Standing for the Social Business Wales Advisory Board is an opportunity to get your views and opinions on the direction of Social Business support in Wales heard directly by those who are planning and delivering it.
Previous advisory group members have had the opportunity to make a meaning input into the development and strategy of the project.
“I’d like to think I’ve contributed an alternative business perspective to the proceedings. Manufacturing and social value combined is my passion and being a part of the SBW advisory board has given me a platform of legitimacy from which to help others achieve their social mission and also a better understanding of a previously alien, policy laden, but necessary, process to establish the Social Business sector as key to the future of Wales.” Jo Ashburner, Red Dragon Manufacturing
Access to procurement opportunities is a current priority and this has been driven by market development research and input from the Advisory Board.
“By hosting the Social Business Wales project the Wales Cooperative Centre has a unique opportunity to support the development of social enterprise in Wales but it needs strong, vocal practitioners that are working at ground level to help steer that project. I believe my experience as founder and MD of Greenstream and my first hand experience of public procurement and ecommerce markets have brought a useful insight to the board and a developing awareness of what needs to be done to maximize the well being act for the benefit of social enterprises in Wales. I have been working in the social enterprise sector in Wales for eighteen years, 9 or them within my own social enterprise.” Ellen Petts, Greenstream Flooring
How to apply:
Please forward a short description of yourself and why you should be elected to the advisory board to firstname.lastname@example.org by 31st January. No more than 200 words please!
- Nominations are invited from any leader of a social business operating in Wales (for the purpose of this process, Social Businesses are broadly defined as Co-operatives, Social Enterprises, Mutuals and Employee Owned Businesses – these definitions would include business models such as CICs, Community Benefit Societies and Charitable Incorporated Organisations).
- There are three advisory board positions, one each for the North Wales area, South West and South East.
- One nominee will be elected for each area.
- Election will be via ballot at the following events which can be booked here:
- Email / postal votes will be allowed if submitted to Ann.email@example.com no less than three (3) working days before each event.
Terms of reference:
The purpose of the Social Business Wales (SBW) Advisory Group is to advise the operational managers of the project to ensure effective delivery of Social Business Wales. Particular support will be needed to:
- Promote the services of Social Business Wales to their networks
- Provide feedback on and offer improvements to the service offered by Social Business Wales
- Advise on growth priorities for the sector
- Advise on any gaps in support provision
- Promote joined up services to the sector particularly around finance and business support
- Support the growth of the social business sector in Wales
- To advise on regional priorities and growth opportunities for the sector