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HCT Group and the Community Transport Association host Impact and Enterprise event

Posted: 21 Jun 2019

On Tuesday 11 June, HCT Group and the Community Transport Association (CTA) hosted their Impact and Enterprise event in London. The aim of the event was to bring like-minded organisations together to have an open conversation about the success, challenges and process of building a social enterprise. Guests came from near and far including Ealing, Norfolk, Oxfordshire, Plymouth and Glasgow. Opening remarks were given by HCT Group’s CEO Dai Powell and CTA’s CEO Bill Freeman, followed by Andy Daly from Social Enterprise UK (SEUK) giving a speech on what it means to be part of a social enterprise and how SEUK can support.

Attendees heard from three social enterprises based in Wales, South Pennine and Norfolk about the work they’re doing for the community. Llanwrtyd CT started a recycling business for local events to support their community transport work which was quite impressive. Kevin Carr from South Pennine CT spoke about identifying opportunities that would be most helpful for residents but also efficient for the business. And West Norfolk Community Transport spoke about their work with Norfolk County Council to address the current needs and create a mutually beneficial relationship that ultimately serves local residents.

Bill Freeman then conducted an interactive session where groups were asked to map out the process of identifying various needs of individuals and the types of problems social enterprises are solving on an ongoing basis.

The afternoon was divided into two workshops. One about social impact led by HCT Group’s Julia Meek and Stephen Sears, and another about sustainability through contracts, led by HCT Group’s Tracey Vickers. Attendees found these workshops informative as it gave them the opportunity to ask the workshop facilitators questions about their experiences and how to navigate challenges.

Martin Clarke, Head of Future Journeys at HCT Group, said “Our Impact and Enterprise event aims to inspire organisations in the community transport sector to pursue an entrepreneurial approach to grow their activities, make them more financially sustainable, and work together to overcome challenges. Transport helps improve the quality of people’s lives, tackling social isolation and loneliness, and we want to see more transport organisations make more of a difference.”

If you’re interested in exploring the social enterprise route for your organisation, contact Martin Clarke at martinclarke@hctgroup.org or find out more about what we're doing here

You can download presentations from the day here.