Our Aims – Why we decided to go for this
We want to see Keighley thrive by:
- Building awareness of social enterprise
- Get consumers, local businesses and the public sector ‘Buying Social and Buying Local’
- Attract new finance and funding into Keighley for social good
What this means for the Keighley Community
Even if you don’t see a direct benefit of a thriving social enterprise movement in Keighley you are likely to see indirect benefits as everyone benefits.
The social enterprise sector is a growing movement of people involved in developing stronger local economies, creating jobs, creating local wealth and assets, improving the quality of life, and helping people work together for mutual benefit rather than private profit.
- Offering services that are currently unavailable or too expensive for the local community to use.
- Providing education, training and employment opportunities for people who are disadvantaged in the labour market.
- Improving the local environment.
- Providing social care or other welfare services that improve the quality of life of their users.
Who else has done this?
We’ve been learning from other social enterprise places about why they turned to social enterprise and what they have achieved:
Alston Moor was first awarded the Social Enterprise Town status and is currently one of only 6 towns to achieve this status. We want Keighley to be the next.
Alston Moor is in Cumbria based around the small town of Alston. The parish/ward had a population of 2,088 at the 2011 census.
Alston Moor had 20 social enterprises which had a £1.5m contribution to the economy; and provided jobs to 60 people when they applied to be a social enterprise town.
In Alston Moor, the status has raised the town’s profile and, according to the social enterprise leaders there, it has been good for morale amongst local businesses and the community at large. It has also attracted visitors from as close as Liverpool and as far afield as China, Spain, Sweden and Taiwan.
What chance has Keighley got?
You may be surprised to learn that Keighley has a thriving social enterprise and social purpose movement happening and we strongly believe that we can gain this status and put Keighley on the national map.
There are lots of amazing people and organisations who believe in making Keighley a better place for everyone, here are just a few organisations making this happen:
You can read more about them by clicking the name and visiting our website.
How can you support this?
From there you can keep an eye on our progress and if you want to share our posts as well that would be great.
Are you a social enterprise or socially responsible business?
You can add your organisation to our website by visiting here – https://keighleyset.co.uk/add-your-social-enterprise/
If you are looking to shop more ethically or sustainably or want to keep what you spend in the local community take a look here at the amazing organisations in and around Keighley.