Social enterprises are businesses that compete in the marketplace just like any other business. However, they also trade for a community, social or environmental purpose, re-invest any profits made back into their business or community, and adopt ownership structures that are based on participation rather than personal or private gain. Our services include:
Cleavely Community Forest Garden
Pulse worked at risk to help Incredible Education CIC to apply for Reach Fund grant to enable us to develop a business plan, cashflow projections, and to develop governance and social impact to help develop a former plant nursery owned by Salford City Council into a sustainable horticulture and education resource hub. Our support included working out a phased development plan for the site and undertaking market research to support a range of income streams including schools’ contracts, development of a garden centre, cafe and outdoor market. The site has now been cleared and first structures erected.
Ian Bocock, Incredible Education CIC Director, said “Our experience working with Pulse Regeneration was very successful! Pulse supported us through the whole process as we worked towards achieving the Reach Fund and the implementation of a five year business plan which has gone on to support our business development. The whole process was friendly and supportive with regular face-to-face meetings and follow up communications”
Pulse supported All Saints Action Network (ASAN) with the development of a new wood recycling Social Enterprise in Wolverhampton called Wood Saints. Our support included developing a business model for the new enterprise including identifying and researching the different services, product pricing, customer profiling, competitor analysis, premises requirements, and management and staffing. Pulse produced a business, financial plan, and sales and marketing strategy for the enterprise. We also helped identify grant funding and investment sources. Wood Saints in now established with its own Wood Depot, is stopping wood going to landfill through collections, has a timber yard and retail shop, and has created a range of local jobs and training opportunities.
The Reader Cafe
Pulse have supported The Reader with the development of a Business Plan as part it’s conversion of the Grade II listed Mansion House in Liverpool’s Calderstones Park for a new cafe social enterprise in the former ice cream parlour. We worked closely with The Reader to develop a vision and aims for the project, undertake market research including local cafes and best practice research including arranging a study visit to the Half Moon Café in Saltaire, business model development including operations, staffing, management and menu planning, and the development of detailed financial projections and capital cost plan. The Café was successfully opened and has exceeded all initial income projections.