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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The Circle logo - 16 connected coloured dots in concentric sets of two (red, yellow, lime green, dark purple, blue, green, light red and light purple) in the shape of a 'C' next to the words 'The Circle' in grey lettering

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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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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Pitch Perfect: The Circle Academy celebrates 2020’s participating Social Entrepreneurs

Cohort 3 of The Circle Academy commenced on the 17th of September 2020 after 6 months of what can only be described as COVID-related chaos. It was an immense victory for us to be able to pilot the first ever fully digital Academy programme, with a brand new Academy Manager, a purpose built online learning platform and eight existing or aspiring social business leaders along for the ride.

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Squaring The Circle on Funding Applications with Kirsty Thomson

The world of funding can be complex to navigate and if you don’t know what funders are looking for it can make it difficult to get the funding your organisation or project needs. Acquiring funding is particularly important for many organisations at the moment to plug the gaps in cash flows and to allow them to adapt their way of working in response to the covid-19 crisis. Join Founder and CEO of The Circle, Kirsty Thomson for a webinar where she’ll be covering what you need to know about the world of funding.

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New opportunity to join our thriving community

We know times are hard just now during this challenging period of uncertainty. For many, our working spaces have become dining room tables, the edge of the bed or our living room. There’s plenty to enjoy about the flexibility of working from home, but we’ve found that as more people begin to safely return to their offices, they come to realise what they were missing: other people!

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Funded spaces available for The Circle Academy cohort 3

We are thrilled to be able to offer a limited number of funded spaces on cohort 3 of The Circle Academy for people who fit into any of these three categories:

  • Individual business owners who have found themselves on Universal Credit or low income as a result of pandemic who need support to pivot and grow sustainably in 2021
  • Individuals with additional support needs
  • Young entrepreneurs in the Dundee postcode area (Aged 16-24)
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