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Social Value – Social Impact and Accounts Reports

Its report, ‘Social Value – taking full account of a company’s true impact’, seeks to define the role of social value and how it enables the business sector to play a meaningful role in supporting a region’s strategy for skills development and economic growth.

Black Country LEP’s Annual Review looks to the partnership’s impact in the past year including reporting back on impacts on business, the community and through widening awareness in the media.

Social Enterprise UK (SEUK) has previously published annual reviews, but this is their first attempt to produce a more formal and structured approach to reporting on our social impact. The report aims to look at the extent to which we achieved our mission and created a positive social impact from April 2013 to March 2014.

Celebrating 30 years of commitment to creating social change, Unity Trust publish their second Social Lending Impact brochure exploring the outcomes supported by their lending.

Big Society Capital outline the social investment journey so far and demonstrate their actions to develop the market throughout 2013.

HCT Group is a social enterprise in the transport industry. The report demonstrates all of the organisation’s actions and impact on a range of their stakeholders.

Showcasing the impact that Eve Trades’ enterprises – from coffee shops, to painting and garden maintenance, a bike hub and media studio and more – have on their local communities.

The publication of Tridents social accounts – ‘Exceeding Expectations’ – is one of the new ways in which Trident is measuring its performance beyond the usual financial and key performance indicator framework.

At a time when housing associations are tackling the fallout from the international financial crisis, welfare reform, and the introduction of new value for money tests, measurement of its impact on communities and increasingly fragile, local economies is crucial.

Some local areas have already developed social enterprises as one way to overcome barriers around the employability of ex-offenders to support the transformation of rehabilitation. The Home Office commissioned a short term programme of work undertaken in February and March 2013 by Clinks and Social Firms UK which resulted in this summary report and a range of case studies.

The arts have long been used to help rehabilitate offenders or improve the life chances of those at risk of getting involved in crime. This report looks at three charities using art to work with prisoners and ex-offenders: Clean BreakOnly Connect and Unitas. It calculates the money these charities’ work saves the criminal justice system, putting forward the economic case for investment in arts charities.

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