There are very few days when our whole team is in the office. We’re lucky enough to have great Flexi Time and TOIL policies and in addition to that, most of the time our works takes us to different parts of the country. Out of curiosity, we decided to map our where the clients we worked with in November are, along with the types of assignments we’ve been working on.
It looks like a lot, but we have 12 in our team, ensuring that every organisation or individual we work with gets our full attention, as well as support from different members of the team as their specialisms are called upon.
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We are proud to be partners in the delivery of Just Enterprise, the Scottish Government’s programme of business support for the third sector. Workshops are free and can be attended by staff, Board members and other volunteers. Find out more https://www.justenterprise.org
Raymond Page recently attended Budgeting workshop delivered by our very own Roy Crosby and was delighted with the experience.
I recently attended one of these day-long events. It’s by far the best of its kind that I’ve come across in a long time. The presenter, Roy, is friendly and approachable, knows his topic and dispenses the course content in manageable chunks.
We start with a balance sheet; there’s a handout with various typical entries, these are explained in detail and expanded as necessary. The first exercise; transfer the balance sheet entries to an Income & Expenditure paper spreadsheet using the apportionment notes supplied. The various rationales are discussed, explored and applied. A model answer spreadsheet is then distributed.
Next exercise is transferring these results to a Cash Flow statement; again, using the notes provided and discussing the reasoning behind each entry. Again, a model answer is distributed.
The final exercise, and in my mind, this part elevates the course to a new level. We tackle a Funding Application. The exercise demonstrates how to incorporate new information to the existing Cash Flow statement, where to place the new entries and how to make reference to them. Prospective Funders should see immediately that the application is coherent and cogent. In addition, and this is key, Funders will realise that the people behind the application thoroughly understand their organisation, its financial structure and that they are in control.
What’s not to like??
We are proud to lead the partnership of social enterprises delivering Just Enterprise, the Scottish Government’s programme of business support for the third sector.
As the current contract comes to an end, we took time to reflect on the recent independent evaluation of the programme, which is available in full here.
You can read our summary article in the Third Force News Guide to Running a Charity or Social Enterprise 2018 which is available here: https://www.flipsnack.com/CEIS00/third-force-news-just-enterprise.html
If you've never experienced the Social Enterprise World Forum you're in for a treat - inspiring speakers, thought provoking topics and a wonderful location.
It's absolutely crammed with goodness and we don't want you to miss a thing.
As founders of SEWF, we here at CEIS want to ensure you make the most of your visit and have asked previous attendees (and other event experts) to share their wisdom.
Ingrid Webb, CEO Cope Ltd
"Before my first SEWF, I would have wanted someone to tell me get involved with everything possible. Be brave and meet people - say hello, have a coffee with a group you haven’t met before. Sit next to people you don’t know and start chatting. I met so many great people that way, people that I am proud to say are now great friends and mentors."
Duncan Osler, MacRoberts LLP
"My tip for those attending their first SEWF this September - the time will fly by and so many of the speakers and delegates will have great tales to tell – you may too! Try to identify those you might like to speak with and contact them as soon as you can. The smartphone app was a really good way to keep in touch at past SEWFs, and I’m sure it will be this time too."
Joanne Seagrave, SEWF Event Organiser
"Download the app! It will allow you to see who else is attending and get in touch with them ahead of time. You can keep up to speed with the programme and even take part in some events through your mobile phone."
James Finnie, Business Adviser, CEIS
During the breaks look for someone standing on their own and go speak with them. Ask them about their story…you’ll be amazed at what you learn
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