The Social Enterprise Action in South Yorkshire Development Partnership (SEASY) brings together a number of cutting edge social enterprises from across South Yorkshire and is led and co-ordinated by SCEDU (Sheffield Community Enterprise Development Unit).
Partners include: Groundwork Sheffield, Social Enterprise Europe Ltd, Graduate Gateway and Barnsley Black and Minority Ethnic Initiative (BBEMI).
SEASY aims to develop, support and promote a thriving social enterprise sector in South Yorkshire, which is capable of bringing excluded groups of people back into the labour market. The rationale is to ensure that South Yorkshire’s social enterprise sector maximises opportunities afforded through public sector contracting and regeneration initiatives.
SEASY has been focusing its activities on the following areas within three main strands:
Workforce development strand
1. Pilots for workforce development and capacity building for social enterprises
2..Pilots to harness and attract non-traditional people moving into the social enterprise sector both as employees and entrepreneurs
Social Accounting strand
3..Developing new accounting for quality models incorporating the best of social audit, social licenses and social accounts
4. Developing new business models for public/private/social enterprise partnerships, including JVCs (Joint Venture Companies) and procurement
5. Creating routes to public sector procurement contracts by piloting new social enterprise brokerage models.
Primary beneficiaries include: new and existing social enterprises.
Ultimate beneficiaries include: unemployed people from disadvantaged communities, women, ethnic minorities, older people, people with disabilities, graduates, young unemployed males and non traditional workers in the social economy.