Recent social enterprise development work


Who have Geof Cox Associates been working with recently...

Funky BinCan this waste paper bin really be made from old plastic bags by some of the world's poorest people? You betcha!Wonderful new social enterprise Funky Junk Recycled have just asked us for advice on issuing CIC Shares.

Funky Junk was started by ethical tourism company Carpe Diem Travel. Coincidentally People & Places – Ethical Volunteering - the latest initiative of Ethical & Responsible Tourism Guru Harold Goodwin – is also looking at the CIC Share form.


Sometimes the recent explosive growth of social enterprise in areas like fair trade, the environment, health and social care seems to overshadow the long history, importance and impact of organisations that trade for cultural and educational purposes. Among other work with cultural and educational bodies, we are currently helping Tyne & Wear Museums reach more diverse and disadvantaged people, and revisioning the exemplary Discovery Museum in Newcastle.

We're partnering the new Institute for Voluntary Action Research and others in the latest Joseph Rowntree Foundation research project on asset based community development.

We're helping staff at Chester-le-Street CVS do their own social enterprise company formations - and we're working with FINE to provide mentoring to CVSs and other voluntary sector umbrella bodies in the North East of England on how to support social enterprise development more generally.

We're helping Amazonails - the leading strawbale builder in the UK – improve their governance.

Current organisational structures and restructuring work includes:


The Childcare People have won the South Tyneside most promising new business award – that's not just 'most promising social enterprise' – but most promising of ANY business!

We're also working with the West Mercia Probabtion Service, Dave Tomalin, and a number of other partners on social enterprise for prisoners and ex-offenders, and of course with a number of NHS externalisations and other social enterprise initiatives in health and social care.

Oh - and advising Oxfam in Russia on social enterprise development of course!


Egidijus BiknevičiusEgidijus Biknevičius of Etalink - also a former president of the Lithuanian union of blind innovatorsSTOP PRESS... We've just heard that one of the participants in our Lithuania training programme, Egidijus Biknevičius, won the Lithuanian national 2008 Young Entrepreneur Medal of Merit for Business for his work establishing the ICT social enterpise Etalink (for a passable translation google 'Etalink' and select 'translate this page' for the top result).

Angela Brown, childcare social entrepreneurAngela Brown, childcare social entrepreneur

As part of his work on social enterprise development with South Tyneside Council, Geof Cox has assisted the establishment of The Childcare People. This new model child care social enterprise has been developed by childcare experts Training in Childcare, and was launched by David Milliband, Foreign Secretary and MP for South Shields, on 22nd February 2008. Geof Cox assisted the business planning, the development of a unique organisational structure, and the winning of £50,000 start-up grant funding.

See some of the local press coverage here and here.

For evaluation contact Angela Brown, Training in Childare Managing Director


Much development work recently has been around the development of social enterprise trading companies for charities. While this is usually focused on the organisational restructuring required, help is often also required on other aspects of the social enterprise development. Some examples are: