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A major survey of social businesses in Wales is about to get underway – don’t miss your chance to be part of it.

A major survey of social businesses in Wales is about to get underway. Don’t miss your chance to be part of it. In 2014, Wales Co-operative Centre commissioned a directory of social businesses in Wales and the production of a report ‘Social Businesses in Wales: The State of the Sector’. The report highlighted that social […]

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“Getting Social Businesses in on the Act” – Part 7 of 7

Social Business Wales is here to help. 11. The role of social businesses in delivering the Act The Act provides the framework to expand the range of not-for-profit service models thereby increasing the diversity of provision available and tapping into the creativity that exists in our communities to help people achieve their well-being, focusing on […]

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“Getting Social Businesses in on the Act” – Part 5 of 7

9. Further routes into the Act: Co-production and Information, Advice and Assistance services Co-production The concept of co-production sits high up in the whole new approach to care and support laid out in the Act and refers to a way of working whereby practitioners and people work together as equal partners to plan and deliver […]

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“Getting Social Businesses in on the Act” – Part 4 of 7

8. Where to get in on the Act III: Part 9 of the Act – Co-operation and Partnership and the emerging Regional Partnership Boards You will have noticed the increasing reference to ‘local authorities and their partners’ and to ‘partnerships’. Part 9 of the Act concerns arrangements for local authority co-operation with relevant partners and […]

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“Getting Social Businesses in on the Act” – Part 3 of 7

6. Where to get in on the Act 1: The population assessment The purpose of the population assessment is to identify the range and level of services required to meet and prevent the care and support needs of the population, and the support needs of carers. The assessment must also identify: Extent to which those […]

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Social business support marked on Europe Day

Today is Europe Day and at the Wales Co-operative Centre we wanted to take this opportunity to celebrate and share with you the impact Europe’s support has had on social businesses here in Wales. Last year we launched our new Welsh Government and European Regional Development Funded operation, Social Business Wales. We chose the Digital […]

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“Getting Social Businesses in on the Act” – Part 2 of 7

The Act, well-being and social businesses – what it is and what’s in it for my business? 4. Well-being: What it is and why Well-being underpins the whole system of the new Act. It does this by linking early intervention and prevention services to promote and realise people’s well-being. Information, advice and assistance services to […]

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“Getting Social Businesses in on the Act” – Part 1 of 7

Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act – New market opportunities for Welsh social businesses 1. Preamble Social Business Wales exists to support social businesses to grow via strategies focused on developing products and services, diversify into markets and through collaboration. Its Market Development Advisers specifically look for opportunities to help our clients access new markets […]

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Employee Ownership – confident democracy in action

On Tuesday I attended the national employee ownership conference. This is ‘the’ UK gathering for the sector, bringing together employee owned businesses, businesses on the road to employee ownership, those who might just be thinking about employee ownership and a range of advisors and practitioners providing support to the sector. We first attended this event […]

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A Collaborative Economy for the Common Good

This week, we are launching new research from Pat Conaty which explores a new economic strategy for Wales against the backdrop of uneven growth and imbalanced recovery from the downturn across the UK. The report draws on best practice and lessons from international case studies and what is currently emerging in Wales to develop the […]

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