Company Objective: To support social enterprises across Kent and Medway.
The STAMP Programme was an initiative funded by Kent County Council, Public Health and the Kent Clinical Commissioning Groups to support the development of a network of sustainable Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) organisations with the resources to continue to deliver outstanding adult health and social care services. By accessing a series of high-quality local conferences, impactful training workshops and expert advice and coaching, frontline VCSE organisations will be able to lay the foundations for sustainable growth and development.
- 252 organisations registered on STAMP
- 972 hours of one to one support
- 22 conferences and events offered with 488 people attending those events
- 71 workshops delivered with 355 people attending these workshops
- 165 organisations with new strategic or business plans
- 76 organisations with new volunteers, board members/trustees, interns or human resources policies and procedures
- 125 organisations developing impact frameworks, which identify their social value
- 146 organisations actively pursuing consortium-working, partnerships and multi-partner project opportunities
- 80 organisations seeking to become social enterprises or seeking to set up new social enterprises
- 184 organisations seeking to diversify income, developing new funding bids, tendering and/or accessing sponsorship
- Over £4m worth of bids were submitted!
- Satisfaction ratings consistently over 95%
Balancing needs of clients alongside those of commercial enterprise could cause problems for organisations with a social purpose. This is a challenge but it also creates a niche market for growth. Many NGOs (Non-Government Organisations) have potential to become quality providers of jobs, supporting by the emergence of enterprise. Some of the world’s best and most successful entrepreneurs have been excluded members of society in their personal past. Using their natural entrepreneurship “street-wise” skills are used to overcome poverty and disadvantage. Many have had no entry-level qualifications that would have allowed them to access HE.