Samantha Tullett Micro Market Development Project Support Officer. Micro Project Outcomes and Future Support. Agenda. Project update and overview Key activities to date Overview stats Provider and Operational Feedback Post project support and activities
Micro Market Development Project Support Officer
Micro Project Outcomes and Future Support
Update on Key project activities Jan ’11 to Feb ‘12….
Networking events, training and workshops
“Great to get a potted history by Sam and eventually get a clear answer from the tax man about rules!...all as expected and better...really really appreciate having the event and access to all the key people in SWC”
“All the presentations were equally useful as we are only just starting out so all of the information is new and of benefit to us. Thank you for putting on such an accessible, informative and friendly event, it has enthused and motivated us and acted as a reality check for our social enterprise idea”
Particularly good or useful: “Meeting others and seeing what is going on in Sussex. Jam packed full of info”
“Business planning and funding particularly useful. Could have been a (full) day workshop). More events please”
“This event has helped us to provide a framework for taking our idea and proposal forward”
“Very useful to learn about PAs and new carers wanting to provide services, also day facilities in a farm and therapeutic input. I found all very well thought out. Thank you for inviting me.”
“Some very useful services showcased, some of which I know I can use and have already passed on some info to clients. I was pleased with the number of new providers and the range of services; but I got the impression many of the providers were unaware how we would commission the service and how much to charge.
…. I have made a couple of referrals already, sent leaflets for the DVD of memories for sufferers of Dementia out to one client, and referred two day centre type providers to a lady who was going to be alone on Christmas.
… I’d love to have a stand on services and their leaflets available to look through in St Marys somewhere”
“As a social worker relatively new to the area it was interesting to find out about the services being exhibited, particularly those related to learning disabilities.”
“Not great quantities, but quality of contacts were great, thank you….it would have been nice to see service users….we really appreciate the support and opportunity to meet people”
“A valued service which has opened up new horizons and applications for my work…look forward to the next one”
“All the right people attended; a useful morning…very valuable. We made several good leads and met some really nice people”
Micro providers: on barriers andenablers to start up and sustainability
Contributing Factors to success:
Grant funding…we would have collapsed without funding support!
Listening to the user voice about what’s needed
Multiple strings to our bow
ASC support has been brilliant
Not sitting back and thinking ‘we’re ok now’
We nurture relationships
Grassroots informal approach/being in the community
I’m an entrepreneurial person!
Support and referrals from practitioners
Full time work!
ESCC Insurance requirements
Demonstrating credibility as a small organisation
Hard to stay on top of all available information at times
Lack of seed funding
Finding affordable support (business)
Approved List criteria
Lack of experience in marketing – we are poor at this
Limited available financial input to business