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£80,000 has been distributed in Dundee through the Resilient Communities programme

A total of £80,000 has been distributed to Dundee social entrepreneurs over the past four years through a strategic partnership between The Circle and national funding body, UnLtd. This funding was awarded through UnLtd’s Resilient Communities programme, a project which aimed to support and work with social entrepreneurs to build resilient and enterprising communities in areas throughout the UK.

Through the People’s Postcode Lottery, grants have been awarded in South Wales Valleys, North Staffordshire, Brighton and Dundee. Grants were also awarded in 19 other areas of the UK through Local Trust.

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A Kickstart: Tips for employing young people in 2021

With the country slowly opening back up, and the introduction of the government’s Kickstart scheme, It’s highly likely that your organisation may be looking to recruit new talent and offer opportunities to young people. 16-25 year olds have been disproportionately impacted by job losses over the last 12 months, and many more have missed out on furlough due to zero hour or casual contracts, or working on a freelance/self-employed basis.

New figures have revealed that 63% of those who faced job losses in the last 12 months were under 25. Employees aged 25 and under were nearly two and a half times as likely to work in a sector that was shut down due to social distancing, with many of these unlikely to return to full staffing levels for some time.

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Help shape The Circle’s future as a non-exec Director

The Circle is a hub for charities, social enterprises, community groups and socially aware businesses.  We provide affordable offices, co-working and community space, as well as affordable meeting and event spaces.  By bringing organisations together, we are promoting collaboration and fostering innovation that does social good in the city.  We have recently launched The Circle Academy, a training programme for individuals interested in running “More Than Profit” businesses.

You can read our most recent Social Impact Report here.

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Dundee’s Social Entrepreneurs receive thousands in funding from UnLtd after a successful pitch event.

Four local social entrepreneurs have been awarded a total of £16,000 in funding for the development of their socially impactful ventures. The four individuals were amongst a number of entrepreneurs who pitched their ventures to a panel at the Resilient Communities Do It Award pitch event last December. Jill Duke, Sharon Wilson-Hodgson, Marco Notrangelo, and Naomi MacIntosh each received up to £5,000 to go towards start-up costs alongside a tailored package of ongoing support and 1-1 coaching from UnLtd.

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Ask The Circle: TAX Returns.

Do you find yourself leaving your TAX Returns to the last minute year after year? Find completing your TAX Return tedious and complicated? Do you want to know if you really need to do it, and if it really matters if it’s a little late?

Our Financial Controller Ruth has answered all of your need to know questions, so if you struggled this year, then the information below should help you to be much better prepared next time…

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Everything You’ve Missed From The Circle So Far In 2021

At the end of each month we release a newsletter to our subscriber to share updates from us at The Circle, opportunities for individuals in the third sector, and some wisdom and good news from the team to uplift and inspire.

Sharing our knowledge in order to support the growth of More Than Profit, Social Enterprise, and charity organisations is a key part of our mission at The Circle. Our newsletter is one of the many ways we aim to do this.

You can catch up on the content from our January Newsletter below and subscribe here to receive future newsletters.

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Embracing 2021: Some Words From Our Founder About The Year Ahead

Like many social enterprises, charities and businesses, we started this year with hope that we would get back into the office in January and build up our community once more face to face by working with our amazing tenants, clients and Academy candidates. Unfortunately, a further lockdown was announced, and this was not to be.  

Memories of March 2020 came flooding back and of course the overwhelming emotions I felt during the announcement of the first lockdown. This time though, I felt slightly different. The team pulled together so much last year to get us through the low points and times of uncertainty…

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Squaring The Circle on SROI with Lynn Hendry

Demonstrating the impact and value of your organisation essential, especially nowadays for the continued success of your organisation.

Organisations are accountable to their funders in terms of evidencing how they have spent any grants they receive and the outcomes of the projects these have funded. And increasingly, consumers are considering a companies social impact when making purchasing decisions, and in an era of greenwashing and virtue signaling, consumers want proof of what their money is going to support.

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