First Ark Group, a unique social impact business, has been announced as headline sponsor for Northern Enterprise 2016, the inaugural one-day conference, exhibition and awards that aims to steer the Government’s devolution agenda through the social sector.
Happening at Manchester’s Victoria Warehouse on October 13, Northern Enterprise 2016 is the brainchild of Liverpool company, Social Enterprise Network, and is bringing businesses together from across the north of England to map out the role that social value can have in shaping the changing face of the Northern Powerhouse.
First Ark provides a unique offer operating commercially, working responsibly and investing profits to create a social dividend that literally changes people’s lives.
Rosie Jolly, CEO of Social Enterprise Network, said:
“Northern Enterprise 2016 is privileged to have an organisation like First Ark Group as headline sponsor. I hold the company in personal high regard as one of the leading social impact businesses that has really taken social value seriously and embedded it into its business model through every directorate.
“First Ark Group has developed some good social value models through the procurement process and in other areas of its business, ensuring a positive impact on customers, which can be easily replicated by others.
“First Ark Group represents everything that Northern Enterprise 2016 is hoping to achieve, leading the way in its field and a prime example of how embedding social value within a company can impact positively upon a business and communities.”
Tony Cahill, executive director, First Ark Group, said:
“We are delighted to be the headline sponsor at Northern Enterprise 2016. Investing in social value is of high importance to First Ark; we understand the impact and power that collaboration between businesses across the three sectors can have. The Northern Powerhouse agenda presents a valuable opportunity for organisations to really shape the way business is done here and Northern Enterprise 2016 offers an opportunity for organisations to come together and shape this agenda.
“It’s going to be a fantastic event with some outstanding speakers and plenty of activities happening on the day.”
Other sponsors include The Heseltine Institute University of Liverpool, Big Society Capital, SELNET, Assist Mi, Fusion 21 and Respublica.
Following on from the conference and exhibition will be the Northern Enterprise 2016 Awards, which recognise the achievements of those individuals and businesses that are shining beacons of social value best practice.
The term social value relates to The Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012, whereby public organisations are required to factor how the social, economic and environmental issues of a local area are considered during procurement.
A range of ticket packages can be purchased here: https://ticksi.com/events/367/northern-enterprise-conference-2016
"First Ark represents everything that Northern Enterprise 2016 hopes achieve, leading the way in its field, a prime example of how embedding social value can impact positively on business and community"
Rosie Jolly, CEO of Social Enterprise Network
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