positive Bunch Member means together we can help spread a little bit of Sunshine to others and in some cases; help turn a negative into a positive!
Sara Allen from Positive Bunch explains it is a not-for-profit social-enterprise initiative, that provides a community-based platform that can help connect people from around the world.
A great tip for anyone looking to set up a social enterprise is to get straight onto Social Enterprise UK as they are not only a global authority for social enterprise, but they also have the biggest network of social enterprises in the UK and a huge amount of support for anyone with or starting a social enterprise.
Positive Bunch is a project reaching out to support people and reduce isolation, and you will realise from the information on their website that they do a lot of research, checking reports and statistics that demonstrate the need for such support. It isn’t just a gut-feeling on their part, they research to help them best identify what they can do to support people where it’s needed. It is a great source to find signposts to specialist organisations depending on someone’s circumstances, so they again have clearly done a lot of research to identify these sources to help others.
They raise funds to support their ongoing support and projects, so if you are thinking of starting up a social enterprise, don’t forget that you need to make sure you are in a position to be able to generate funds to cover costs. Again, the Social Enterprise UK website is a great place to get advice. You will also find advice on steps to take to set up a social enterprise from the ‘Cobra’ database that you can get remote access to with a City Business Library membership. Cobra in this instance stands for Complete Business Reference Adviser.