Recognised as one of the most influential social enterprises in the Northwest, Blackburne House has been awarded the nationally recognised Social Enterprise Mark for their continued dedication to the development of education and training for local women.
Launched in February 2010, The Social Enterprise Mark recognises businesses that meet highly defined criteria of social enterprise, have high standards of sustainable business practice and offer a benefit to their community. Only 10 businesses in the North West have been awarded the Social Enterprise Mark, including the Cooperative Group based in Manchester.
Government data estimates that there are 62,000 social enterprises across the UK, contributing £24 billion to the economy and employing around 800,000 people.
Recent research found that social enterprises are twice as confident of growth compared to typical small to medium enterprises (SMEs), with 48% of social enterprises saying they are positive about the future as opposed to just 24% of SMEs (The Social Enterprise Coalition‟s State of Social Enterprise Survey 2009).
Social enterprises are working to make a difference across the UK and beyond, but not enough people know what they are or how they work. The Social Enterprise Mark aims to raise awareness of what social enterprises do in order to get more people to buy from, engage with, start up and work for social enterprises.
The most recent edition to the services Blackburne House offers and a contributor for qualifying for the Social Enterprise Mark is the Women‟s Enterprise Hub. Set up with the support of Liverpool Vision, „The Hub‟ offers female entrepreneurs a great range of benefits, all of which is offered on a flexible membership, as well as support and guidance from some of the City‟s most successful female entrepreneurs.
Jo McGrath, Enterprise Director at Blackburne House said:
“I am honoured that Blackburne House has become one of the first 10 social enterprise in the Northwest to receive the Social Enterprise Mark. Blackburne House has always been committed to supporting the local community, ensuring our business practices are sustainable helping female entrepreneurs develop and thrive.”