“We Walk the Social Enterprise Walk”

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“We Walk the Social Enterprise Walk”

Here’s how we take Social Responsibility seriously……

Owadally & King have the pleasure of being a sponsor of Young Start-up Talent in Croydon 2015. We love getting involved with community based projects in Croydon as we believe in giving back to our community and to those less fortunate than ourselves.

Inspired by a seminar he attended, our partner Simon Maddox showed the global charity International Needs UK how it could enable businesses to give back to projects the charity supports. O&K are leading by example;

  • By giving life-saving vaccinations every time we complete an Annual Return for a client
  • By giving new school uniforms to third world schools every time we finalise a company Tax Return.
  • And by giving an African family a sustainable source of food and an income, in the form of chickens, every time we win a new client at O&K.

So far we have donated, 118 Child Immunisations, 478 School uniforms, 660 Chickens (33 families)

We wanted to make a real difference to our local community too, so when an innovative CIC Enterprise Cube came to us, having been let down by another firm, not only did we solve their accountancy issues within 24 hours, but we also got involved in their community work.

Enterprise Cube CIC runs business start-up training courses for the residents of Housing Associations. The courses are free to delegates, because they are paid for by the Housing Associations and give their tenants (many of whom are from disadvantaged backgrounds) the skills, knowledge and confidence they need to set up their own business.

Young Start-up Talent is a community based project helping 16-25 year olds with an entrepreneurial flair for business to make their dreams become a reality.

The judging will be ‘Dragons Den’ style pitch and the panel are made up of Local business leaders. The judges of the project will get to star in a video of the pitches, which will then be presented to the audience at the grand final which in the past has included heads of schools, politicians, teachers, local business leaders and the families.

This project has grown since its launch in 2010, there is a prize fund of £50,000 worth of products and services to help the winner start up their own business, and we are always looking at ways of helping entrepreneurs get their businesses up and running and we just had to be sponsors of this year’s Young Start-up Talent.

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Enough about us here is a little bit about the last winner of the Brighton 2014 competition and her business idea. 24 year old Natalie Evans wowed the judges with her company 42juice, which produces fresh organic juices made up of 100% raw, cold pressed fresh fruit and vegetables to provide instant nutrients and vitamins, 42juice offers cleanse and detox packages. Since winning the prize fund Natalie has appeared in The Sunday Times magazine and in Cosmopolitan. Natalie recently opened a shop in Market Square in The Lanes, Brighton and we wish her and all the other winners a bright and profitable future.

WE LOVE PROMOTING SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

At O & K we are committed to giving something back to our community and helping others.

As an accountancy practice in Croydon we have a young environment, and we are all socially connected. We believe we can make a difference in the world and especially in Croydon, even though we are a relatively small company.

“I truly believe that businesses that don’t address social responsibility, and more importantly, don’t put this at the heart of their operations,will suffer over the medium to long term” Richard Branson

“Do you want to spend the rest of your life selling sugared water, or do you want the chance to change the world?” Steve Jobs

 We have been sponsors at the Croydon Business Awards for the past three years and we will continue to support this local event.

Three of the biggest challenges of our time are

  1. Economic stagnation.
  2. Poverty and suffering.
  3. Youth unemployment                                                                                                     

O&K are committed to giving back to help empower those less unfortunate than ourselves. So here is what we are going to do…………

Firstly we have agreed as an accountancy firm in Croydon to support the work of Paul Funnell and his Croydon company Enterprise Cube C.I.C.

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Paul and his team have been working with housing associations, homeless hostels, even ex-offenders and ex-gang members providing 10 week business start up programmes.  

With a host of new partners in their work to help disadvantage people start businesses their first 3 months have been busy, and they’ve seen many businesses flourish, further convincing us that enterprise can change lives and of the benefit of Creating & Unlocking Business for Everyone!

The programmes have been so well received that Enterprise Cube is now running courses in Bromley and Maidenhead. They are pleased to announce they’ll soon be embarking on their next set of Strive programmes across England.
Up to 175 disadvantaged and local entrepreneurs will join them as they launch seven new Strive programmes during 2013 with a great collection of partners including Affinity Sutton, Genesis, Housing Solutions and Riverside Homeless Hostel.

At the end of a ten week programme residents / participants get the opportunity to present their business idea to a panel, who ask questions of them and give them advice.

Enterpise Cube in Maidenhead with Simon Maddox of O&K and Home Secretary Theresa May

I was lucky enough to be invited to Maidenhead for one such presentation and was asked to be on a panel with Cllr David Burbage, leader of Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead and John Petit Housing Solutions Chief Executive. The panel awarded an incredible package of Housing Solutions backed start-up support including: social start-up loans, contracts, memberships to the chamber of commerce, free marketing and ongoing support from the CUBE team.

ImageTheresa May, Home Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities, joined us  presenting the residents the numerous start-up support packages as they graduated from their Strive Further Start-up training programme. 

“It’s a great day and exciting to see the great work [Enterprise CUBE] are having in helping residents to start businesses”, said the Home Secretary before going on to present certificates to start-ups she hopes will go on to become successful businesses that will create employment for other people in the community.

It’s a great start to a relationship which we hope will make a real difference to peoples lives.

Call me Simon Maddox, Partner at O&K on 0208 686 7756 or Contact Here  for more information about our social enterprise initiatives