New appointment in support of town’s social enterprises

David Hassall
David Hassall

BUSINESSES that plough their profits back into the Scarborough community are to be given more support.

As the Government encourages the growth of social enterprises, local organisation ‘seachange’ is looking to help them flourish in Scarborough.

Seachange has appointed a Social Enterprise advisor, David Hassall, whose background includes advising businesses through Business Link.

He will help with all aspects of running a social enterprise– from setting up to book-keeping, management and marketing.

Mr Hassall said: “There are an increasing number of businesses being set up as social or charitable enterprises and it is important that they get the support they need to succeed.

“Many are set up with tremendous enthusiasm but sometimes lack the necessary skills to progress.”

A social or charitable enterprise is a business with defined social or environmental aims that re-invests its profits, rather than paying out to shareholders. They can be a wide range of businesses and organisations from village halls to sports clubs.

Mr Hassall’s new role will be to help anyone looking to set up a social enterprise and advise them whether it is the right route for them to take and also help new and existing enterprises to gain the necessary skills in running a business.

His first task will be a special forum to be held in February to bring together people who are thinking of setting up a social enterprise or have already done so.

More details will be announced nearer the time but if anyone would like more information they can contact Mr Hassall on (01723 362205) or 07799 646300 or via socialenterprise@seachange-community.org